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Pangasinan 5th biggest province in number of OFWs

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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - More than 175,000 registered Filipinos overseas and migrants are from Pangasinan, making it the fifth largest province in terms of the number of OFWs.
The overseas Pangasinenses' remittance is more than half of the total remittances from Ilocos region.
This was reported to the Pangasinan Migration and Development Council by Andrea Luisa C. Anolin of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO) during a meeting of the council.
Antolin added that the province posted a share of P7.34 billion from the P11.4 billion total remittances of Region 1 for the period April to September 2006.
On top of the remittances, Anolin noted the support of Pangasinan’s overseas workers to the CFO’s Lingkod sa Kapamilya (LINKAPIL) or Link for Philippine Development, a program aimed at forging deeper partnership between expatriates and Filipinos in the home country.
According to a report, the Filipino overseas from Pangasinan contributed P146 million to their home province in the form of donations and projects which include medical missions, infrastructure, scholarship, livelihood and holding of skills transfer seminar.
Taking cognizance of the contributions of Pangasinan to the country’s economy, Anolin said the CFO has put up three satellite offices in Pangasinan, particularly in Dagupan City, Urdaneta City and Rosales town to cater to the needs of the overseas workers.
As member of the PMDC, the CFO vowed to help the provincial government in the campaign against anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking activities as well as in the formulation of plans and programs for the welfare of OFWs and their families.

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