Take care of OFWs remittances—CBCP
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines urged the government to take care of the remittances of overseas Filipino workers and ensure that these should not be stolen by corrupt politicians or government officials.
“To value the labors of our OFWs is to take care of their remittances and must not be stolen, corrupted and misused for non-essential and non-existing government projects,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said.
Cash remittances from OFWs reached their highest monthly level in March with $7.71 billion, up by 8.1 percent compared to the same period last year, the CBCP said, citing a Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas report.
Santos said the OFWs deserve to get the support and protection they deserve for their sacrifices and for their contributions to the Philippine economy.
The prelate, who is chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said the OFWs are not just “modern-day heroes” but “our blessings.”
“To show our gratitude to them is to protect them and to promote their rights and dignity,” Santos said.
The BSP attributed the increase in remittances to the strong demand for skilled Filipino workers abroad.
Santos said this manifests that the OFWs sustain and support the country and they are the best, and outstanding Filipinos.
“With their sacrifices they uplift our economy and build up our image as honest, hardworking and trustworthy Filipinos,” he added.