March 29, 2011
The first quarter of the year has posed a great challenge to our government in terms of promoting the well-being and safety of Filipino nationals overseas. The socio-political developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and the hazards that occurred in some nations have put to test the ability of our government, including our embassies and consulates abroad, to carry out its mandated duty to protect our citizens living and working in foreign countries.
March 25, 2011
The political unrest in Tunisia […]
More than two decades ago, in 1984, the Philippines deployed about 351,000 Filipino workers overseas. By the end of 2008, our annual deployment has reached 1.2 million, about one million land-based and more than 200,000 seafarers. Filipino workers can now be found in almost all countries. In fact, we are second only to the Indians in terms of migration, with about 10% of our total population of 92 million working and residing abroad.
March 22, 2011
Migration of our workers helps reduce unemployment […]
The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has reminded the world to prepare for the worst, biggest and deadliest disasters. What happened in Japan can happen too in our country — with a far worse scenario if we are not prepared. It is certain that a strong earthquake may occur — a fact as real as the presence of a major earthquake fault in Metro Manila. The only question that remains is — When will it strike and how prepared […]
March 16, 2011
As I speak before you today, Japan is in a state of disaster after a powerful earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit its country and caused widespread destruction. Its grim and tragic aftermath left thousands of people dead, injured, and homeless. As rescue workers dig out victims from the rubble and more people are brought to safety, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the Government and people of Japan, especially to the grieving and displaced families.
March 14, 2011
Once again, […]
Sympathies to Japan
As I speak before this august chamber, Japan, the world’s second largest economy, reels from the devastating impact of its worst earthquake and tsunami disaster in a century, ushering an unprecedented hardship for her people.
As a Philippine Senator and the United Nations champion for disaster and climate risk reduction, I wish to convey my profound sympathy and condolence to the people of Japan.
A major benefactor of the United Nations, Japan has generously helped […]