In a news conference in Qatar, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed the agreements forged between PH-Bahrain on bilateral trade, avoidance of double taxation, strengthening of aviation links and new investments with the said country. The President himself also addresses the Filipino community there particularly the OFWs who are given tips on how to stop corruption from their end.
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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte meets the Filipino community in Bahrain on Good Friday, April 14.
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Du30 attended the signing ceremony after their bilateral talks at Sakhir Palace where they discussed such economic cooperation. No loans were discussed but investments as claimed by detractors that the president’s travel include some money-borrowing spree.
Department of OFWs
In the president’s speech among Overseas Filipino Workers in Bahrain, he stresses that to assist them for their every need, they can go to their one specific branch, the Department of OFWs. A government official later contested this because this is allegedly opposite to their goal of stopping migrant workers to keep them in the country instead when livelihood programs are enhanced. But Filipinos do know that the demand and good deals overseas can’t easily stop the Filipino diaspora.
Due to the nature of OFW movements, the president takes into consideration their convenience thereby installing online services for them from application to queries when they are already abroad. This is one effective tool in today’s world.
Illegal Collection and Detention
The president urges OFWs to help him realize his campaign promise to stop corruption in the country. They can very well do this by insisting on their rights. Knowing when to refuse to pay some money for illegal favors is crucial especially in the immigration and customs departments as well as the BIR.