AS a sign of their continuing gratitude to our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Senator Cynthia Villar announced the holding of the 10th OFW and Family Summit on November 19, 2021 (Friday), which will be done virtually for the first time due to the pandemic.
“This is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to our OFWs, our modern-day heroes. An OFW was the first customer of my husband, former Senator Manny Villar, when he first started his housing business,” related Villar.
She said the event is an annual offering of the Villar Family together with the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG), where the senator serves as its director, to our OFWs who have been sacrificing their lives to give their families a decent and comfortable life.
“Through the dollar remittances they sent back home, our OFWs also help keep the country’s economy afloat amid the pandemic,” also said Villar.
Unlike before when thousands of OFWs and their families trooped to the World Trade Center in Pasay City to join the summit, Villar noted that the November event will be done virtually.
“We are doing this to keep everybody safe and protected since the coronavirus is still around us although our health officials and health experts have been reporting a downtrend trend of cases of Covid-19,” stressed Villar.
“We invite our OFWs and their families to participate virtually in the 10th OFW & Family Summit 2021,on November 19,2021. You can visit my facebook page Cynthia A.Villar and the Villar SIPAG fb page for further details. Registration is now open, just visit https://ofwsummit2021.villarsipag.org/registration,” said the Senator.
Villar related the theme for this year’s event is “Masiglang Kabuhayan Sa Bagong Panahon” which she believes is timely because we are all struggling to live a normal and happy life amid the coronavirus pandemic that crippled the world economy.
She expects thousands of OFWs and their beneficiaries to participate in this virtual event wherein they can interact anew with private and government institutions for concerns ranging from access to financial services, social benefits, legal assistance, among others.
The summit hopes to teach our OFWs financial literacy, which they can use as a tool to grow their money in their homeland.
“Aside from teaching our OFWs how to wisely invest their savings and grow their income, it is equally important to educate them how to protect their hard-earned money and how not to fall victims of human trafficking, illegal recruitment and investment scams,” Villar said. Participants will also have a chance to take home a house, pangkabuhayan package and other prizes.