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First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos graces 17th Go Negosyo anniversary

MANILA, (PIA) -- First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos on Saturday graced the Go Negosyo summit and its 17th anniversary held at the SM Mall of Asia’s Music Hall on behalf of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

Pres. Marcos, in his prepared speech read by Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual during the anniversary event, underscored the importance of thecontribution of migrant workers and their role in reviving the COVID-19-hit economy.

Marcos also described overseas Filipino workers (OFW) as "modern-day heroes," noting how OFWs helped the country’s economy in times of crises.

Your contributions to the Philippine economy and labor force, in general, are crucial elements to our trajectory toward lasting prosperity. In our country’s most trying times, you remained as a solid foundation of our economy, ensuring the generation of remittances to support your loved ones and keep our country afloat. For all this, I thank you,” the President said.

The First Lady, for her part, announced that the “Kabayan” awardees will be given P200,000 each, courtesy of the Office of the President.

She lauded the winners of the Kabayan Awards, which recognized nine “most inspiring OFWs” who have “compelling journeys” as migrant workers, according to a statement from the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (GoNegosyo).

Marcos urged all OFWs to consider opening small businesses to “generate additional income to support their needs.”

It is my hope that you will join the summit with an open mind, allowing yourselves to widen your options for income-generation and explore opportunities in the Philippines as an alternative for employment,” his speech read.

In today’s activities, we aim to make entrepreneurship as an avenue where we can help OFWs and their families,” the President said.

We hope that through entrepreneurship, our OFWs will now have the option to come back home with the ultimate goal of making working abroad a choice rather than a necessity,” he said.

“We will continue to pursue initiatives that will ensure your well-being and develop anew the skills that the global workforce requires. At the same time, we will open more and better opportunities for you at home so that you can help us in writing a new and vibrant chapter for our great nation.” he added. (PIA-NCR)

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