Marcos pledges ₱200,000 each to 'Kabayan 2022' awardees

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is giving ₱200,000 each to the nine recipients of the "Kabayan 2022 Awards" organized by Go Negosyo.

First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos made the announcement on behalf of her husband during the awarding of overseas Filipino workers and entrepreneurs Alvin Esperida, Angelito Castro, Anthony Leuterio, Elpidia Abel, Jeffrey Guansing, Malou Prado, Mardel Delos Santos, Mark Durotan, and Marvin Intal.

"Pinapasabi ng asawa ko na meron siyang bonus sa mga awardee na tig-₱200,000 each [My husband said he will be giving a bonus to the awardees worth ₱200,000 each]," she said during Go Negosyo's 17th anniversary year-end summit in Pasay City on Saturday.

Malacañang has yet to disclose the reason for the president's absence at the event.

Meanwhile, Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion reiterated the support of the private sector for overseas Filipino workers and small businesses.

"Our MSMEs and OFWs can be catalysts for growth for our country. But they will need the help of our big brothers, Go Negosyo, and many of the entrepreneurs with us today," Concepcion said.

Migrant Workers Secretary Toots Ople reminded OFWs that the agency is there to assist them in any way possible. She also said she is working with Concepcion on possible business partnerships for the workers' benefits.

"Para yung mga makabalik pwede kayo makaranas na magtrabaho at matuto sa iba't-ibang kumpanya sa Pilipinas [So those who will return home, you can experience working in companies in the country]," Ople said.

Thousands of current and former OFWs attended the summit to learn about financial management and best practices from OFWs who have become entrepreneurs, businessmen, and content creators.