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Don’t treat OFWs like ‘money,’ CBCP exec asks govt

Nov 27, 2016 @ 9:26

The government should look at overseas Filipino workers as human beings and not as economic statistics, a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official cautioned.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said this after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported dollar remittances from OFWs increased this year by 6.7 percent or $2.38 billion.

“Ang tingin natin sa mga OFWs dolyar, hindi maganda, inhuman iyon. Our OFWs are open to maltreatment dahil maltreated sila sa ibang bansa. Ang tingin natin sa mga OFW ay slave, ini – enslave na sila dun, ini–enslave pa sila dito,” Arguelles, who chairs the CBCP Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.

He said the OFWs are also human beings who left behind families to seek better opportunities abroad.

In so doing, he said they made great sacrifices and deserve to be treated better than statistics.

“Pera ng pera, remittances ng remittances, saan ba ginagamit iyan. Hindi naman nakakatulong iyan sa pamilya ng OFW, sana’y pinagbubuti iyon,” he said.

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