3 June 2012, Riyadh: In commemoration of the Migrant Workers Day, the Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia will be holding a long day affair on Friday, 08 June 2012 to be held at Philippine Embassy grounds.
The activities will start on June 7, Thursday, where community organizations involve in the activities will gather at Liwasang Bonifacio at 7:00 PM to attend the Recognition Night honoring ten (10) outstanding employers and two (2) Filipino employees in the Kingdom.
OFW Congress-Riyadh Executive Vice President, Engr. Faisal Sarque said “It is not because there are abusive employers; we will not recognize those who are not? It is not right to necessarily reflect the act of one or two to those many who treated our fellow OFWs with high respect”. “That is why we honored those who treated us well” he added. Engr. Sarque was among the community leaders tasked to select the ten (10) outstanding employers in the Kingdom officiated by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office.
The activities on the next day, 8th of June, Friday is the “1st Ambassador Ezzedin Tago Table Tennis Cup” at the Mabini Hall, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The said table tennis cup is named after the new Philippine Ambassador in the Kingdom, H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago.
The sponsors of the cup dubbed as the “Friendship Game” are Telemoney, OFW Congress-Riyadh, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology-KACST and Arab Security (ASEC).
Other activities are Medical/Dental Services in the morning of June 8 and the Forum on Worker’s Rights at 3:00 PM on the same day. Traditional Filipino games such as patintero, agawan base, luksong sako, and piko will be also featured as among the activities in the morning of June 8.
The affair will start with messages from the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the Vice President, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of Labor and Employment, and other high officials of the Philippine government.
Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago said that the Migrant Worker’s Day is celebrated in the Philippines and also in different countries. “This occasion gives us a singular opportunity to remember the contributions of the overseas Filipino workers in nation-building. After all, migrant workers and their families constitute a sizeable sector of Philippine society,” Ambassador Tago added. – by; BongA