March 5, 2006, Riyadh – The OFW Congress-Riyadh initiated a meeting last Thursday evening, 27 April 2006 at Peking Restaurant to discuss some important agenda particularly the coming State visit of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the Kingdom.
The meeting presided by Alex Veloso Bello, President of OFWC and was attended by 20 Filipino Community leaders in Riyadh composed of the current OFWC executive council members and other invited Filipino community organizations.
Bong Amora was given a floor by the presiding officer to recount some important matters outlining general issues that must be included in the agenda proper.
Further, Bong Amora emphasized that OFW Congress is not an umbrella organization but it is a group of OFW leaders represented by their respective organization whose primary objective is to act as partners of the State in the protection of Filipino migrant workers and in the promotion of their welfare. The organization shall plan, initiate, advocate, and spearhead the drafting, lobbying, passage of motions, measures, resolutions and position papers on vital issues affecting the rights, welfare and economic well being of the OFW’s as stated in Article II, Section 1 of OFW Congress Constitution and By-Laws.
In the meeting proper each organization presented to the body various issues affecting the welfare of the OFW’s more particularly in the Kingdom. It was then approved by the majority of the attendees that a consolidated recommendation on important OFW issues and concerns will be submitted in a form of a Joint Resolution between the OFWC Execon members and the Participating Member Organization.
It was also agreed that hot political issues should not be included in the ten point agenda in the list of recommendations. The attendees decided further that OFW issues must be given utmost attention by the community leaders rather than political concerns.
Before the meeting was adjourned Outgoing Labor Attache Manuel Roldan arrived as one of the invited Government Official in the said forum.
The meeting was adjourned and set to another date for the Final Drafting of the approved Ten Point Recommendations. *** BongA