Several Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) heard that the Metro Manila Subway Project is going to start soon, so they decided to offer their service to the Philippine government.
In an open letter, Mark Lopez addressed the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, informing him that some OFWs who worked as an Engineer in different parts of the world wanted to be part of the Manila Subway Project.
Lopez said that OFWs Deo Miranda, Israel Banwa Aplod and Yeye Banaag who’re currently working in Doha, Qatar are willing to offer their service to the government.
According to him, the said OFWs doesn’t mind if they’re not going to receive the same salary they enjoy abroad, because it’s more vital for them to help their own country even for once.
“Sa sobrang galak po nila sa nabalitaan nila dito ay lalung sumidhi ang kanilang pagka Pilipino at gusto na nilang umuwi Sir Art para po tumulong sa Metro Manila Subway project! Naisip ko Sir Art na “naku baka malaki ang mawala sa kanila sa sweldo kung uuwi sila.” Lopez said.
“Pero sa nabasa ko po sa mga comments nila dun sa nais nilang umuwi at ibahagi sa sarili nilang bayan ang kanilang talent at expertise, ramdam na ramdam ko po yung authentic nationalism and patriotism nitong mga bagong bayani natin.” he added.
According to Lopez, he remembered the statement of President Duterte, saying that he wanted to see OFWs going back home not because they’re jobless, but because there’s a decent job available for them in their own country.
Meanwhile, Banaag responded to Lopez, saying that they prefer to serve their own country.
“Kung Sa ibang bansa po nagawa po naming magtiis at gawin ang project nila,ito pa po kayang para bansa natin,” Banaag said.
As of writing, the photo already reached 12,000 reactions and 7,000 shares.
Several netizens also became emotional after reading the post of Lopez.
DOTr is not yet responding on Lopez post.