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Coronavirus Diary: Tribute to OFW Fronliners on Migrant Workers’ Day

Philippines pays tribute to OFW front liners on Migrant Workers’ Day.

As the country commemorates the Migrant Workers’ Day, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released a video that pays tribute to the  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who have been manning the frontlines against the COVID-19 pandemic in other countries.

The video tribute features front liners OFWs ranging from health workers to supermarket staff and even peacekeepers from various countries in the world including the USA, Saudi Arabia, and Cambodia, among others.

It also featured video greetings from their relatives and loved ones.

In a statement said by the DFA, “Even during this time of the pandemic, people across the globe are witnesses to the valuable contributions of our migrant workers, our modern-day-heroes.”

With the song, “Superhero” sung by artist Jed Madela in the background, the music video highlights the heroism and selflessness of the OFWs who chose to be away from their families to work in a foreign country in order to give them a better life, especially at this time of a pandemic as the song lyrics go, they are “more than a superhero.”

Migrant Workers’ Day is celebrated by virtue of the enactment of Republic Act No. 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act on June 7, 1995, a landmark measure that aims to advance the well-being of OFWs, their families, and Filipinos in distress.