Church leader cites contribution of OFWs to the country’s economy

Published November 18, 2021, 9:59 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) , cited the sacrifices and valuable contribution of overseas Filipino workers to the country’s economy.

Bishop Ruperto Santos (CBCP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Our OFWs are our economic front liners against Covid-19. With their remittance for the first nine months this year reaching 23.12 billion dollars, we are financially sustained and stable,” Bishop Santos said over Radio Veritas.

The prelate said, the country’s migrant workers are considered as modern day heroes. They deserve to be recognized with their rights protected, he stressed.

“Truly, they are our economic heroes. They exemplify the true face of Filipinos: honest, hardworking and helpful,” the Church leader said.

Santos called on the faithful “to pray for all our OFWs and the families that they have left behind.”

“They are always ready to share, make sacrifices for our country and their loved ones. With their generous remittance, our Christmas is merrier and our New Year happier. Let us be grateful to them and always pray for their strength, sound health and safety,” Santos said over the faith-based station.

According to the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the remittance rate of OFWs reached $3.026 billion dollars as of September this year as compared to $2.88-billion dollars during the same period last year.

Remittance of the country’s OFWs for the first nine months in 2021 amounted to $25.699 billion dollars, up from $24.302 billion dollars during the first nine months in 2020.

 
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