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OFW Nurses and Frontliners in Singapore Receive the Praise They Richly Deserve

These unsung heroes deserve all the praise.
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Around the world, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working as nurses, doctors, service crew, and more are putting their lives on the line for the fight against COVID-19. These silent but steadfast frontliners make up a bulk of essential workers in countries like the U.S.A., the U.K., and Singapore, the latter of which has released a statement praising the hardworking Filipino frontliners who have been “invaluable” in their effort to contain the virus.

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According to CNN Philippines, the Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines said, “Filipino healthcare workers are famed across the world for their expertise and professionalism. Filipino frontliners in the health sector have been invaluable to our efforts to contain the virus.”

“Many OFWs are also making important contributions to the safe and sustainable re-opening of Singapore’s economy. They work in diverse sectors, including in education, finance and business. The Singapore Tourism Board recently posted a video conveying our appreciation for OFWs and their contributions to Singapore,” he went on to say.

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The video, which premiered in August, is further proof of the ties that bind Singapore and the Philippines, with OFWs being an integral ingredient to the nations’ strong relationship.

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“We appreciate the fortitude and dedication that our Filipino friends in Singapore have shown during these trying times. STB wanted to express our thanks by providing something most valuable to our Filipino friends – hearing words of motivation and encouragement from their loved ones. Through this video, we salute you, and look forward to the day we can emerge safely from this together,” said John Conceicao, executive director of the Singapore Tourism Board.

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Singapore’s healthcare system, which includes a large arsenal of OFWs, has been praised for its efficiency in responding and treating COVID-19. Meanwhile, Singapore has been one of the best countries in Asia in suppressing and controlling outbreaks in the country.

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