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Marcos tells US-based OFWs: Assist the government in halting the “brain drain.”

On Monday (Manila time), President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. reassured Filipino expatriates in the US that the Philippine government is expanding chances to persuade them to return and employ their abilities there.

Just one day before taking part in high-level deliberations at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Marcos made this commitment.

Reverse the brain drain, please. Ibalik natin ang galing ng Pilipino sa Pilipinas (Let us bring back the talent of Filipinos to the Philippines) and aid in raising the country to previously unachieved levels were some of the words he used during a speech to the Filipino community at a gathering in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

He declared that his administration wants to “bring back” a system of education that equips future generations with the skills necessary for better jobs, particularly in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

To maintain the pace of the nation’s economic growth, Marcos stated that the government would “extend” the infrastructure program of the Duterte administration.

He stated that in order to improve public service and create a more conducive environment for doing business, they will also try to eliminate “inefficiencies in the bureaucracy.”

Marcos also urged Filipino expatriates to follow in the footsteps of those who have completed “impactful projects” that help their kababayans, like carrying out medical missions among distant warriors, building houses and schools for the poor, and offering scholarships and funding to support research into the causes of rare diseases.

“Kailangan kayo ng atin na Inang Bayan ng ating mahal” (Our Motherland needs you). I’m standing in front of you today to inspire the Bayanihan spirit, the epitome of Filipino spirit, and to challenge every one of you to make a real difference at home,” he remarked.

He urged Filipinos living in the US to return to the Philippines and keep investing in condos, real estate, and small and large enterprises to help create jobs and improve living conditions for all Filipinos.

Marcos instructed the Department of Migrant Workers to perform a systems evaluation on how the government can meet the requirements of Filipinos in need to safeguard the rights and welfare of Filipinos living in the US.

Additionally, he gave the Department of Foreign Affairs instructions to ensure that foreign service posts remain attentive to their demands, particularly about the provision of passports and other consular services.

He also recognized the Filipino nurses who lost their lives in the US due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Please accept my sincere sympathies to the grieving families and friends here and abroad. I can assure you, our kababayans, that this bravery of yours will not be forgotten.

The candidate underlined one of the central themes of Marcos’ presidential campaign, the necessity for unity.

“Ang ating sigaw, pagkakaisa pa rin. If you are watak-watak, you cannot make mention of the hinahangad of the Inang Bayan’s pag-unlad. It is from the mensahne that I gave to you, pagkakaisa ang kailangan in the bansa’s pagunlad. Sama-sama, kayang-kaya (Our cry for togetherness continues. If we are divided, we cannot bring about the growth we desire for our Motherland. The message I have for you is that cooperation is essential for the growth of our nation. We can do it if we do it together),” he remarked.

Marcos and the Philippine team are anticipated to meet with investors and other business executives in addition to speaking at the UNGA.

According to Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Philippine ambassador to the US, there are about 4.3 million Filipinos who live and work in the US.

Following his state trips to Singapore and Indonesia earlier this month, the President is now on his third overseas journey.

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