Washington, D.C., USA
May 2, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. engaged with the United States employers of almost 200,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in a meet and greet during his official visit to Washington, D.C.

The employers are both land-based and sea-based sectors representing hospitals, healthcare and cruise line industry.

In his remarks, the President conveyed his appreciation to the American employers for continuing to hire Filipinos in their respective sectors, thereby enabling his countrymen to provide a better future for their families. His Administration is striving to provide sufficient jobs so that Filipinos do not need to leave the country out of necessity.

At the same time, he cited that in a global world at present, OFWs are more stable economically and decided to work abroad based on their personal choice.

“When you say that the, what the ladies and gentlemen that we have here today represent 200,000, you do not represent 200,000 employees. You represent 200,000 families and you represent 200,000 communities in the Philippines. And that is because we have in very typical Asian fashion, we have a very extended family in the Philippines. We have a nuclear family and the sacrifice that our overseas workers does is because they want to help their families, and help their community, help their friends, help their loved ones,” President Marcos Jr. emphasized in his message.

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