Marcos vows to improve Philippines so OFWs may return home

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President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanked the Filipino community in Singapore for their warm welcome during his meeting with them at the National University of Singapore. (Photo: Bongbong Marcos/Facebook)
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thanked the Filipino community in Singapore for their warm welcome during his meeting with them at the National University of Singapore. (Photo: Bongbong Marcos/Facebook)

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., during his meeting with the Filipino community in Singapore, vowed on Tuesday (September 6) that his administration would work hard to improve the condition of living in the Philippines as a way of thanking them for their sacrifice not just to their own families but to the country as well.

In his speech at the National University of Singapore, he also praised the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), boasting that they are the second-highest source of OFW remittances, generating close to $2.2 billion in 2021 for the country.

Ipagpatuloy namin ang aming state visit at siguro sa makalawa ay balik na kami ng Pilipinas at marami pang kailangang gawin, maraming trabaho,” Marcos said.

(We will continue with our state visit and return home soon because we have much to do.)

He introduced members of his cabinet who were with him on the state visit, saying that his government is working hard to uplift the lives of not just Filipinos currently living in the country but OFWs as well.

[Itong] mga Cabinet member na ginagawa ang lahat upang tulungan na magpaganda ng buhay ng ating mga kababayan, pagandahin ang ekonomiya para paramihin ang trabaho at kung talagang kami ay maging matagumpay, para pauwiin na kayo at maaari na kayong magtrabaho sa Pilipinas,” he said.

(Here are our Cabinet members, doing everything they can to improve the lives of our fellow countrymen, improve the economy to generate jobs and if we are successful enough, you all may go home and work in the Philippines instead.)

Marcos also said that, having received the most votes in recent memory, he feels deeply indebted to the Filipino people, and he will pay it forward by making sure that the Philippines will improve under his watch.

Lahat, pati kami ay nagulat habang kami ay nagbibilang ng boto na umabot ng labis na 31 million votes ang ibinigay ninyo sa amin, kaya malalim ang utang na loob namin sa inyo … Ang kapalit ay ang trabaho at pagpapaganda sa Pilipinas,” the president said.

(We were shocked while we were counting the votes that you gave us more than 31 million votes, that’s why we are truly grateful to all of you … In return, we will work hard to create jobs and improve the Philippines.)

Marcos said that his state visit aims to “fully maximize” the Philippines’ trade and economic ties with Singapore, adding that the city-state is the highest investor in the Philippines in 2021.

He will meet in separate bilateral meetings with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and President Halimah Yacob.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.

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