News Labor sec says President Duterte's top priorities are OFWs

Labor sec says President Duterte’s top priorities are OFWs


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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello revealed that one of the top priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte is the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). 

Bello shared a private conversation he had with the president when he was asking for additional funding for the AKAP program. 

“Kako Mr. President yung mga paborito mo kailangan pa ng allocation. Sabi niya ‘basta meron hindi ko ipagkakait.’ Kaya naman I confident na pagdating ng panahon, maibibigay ito sa atin,” Bello was quoted as saying by The Filipino Times. 

He also mentioned that the top official has provided additional funding worth Php1.5-billion for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program when the department realized that there were over 300,000 applicants as compared to their initial estimate of 150,000. 

“The president loves OFWs, so that time, he immediately added Php1-billion to our budget. Kaya nagkaroon kami ng Php2.5-billion,” he added. 

“Huwag po tayong mag-alala dahil ang mga OFWs nasa puso po kayo ng Pangulo. Kayo ang isa sa kanyang main priorities. Mahal na mahal po ng pangulo ang ating mga OFWs,” Bello further added. 

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