Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs are the modern-day heroes of our country Philippines. They go away for periods of time leaving their families behind to look for a better source of income. They’re very hard working and they endure so much pain and emotional turmoil while working abroad. The families of the OFWs can’t help but feel thankful for them for their hard work. The government also sees this.
This is the reason why the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is building the first even OFW hospital in the country. The groundbreaking event happened last May 1. Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione explained that the hospital is strictly for OFWs and their dependents only. OFWs and their family can avail of free medical services, medical certificates, laboratory exams, and other medical requirements to work overseas. She added that they are hopeful and looking forward to the negotiation and approval between the Philippines and the host countries.
The funds for the construction of the hospital will come from donations, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of Health (DOH), and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. or PAGCOR. The lot is a donation from the government of Pampanga. It is set to be finished in two years. DOLE also conducted numerous job fairs in the country during Labor Day, May 1.
This is an amazing way to show our beloved OFWs how much we appreciate them. The government is right on track for initiating such a promising project. Through the help of the donations from these government agencies as well as donations from kindhearted souls, the hospital will be built and many OFWs and their families will benefit from it. What are your thoughts about this project? Do you think it will add to the improvement of the health system of the country?