ARTICLE | MARCH 22, 2011 – 12:46AM | BY CBCPNEWS
MANILA, March 21, 2011— At least two Catholic bishops urged lawmakers to use their pork barrel funds in the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers caught in armed conflicts abroad.
Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes made the challenge to the lawmakers for the sake of the OFWs.
“It is the best time for them that all those congressmen must give their pork barrel to protect our OFW,” Bastes said.
“I am challenging them that all their pork barrel will be put in a common fund so that our OFWs whose lives are in danger would be able to come back,” he said.
Maasin Bishop Prescioso Cantillas said congressmen and senators should allocate a portion of their pork barrel fund for the OFWs.
“It would be a big help… hope they will realize that,” Cantillas said over the Manila archdiocese-run Radyo Veritas.
Cantillas is the chairman of the Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
He said that although the fund is intended for development projects, it would be good if the legislators would use it for OFWs who want to go home.
“The amount that would be gathered from the pork barrel of lawmakers could also help in providing jobs for the returning OFWs,” he said.
The prelates said the lawmakers should help finance repatriation of thousands of OFWs in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and even in the quake-ravaged Japan.
Cantillas said he is convinced that the government is doing everything it can to help the Filipino workers abroad.
“We see that effort being made by the government despite the lack of funds,” Cantillas said. (CBCPNews)
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