Fifty displaced migrant workers received cash aid, worth P5,000 each, during the ceremonial distribution of assistance, spearheaded by the Voice of the Free Foundation Inc. and Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City yesterday.
The assistance is under the Work-Skills Connect-Negros Occidental Program that provides support to displaced migrant workers of the province, a press release from the Capitol said.
It is a project of the VF Foundation, in collaboration with Arise Foundation, the provincial government of Negros Occidental, and the Federation of OFWs in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.
Lacson said that to effectively address the problems of migrant workers, a multi-agency approach is needed, given the enormity of the issues affecting Filipino migrant workers.
He thanked the VF Foundation for its dedication to the betterment of the plight of Negrense migrant workers.
“We still have a long way to go, but we shall not waver in our efforts to protect our fellow Negrenses who leave in the hope of finding a better future for their families in lands not their own,” he said.
Present at the activity were lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue – VF Foundation chairman of the board, Marie June Castro – action officer of the Provincial Gender and Development Focal Point System, and Salvacion Barrios of the OFWs Federation, among others, the press release added.*