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Press Release - Promoting sports and OFW welfare, Bong Go lauds successful basketball match between celebrities and OFW families in Manila City

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go commended a successful friendly basketball match that brought together celebrities and the families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila City on Saturday, December 2.

The event, which was organized by Congresswoman Marissa "Del Mar" Magsino, emphasized the role of sports and the OFWs in the country's development. In support of the advocacy, Go's team provided tokens such as balls and shirts to the participants.

Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sports and vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, said that the event was a fitting tribute to the hard work and sacrifices of OFWs.

"Our OFWs are the modern-day heroes of our country," Go said. "They work hard and sacrifice so much to give their families a better life. This event is a small token of our appreciation for their contributions," he added.

Go also took the opportunity to reiterate his support for OFWs. He reiterated the importance of safeguarding the rights and welfare of these modern-day heroes, acknowledging their significant contributions to the country's economy. He then highlighted several of his legislative efforts and programs that are designed to benefit OFWs.

Go was one of the authors and co-sponsors of the Senate version of Republic Act No. 11641, which created the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). The law streamlined the organization and functions of all government agencies related to overseas employment and migration through the creation of the DMW.

The lawmaker also mentioned that he has filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2297, seeking to institutionalize the OFW Hospital and ensure its continuous operation. The proposed legislation seeks to enhance healthcare provisions for OFWs and their families by reinforcing the current facility and earmarking essential funds for its upkeep and operations.

The OFW Hospital, a donation from the provincial government of Pampanga, commenced its operations in May 2022. It has six floors and can accommodate 100 beds, primarily intended for the use of OFWs and their eligible dependents. A Malasakit Center is also located in the hospital.

In addition to focusing on the OFW