Filipino workers overseas continue to reap recognition abroad for performing their jobs well despite the challenges posed by the health crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Thursday reported that five OFWs were given recognition this week by the Kaohsiung Bureau of Labor Affairs in Taiwan.
In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kaohsiung said the five OFWs employed in the manufacturing and careworking industries were among 20 migrant workers and 55 Taiwanese employees in the city awarded distinction as 2020 Outstanding Workers.
Careworker Estrella Arado Jalgalado and factory workers Jenalyn del Rosario, Nelda Untalan Arellano, Tomas Joel Miquiabas, and Benjie Avenida Bituin were feted by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai in a ceremony organized by the Bureau of Labor Affairs at the Kaohsiung Grand Hotel.
The award represents the Kaohsiung government’s recognition of the diligence of the city’s foreign workers who are mostly employed in the manufacturing, construction, and care service industries.
Bello praised the said OFWs for making the country proud.
“True to what our OFWs are known for, our modern-day heroes are unfailing in giving the country honors. They make the Filipino nation and President Duterte even more proud,” he said in a statement.
“For their exemplary deeds, we are most grateful,” Bello added.
The Taipei City government earlier this month also awarded two Filipina workers for their dedication and outstanding contribution to improved work condition during the pandemic.
Filipina workers Evelyn G. Kaguitla, a factory worker, and Amelia A. Comilang, a careworker, received the Outstanding Migrant Workers by the Taipei City’s Labor Affairs Department.