After hearing President Benigno Simeon Noynoy C. Aquino III first State of the Nation Address on 26 July, a Filipino migrant rights group in the
“As OFWs contribution to the local economy are well recognized, about 10% of the yearly Gross domestic product (GDP), we were expecting that the President would mention on his 1st SONA and re-state, clearly, boldly and in specific terms in accordance with his earlier marching orders to all concerned government agencies his action plan in attending OFWs woes and concerns,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
It could be remembered that during his inauguration on June, the President issued directives to all concerned government agencies to promptly attend on OFWs concerns.
Monterona however said that since the President issued such directive to all concerned government agencies, there is no concrete actions have been taken by these agencies as a response to the President’s directives.
“What makes us guessing is that he never mentioned anything on his SONA about OFWs concerns despite that various OFW groups and Migrante chapters abroad have promptly laid down their legitimate concerns and issues in what we called Migrants agenda prior to his first SONA,” Monterona added.
Monterona further said his group will wait but will remain watchful until he reached his 100 days in office, as this will give us a hint how he will treat OFWs and their families.
“Is he different from the previous administrations or he is like them? We hope the Aquino administration would not be anti-OFW,” Monterona ended. # # #
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante Middle East regional coordinator
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