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Naia readies red carpet for OFWs

OFWs. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) coming to the Philippines for the holidays will get a red-carpet welcome and may even win a prize upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) launched on Tuesday its “Pamaskong Handog  sa OFWs (Christmas Offering for OFWs)” as the government’s way of paying tribute and recognition to the so-called “modern day heroes” of the country.

Under the program, which  began in 1993, OFWs arriving at Naia’s terminals will be segregated and will be led to red-carpet lanes.  They will also be given faster access in the customs, immigration and quarantine counters.

Special gifts, donated by corporate sponsors, also await a lucky OFW whose flights will be picked in a raffle.

Owwa Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said President Aquino will go to Naia sometime before Christmas for a “presidential salubong (welcome)” for OFWs and give more gifts.

“This is the government’s tribute to the heroism of OFWs who come home during Christmastime to be with their families,” she said.

Dimzon, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration chief Hans Leo Cacdac led the launching of the program at Naia Terminal 1.

“Although the Owwa team [at Naia] extends various assistance to OFWs year-round, the ambiance during Christimas time is different since there is an air of festivities waiting for vacationing OFWs,” Baldoz said. Jerome Aning


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  • Lito Belizario

    Pakulo lang yan ng OWWA o POEA. Ang makikinabang lang eh yung swerteng iilan. Bakit hindi ninyo isipin kung ano talaga ang dapat gawin upang matulungan ang mga OFW? Yun ang importante kesa pa-red carpet, red carpet pa kayo. Photo-op lang ang habol nyo dyan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

    The red carpet will not rub out the country shame of practicing
    slavery wages and conditions

    OFW going abroad for hope  and family survival in the poorest organized conditions.

    Sadly, remittances end up in Jueteng, beer and gadget enriching the slaves masters.

    The “Sacrificed Mother’s” and family remittances end up to reinforce a hidden oppressive “system” victimizing them, what an Irony !

    It is destroying Peoples and Country by wasting Human Resources for the happy few.

    Smart and uneducated.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Ang hiling ko lang sana pipila ang lahat na politicians sa arrival area at tsutsupa sa uten ng bawat OFW na darating.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

      bakit bading ka ba at ito ang request mo? bwahahaha

  • simplewatcher

    The government got use to something just like when The  famous “pacman” bring home a pride he just won,a red carpet in place and beleive or not a military band playing music for a hero’s welcome.OFW as heroes?not that I know off but they deserve a Merry,Merry Christmas to all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    red carpet trabaho kailangan sa pilipinas di carpet”’

  • sam_aquino

    the best thing that OWWA can give to OFW’s is to fast track the processing of OEC’s to reduce the time we spend in their office…  people normally has to waste the whole day processing when all the information is already stored their data base…  all they need to do is just press the search button…

    we need improved services from you, people, because “red carpets” does NOT mean anything to us…

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

    Red Carpet fitting to the Clergy cloths.

  • pepito gwaps

    Those OFW who passed away while doing his job abroad must receive 21 gun salute too if you really mean that red carpet is for our ” modern hero.”…



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