Biden honors Filipino American pandemic frontliners during history month

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — US President Joe Biden paid tribute to Filipino American frontliners working during "one of the darkest years in our history."

In a statement issued by the White House on Saturday, Biden recognized Filipino Americans' contribution in the fight against the global health crisis, saying they have been "selflessly working on the widespread frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic."

"According to one study from last fall, while Filipino Americans comprised just four percent of nurses in the United States in 2020, they accounted for nearly a third of all nurses who tragically lost their lives due to COVID-19," Biden said.

"Today, our nation mourns their losses and honors the tremendous contributions of Filipino Americans during this global health crisis and throughout our history," he added.

Biden's statement came as October marks the Filipino American History Month in the US.

"Filipino Americans are an essential part of our nation's strength and diversity, a living reminder of the courage of immigrants, and a growing force in our civic movements and engagement," he said.

Biden concluded his statement by thanking the Filipino American community for their sacrifices and service.