Marcos honors OFWs on Migrant Workers' Day, vows to boost ties with host countries to ensure their welfare

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 7) — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. vowed to boost ties with countries hosting overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to ensure their safety and welfare, as he honors them on National Migrant Workers' Day

In a video posted by Malacañang on Wednesday, Marcos recognized the sacrifices and contributions of Filipinos working abroad to their families and the Philippines.

“We understand the challenges that you faced being far from your loved ones, adjusting to new cultures and overcoming barrier,” he said.

“That’s why this administration will continue to foster stronger ties with countries that host our migrant workers, ensuring safety, welfare and wellbeing,” he added.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed there were around 1.83 million Filipino workers abroad during the period of April to September 2021.

Former President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a measure creating the Department of Migrant Workers in 2021, which is tasked to oversee policies protecting OFWs.