By Christina Hermoso
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) leads the Church’s observance of National Migrants Sunday, September 29, in recognition of the sacrifices of migrant or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
CBCP-ECMI chairman Balanga Bataan Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said it was important to always recognize the work done and sacrifices of migrant workers.
“As we celebrate National Migrants Sunday today, we remember the sacrifices of our OFWs in order to provide for their families. Let us always include them in our prayers and show our appreciation for their hard work,” Santos said as the Church observes the 105th World Day for Migrants and Refugees.
“The celebration of Migrants Sunday is our expression of profound gratitude for the sacrifices and services of our OFWs to their families and to our country. They build and ensure the future of their loved ones and at same time help our economy,” Santos said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
Santos said every diocese in the country has a Migrant Ministry Desk that assists families of OFWs and helps strengthen the campaign against human trafficking and illegal recruiters.
“Our migrant workers are always in our prayers, in the celebrations of Holy Masses begging our good Lord to keep them safe, to strengthen them and have sound health. We are aware of their social conditions and we let them feel we are with them, working for their welfare to protect their rights and promote their dignity,” Santos said.
The Church leader expressed hope for a just, humane, and fair work conditions for the more than 10 million migrant Filipino workers around the world.