November 19, 2022
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. reaffirmed the government’s commitment in safeguarding the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as he met with hundreds of Filipinos living and working in the Kingdom of Thailand after his successful inaugural participation to the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Bangkok.
Speaking before the Filipino community, the Chief Executive detailed the fruitful outcomes of his four-day visit to Thailand where he discussed with fellow Economic Leaders and business executives the promotion of mutually beneficial relations and improvement in various areas of cooperation such as agriculture, trade and investments.
Through the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), he vowed to continue prioritizing the needs of Filipino workers in Thailand through the establishment of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) that will ensure their welfare and protection.
According to Philippine Ambassador Millicent Cruz Paredes, there are about 30,000 Filipinos currently living and working throughout Thailand. Majority of them are employed as English teachers and in the industries of hotels, restaurants and tourism-related establishments.
President Marcos Jr. received 70% of the total votes from Filipinos in Thailand when he ran for the Presidency in May.