ACTS-OFW Partylist Rep. John Bertiz III has commended Filipina migrants for the countless sacrifices they made for their families and for the country.
“This month, we recognize the efforts not only of our women OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), but also all Filipinas here and abroad. We thank our mothers, our sisters, and all the women in our lives for empowering us and working hard for a better future,” said Bertiz.
“The overseas Filipina workers should be a beacon of hope, an inspiration to all Filipinos who tirelessly work despite all circumstances, all for their families,” added Bertiz.
The commendation was made as the country observes Women’s Month, a symbolic reminder of all women’s struggles throughout history and the collective successes achieved by women around the world.
Based on the 2017 survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are at least 1.2 million female OFW, a figure larger than the number of male migrants.
Another study by digital transfer company WorldRemit found that female OFW are sending a greater share of foreign remittances compared to male OFW. The money is used mostly to support the education of their children.
Despite the contributions, some women still face discriminating gender wage gaps and are victims of sexual harassment both in and out of their workplaces on a daily basis.
The ACTS-OFW lawmaker has been vocal in fighting for the rights of female employees and has even pushed for meaningful legislation aimed at strengthening laws that protect them.
Bertiz filed House Bill No. 8244, a proposed measure that seeks to toughen mechanisms to monitor compliance with policies on anti-sexual harassments in the workplace and other institutions.
“This month-long celebration is a reminder that there is more work to do to ensure the safety of all women around the world. It is important that we look out for our women OFWs, the new heroes not only of their families but also the Philippines,” Bertiz said.
Bertiz added that while the event only happens once a year, it is important to recognize and value all the adversities faced by women and continue to fight for equal opportunities for both men and women all year-round.