OFWs should be welcomed and assisted –bishop

Published April 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People has appealed to everyone to welcome and not discriminate returning overseas Fìlipino workers during this coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga (CBCP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Let us welcome our OFWs. Let them come home,” ECMI vice chairman Bishop Ruperto Santos said in a statement.

“What they are asking is just our acceptance, not discrimination as COVID-19 suspects,” he added.

The Balanga, Bataan prelate said since Filipinos are known for being hospitable people, the more they should be with their fellow Filipinos who are considered “modern heroes.”

“They are our co-nationals, our own Filipinos. We are hospitable people, should we not be more hospitable to them? So let us welcome them wherever their home is in the province, city or town here in our country,” Santos said.

The CBCP ECMI official also asked everyone to extend help to OFWs during this “difficult and dangerous” time as he reminded them of the sacrifices that OFWs made for the country.

“During that time when our world is healthy they were there for us working on land and on seas. When there were times of financial crisis, their remittances made our economy afloat,” said Santos.

“Now when we are same shoes, struggling and even stumbling, we have to extend helping hands to them, our OFW’s,” he added.

Bishop Santos said although everyone is suffering because of the COVID-19, the disease is also a challenge for people to be “compassionate and charitable.”

“Even with troubling and trying times we can do good things, we can share the best of ourselves.” he said.