By Liezelle Soriano
President Bongbong Marcos and H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, foreign minister of Saudi Arabia. (Manila Bulletin photo courtesy)
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. received a courtesy visit on Thursday from H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, foreign minister of Saudi Arabia.
Marcos posted pictures on his Facebook account of his meeting with the Saudi foreign minister and other dignitaries.
The President commended the Saudi Arabian authorities for caring about the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) living there.
“We expressed our sincere gratitude for their government’s concern for the welfare of our overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia,” Marcos said.
“We are eager to strengthen our ties and broaden our collaboration, particularly in green energy, digital infrastructure, and agriculture,” he added.
According to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople, the Philippine government would end its restriction on Saudi deployment on November 7 after concluding bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia.
Ople said the department and Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmad Bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi have reached an agreement in which both parties will take actions “to facilitate the decent and productive employment of OFWs and ensure the protection of their rights.” (ai/mtvn)