Following her trip to Singapore, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte had the opportunity to address the Filipino community. In her speech, Duterte expressed her deep admiration for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Singapore, praising their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to their families and nation.

“I salute all of you for your bravery in doing difficult things for your loved ones and the country,” she said.

Duterte also shared that the Singaporean President and Prime Minister appreciate the contributions of Filipinos in their country, recognizing their unique touch and value.

“Sinabi nila that the Filipinos have the touch that’s why we truly appreciate their help and their work here in Singapore,” the Vice President shared.

During her meeting with the Filipino community in Singapore, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte highlighted the importance of education. Aside from acknowledging the hard work of OFWs, she urged her fellow Filipinos to make education a priority and to encourage their loved ones back home to do the same. Duterte emphasized that education is a key factor that can bring about positive changes not only in one’s personal life but also in the lives of their families and communities.

“Dapat po ulit-ulitin natin na ipaintindi sa ating mga anak, sa ating mga pamangkin at kapatid na kailangan nilang magtapos ng kanilang pag-aaral dahil iyon ang magpapabago sa kanilang pamilya at sa kanilang personal na buhay,” she said.

Through this, Duterte aims to help Filipinos create a better future for themselves and their families by emphasizing the value of education.

Moreover, Duterte reminded the Filipino community that the government is working towards creating opportunities within the country, so going overseas can be a matter of choice rather than a necessity. She hopes that Filipinos would be able to realize their dreams of living abroad without being forced to leave their families behind.

“Kung aalis ka man, hindi dahil napipilitan ka but aalis ka dahil gusto mo na tumira sa ibang bansa. ‘Yan ang pangarap ng Pilipinas at iyan po ang ginagawan natin ng paraan at sana po sa ganoong estado during our lifetimes, so that our children will not experience the pain and hurt of separation from their loved ones and their families,” Duterte said.

In her role as the council president of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Duterte has been actively seeking out opportunities to learn about innovative educational practices across Southeast Asia. Her recent visits to both Brunei and Singapore have allowed her to gain valuable insights into the approaches used by these countries to deliver high-quality education to their students. Through these visits, Duterte hopes to identify best practices that can be adapted and implemented in the Philippines, ultimately contributing to the development of the country’s education system.

Duterte’s speech highlights the importance of recognizing the efforts of OFWs in Singapore and prioritizing education to create a brighter future for Filipinos. By working towards creating opportunities within the country, she hopes that Filipinos would be able to pursue their dreams without having to sacrifice their families and loved ones.

Her leadership and advocacy for education and local employment opportunities give hope to many Filipinos who aspire to live a better life. With her continued efforts and support, Filipinos can look forward to a brighter future where they can pursue their dreams without having to sacrifice their families and loved ones.