PNoy to visit Indonesia, Singapore this week to ensure welfare of OFWs

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will ensure the welfare of Filipinos working in Singapore when
he visits that country this week. The President leaves Tuesday for a five-day state visit to
Indonesia and Singapore.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon
Carandang, said the President will prioritize knowing the conditions of Filipino workers in
Singapore because many of them work there than in Indonesia.

There are few Filipinos working in Indonesia and most of them are management and high
ranking professionals so they are more secured, he said.

“There’s really a need to focus on those working in Singapore because there are many more of
them there. Second, they are in need of more assistance because most of them are domestic
workers. So, the issue regarding the welfare benefit of the OFWs is more for Singapore than for
Indonesia” Carandang said.

According to the Foreign Affairs department the President’s trips are aimed at strengthening ties
with the neighboring countries. The visit also follows a tradition for new heads of state to pay
courtesy visits to fellow ASEAN-member countries.

After Indonesia, the President will fly to Singapore on Mar. 9, where he is set to hold briefings
at the Changi Reclamation Plant, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore Technologies Kinetics and
the Changi International Airport. He leaves for Manila Mar. 11.

The Singaporean government will confer on President Aquino the honor of having an orchid
breed named after him, a courtesy accorded to a visiting heads of state. President Aquino
will also meet with the Filipino community in Singapore as well as with business taipans and
organizations to gain support for government investments. (PIA)

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