President Aquino reiterates commitment to protect 10M Filipinos working and residing in other countries

May 24, 2013 10:24 pm 

MANILA, May 24 — President Benigno S. Aquino III reiterated on Friday his administration's commitment to protect the 10 million Filipinos residing or working in other countries.

In his message during the "2013 Care for Philippines Prayer Assembly at the Global Discipleship Congress" held at the Christ Commission Fellowship Auditorium, Frontera Verde Drive, Ortigas Avenue corner C-5, Pasig City on Friday, the Chief Executive said the welfare of the Filipinos abroad remains one of his top concerns.

"So my friends, being President of this country is not exactly the easiest job in the world. We have about 10 million Filipinos elsewhere. Chances are if there’s an incident that happens anywhere in the world, there would be a Filipino directly involved," the President said.

"And let me give you some examples of the problem, early on in this administration, there was a flare up in the Korean Peninsula, which is unfortunately turning into a regular occurrence," he said.

The government is mandated to ensure the safety and protection of 50,000 Filipinos in South Korea and nine (9) nationals in North Korea, the President noted.

"I had to ask “why do we have people in North Korea?” and I was told: “Sir they are part of various United Nations offices and missions. Now the problem is, we have an embassy of 23 people in South Korea. (With) the Filipinos in North Korea, we have to deal with them through our Beijing Embassy," he said.

After the South Korean warship sunk in April 2010, the President said his administration had to address the plight of the 50,000 Filipinos there despite of the government's limited resources.

President Aquino said the administration continues to hurdle the challenges to be able to improve the lives of the Filipinos here and abroad.

"You might think that I’m complaining about the job, but I guess, I just really want to impart to you, in the lightest way possible, that there are difficult burdens in this particular job especially when you don’t want to be just taking your turn in the merry-go-round that leads nowhere, but when you want to lead the people towards the rightful place in the sun and be part of transformative phase," he said.

The President also noted the need to seek God's intervention to lead the country to achieve progress.

He, likewise, cited the contribution of the K4Phil and the CCF for their support to the government's campaign to provide the people jobs and better public services.

"I agree prayer is indeed a very, very, very efficient weapon and tool, and really the source of our strength," he said.

During the event, the President prayed and thanked God for giving him and his administration of steadfast friends and supporters, including the K4Phil and CCF, to help transform the country into a progressive nation. (PNA)

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