By RIE TAKUMI, GMA News
A pro-migrant group on Tuesday gave President-elect Rodrigo Duterte 10 challenges that it said he should try to accomplish within his first 100 days in office.
At a press briefing, Gary Martinez, chair of Migrante International, said these challenges can be implemented through Duterte’s proposed Department of Overseas Filipino Workers.
“Yung Department of OFW, sana po ay magsisilbi siya ayun dun sa sampung tinalakay natin. Sana magsisilbi siya at para dumating yung araw siya mismo ay mawawalan na ng silbi,” Martinez said.
He said accomplishing these goals may serve as “confidence-building” measures among OFWs and their families until Duterte addresses the causes of forced migration.
“‘Pag hindi na kailangan [ng] Department of OFW, dahil masaya na tayo dito sa ating bansa, may siguridad sa trabaho, may libreng edukasyon, may libreng public health, at lahat yung nakabubuhay na sahod na tatamasahin ng ating pang susunod na mga henerasyon,” Martinez said.
Incoming Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said she will do her best to bring the grievances of OFWs to Duterte’s attention.
“Wala pang nagsabi sa ‘min na magda-Davao kami. Dito pa kami ngayon. [Pero] ipapaabot ko rin ito sa abot ng aking makakaya,” she said. —KBK, GMA News