President Benigno S. Aquino III Monday said he welcomes suggestions on how the government can better serve overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) while belying criticisms that his administration has not done anything to assist Filipinos abroad in times of crisis.
In a press conference in Cebu Monday, Aquino said his administration has not been remiss in attending to the concerns of the eight million Filipinos abroad.
“Ang magki-criticize, maganda nga yun, baka maituro sa atin kung saan pa tayo pwede mag improve pero yung hindi natin sila naasikaso, palagay ko mga kababayan na natin ang mismong magsasabing natulungan, nailigtas, nailayo sa kapahamakan at nandun ang tulong [It may be good to criticize because it can teach us ways on how we can further improve but to say that we have not been taking care of the OFWs, I think our kababayans themselves will be the one to say that we have helped, saved, and kept them away from danger and that the assistance was there],” Aquino said.
Citing government’s assistance to Filipinos in conflict areas, Aquino said his administration may have inherited lax embassies in some areas but this has been addressed and improvements have already been noted.
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