Every year on June 7, we celebrate National Migrant Workers Day to acknowledge the significant role that Philippine migrant workers play in our economy and society. This day serves as an opportunity to educate ourselves about the rights and difficulties faced by migrant workers and to take action in supporting this crucial community.
We also take this occasion to honor the valuable contributions made by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to our nation. We deeply appreciate their efforts and stand in solidarity with them as they strive for fair treatment and dignified working conditions.
We extend warm wishes to all our fellow OFWs around the world on this National Migrant Workers’ Day. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration joins hands in celebrating the excellence and sacrifices of our Filipino heroes.
Let us continue to take pride in showcasing the hard work and service of the genuine Filipino brand, because “Kabayan, through your skills and sacrifices, the world has prospered.
Who are the Filipino Migrant Workers?
A significant number of individuals from the Philippines choose to migrate to other countries in search of employment opportunities, and these individuals are commonly referred to as Filipino migrant workers. Often, they endure long working hours for meager compensation while facing challenging and perilous circumstances. Many of them find it difficult to return home and reunite with their families due to the prohibitive costs associated with travel.
Filipino migrant workers play a vital role in the Philippine economy by contributing to its growth. They send a substantial amount of money back to their families, which in turn supports the local economy. In 2017 alone, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) remitted over $26 billion to the Philippines.
Recognizing the significance of these migrant workers, the Philippine government has implemented various policies and programs to provide support. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) offers financial assistance and other essential services to migrant workers, while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) strives to protect their rights.
Overall, Filipino migrant workers make significant sacrifices to improve their economic prospects and provide for their families. They endure challenging circumstances abroad while contributing to the Philippine economy and supporting their loved ones back home.
When is the National Migrant Worker’s Day?
National Migrant Workers’ Day is celebrated annually on June 7th. This significant day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the rights and difficulties encountered by migrant workers and to encourage action in support of this vital community.
On Migrant Workers’ Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and its 94 embassies, consulates general, and permanent missions worldwide pay tribute to our overseas Filipino workers. The DFA remains dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights and welfare of Filipino migrant workers, irrespective of their location.
What are some of the issues faced by migrant workers?
Migrant workers often find themselves facing exploitation and abuse at the hands of their employers. They frequently experience lower wages compared to local workers, excessive working hours, and a lack of basic rights and protections. Additionally, migrant workers often become targets of discrimination and xenophobia. In certain situations, if their immigration status is irregular, they may even face detention or deportation.
Furthermore, many migrant workers encounter difficulties in accessing essential services like healthcare, education, and social security. As a result, they and their families experience poorer health outcomes, limited educational opportunities, and increased economic insecurity.
There are several factors that contribute to the heightened vulnerability of migrant workers to exploitation and abuse. Firstly, they may be unaware of their rights or fear facing consequences if they speak out against mistreatment. Moreover, they often lack the necessary social and economic support networks to advocate for their rights effectively.
What is the National Migrant Worker’s Day?
National Migrant Worker’s Day, observed every year on the seventh of June, commemorates the enactment of Republic Act No. 8042, also known as the Migrant Workers Act. This law, amended by RA 10022, was signed into law in 1995 and is aimed at improving the well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), their families, and distressed Filipinos through legislative measures.
The significance of National Migrant Worker’s Day lies in recognizing and acknowledging the invaluable contributions made by migrant workers. It serves as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges they encounter in their pursuit of better opportunities abroad.
People from all corners of the globe have been observing and appreciating the remarkable services provided by our international workers, who are rightly regarded as modern-day heroes. Their dedication, resilience, and sacrifices contribute not only to their families but also to the development and progress of the country as a whole.
On this day, we come together to express gratitude to our migrant workers and to advocate for their rights and welfare. It is a time to reflect on the importance of supporting and protecting our fellow Filipinos who seek employment abroad, ensuring their safety, well-being, and fair treatment throughout their journey as they strive for a better future.
Department of Migrant Workers Celebrates Migrant Workers Day
The Department of Migrant Workers office recently took to their official Facebook page to celebrate and acknowledge the significant contributions of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) migrant workers. The post shed light on the immense value these individuals bring to the country. Here’s a glimpse of their heartfelt message:
“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all the OFW migrant workers who tirelessly work abroad to support their families and contribute to our nation’s growth. Your unwavering dedication and hard work are truly commendable.
Through your remittances, you provide vital financial support to your loved ones back home, helping them secure a brighter future. Moreover, your skills, expertise, and professionalism are recognized worldwide, making you valuable assets in the global workforce.
We understand the sacrifices you make, being far away from your families and enduring the challenges of living in a foreign land. Your resilience, strength, and determination inspire us all.
On this special occasion, we would like to salute each and every one of you for your unwavering commitment, unwavering spirit, and unwavering patriotism. Your contributions play a pivotal role in shaping our nation’s progress, and we are eternally grateful.
As the Department of Migrant Workers office, we remain committed to supporting and advocating for the welfare and rights of OFWs. We will continue working tirelessly to ensure that your concerns are heard and addressed.
Once again, thank you, dear OFWs, for your invaluable contributions. You are the true heroes of our nation, and we are proud to celebrate and honor you today and every day.”
This heartfelt post from the Department of Migrant Workers office reflects their deep appreciation for the OFW migrant workers and recognizes their immense value to the Philippines.
OFW National Day – Filipinos Caring for the World Tribute
Check out this video tribute to Overseas Filipino Workers during this OFW National Day of Migrant Workers:
National Migrant Worker’s Day holds significant importance as it allows us to acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contributions made by migrant workers while raising awareness about the numerous challenges they encounter. These workers play a crucial role in our economy, yet far too many of them endure exploitation and abuse.
Although the government has implemented certain policies and programs to support migrant workers, it is evident that further action is required.Happy National Migrant Workers Day to all OFWs! It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with migrant workers as they strive for equitable treatment and dignified working conditions.