Thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and members of their family on Friday gathered at The Tent in Las Pinas for the 12th OFW and Family Summit.
The theme of this year’s summit is “Masaganang Kabuhayan Para sa OFWs at Families.”
The event kicked off with the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Villar Family.
House Deputy Speaker Camille Villar and Sen. Mark Villar delivered the Welcome Address and Special Message, respectively.
In his Inspirational Message, former Senate President Manny Villar said that it is important to continue our support to the OFW sector.
For her part, Senator Cynthia Villar said the annual summit is the Villar’s family way of expressing their gratitude to the OFWs, who have been keeping our economy afloat amid the global crises.
The senator, a known advocate of OFWs, noted that they also want to help and guide our migrant workers in wisely investing their hard-earned money from abroad.
Lorena Policarpio, wife of an OFW working in Saudi Arabia bagged the grand prize of Camella house during the raffle draw.
The other lucky winners went home with various appliances, sari-sari store showcase, and motorcycles.
Aside from the prizes, those who attended the summit also acquired knowledge to ensure their protection while working abroad.
Resource persons were invited as panelists who discussed varied topics from digital earning and investment to entrepreneurship.
A dialogue was conducted with concerned government officials – Department of Migrant Worker OIC Atty. Hans Leo Cacdac, DFA Usec. Atty. Eduardo Jose De Vega, OWWA Administrator Arnelli Ignacio, DOJ-Senior Assistant Prosecutor Atty.Josyli Tabajonda and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Director, Luisito De los Santos.