Sunday, 24 June 2007
RP wants to end dependence on migrant workers
SINGAPORE - The Philippines is hoping to reduce its dependence on remittances from overseas workers by boosting local employment opportunities, President Gloria Arroyo said Sunday.About eight million Filipinos, close to 10 percent of the Southeast Asian nation's population, now live and work in more than 100 countries.But Arroyo expressed hope that Filipinos would no longer have to seek work overseas in large numbers if conditions improve at home."We're very proud of our overseas Filipinos," Mrs. Arroyo said at the two-day World Economic Forum on East Asia ahead of a state visit to Singapore, which hosts tens of thousands of Filipino workers and professionals.Mrs. Arroyo said she had inherited "a history of economic lethargy" before a burst of growth under her watch.