The celebration of the Migrant Workers’ Day recently was a sucess with BDO Unibank, Inc. joining hands with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in honoring the modern-day heroes — the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
OFWs visiting the POEA office in Ortigas, Mandaluyong were treated to free entertainment by BDO through performers MC, Lassie and Jennie Gabriel. “Mr. BDO”, Senior Assistant Vice President Vicente “Teteng” Lopez also provided entertainment while emphasizing the importance of saving and ease of sending money from abroad through the BDO Kabayan account.
Present during this BDO-sponsored entertainment were: Department of Labor and Employment undersecretary Jacinto Paras, POEA newly-appointed administrator Atty. Bernard Olalia, POEA deputy administrator for Management Services Jocelyn T. Sanchez, and Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Abdullah D. Mama-O.
There were also mini product talks held at the Balik Mangagagawa Area inside the POEA building to give OFWs a better understanding of the different products and services that BDO offers. BDO booths were also set up at the venue to give the OFWs the convenience of opening an account. Apart from free entertainment from BDO, the POEA also offered free massage, manicure, and pedicure to visiting OFWs.
The winners of the Bagong Bayani Awards were also recognized in another event at the SM Mall of Asia.
“It’s not easy to work in a foreign land and be away from your family. The sacrifices that our OFWs continue to make cannot be measured. They do not only bring in money to their respective families, they drive our economy as well. It is an honor for us to be part of POEA’s Migrant Workers’ Day. It is an honor for us to reward them with tokens, laughter, and entertainment, even for just a day, although we know they deserve so much more, every day,” BDO senior vice president and head of remittance Geneva T. Gloria said.
The Migrant Workers’ Day is a week-long celebration spearheaded by the POEA. BDO has been a staunch supporter of this annual event, in recognition of the sacrifices made by of the OFWs, for their families and for the country.