The campaign comes as a grateful response to UAE’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, which recently crossed 10 million.
Thousands of Filipinos have expressed appreciation to the UAE through “I am vaccinated, Salamat (Thanks) UAE” online campaign launched by The Filipino Times through Facebook on Tuesday.
The campaign comes as a grateful response to UAE’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, which recently crossed 10 million. It encourages all Filipino UAE residents to place a customised frame on their Facebook profile photos. It bears the flags of the UAE and the Philippines, which signifies both countries' earnest support and solidarity for one another.
Dr Karen Remo, CEO and Managing Director of New Perspective Media Group and Publisher of The Filipino Times, said, "This campaign mirrors the immense gratefulness of the Filipinos in the UAE and highlights the confidence of the entire community to the leadership as they work tirelessly and generously to provide vaccines and hospitalisation care for free. Within just hours following the launch of our campaign, we're amazed at the turnout of support, showing that a large percentage of Filipino expats have already taken part in the National Vaccination Programme."
Vince Ang, General Manager of the newspaper, commented, "Inspiring anecdotes from our fellow overseas Filipinos from different walks of life speak of hope and optimism, with a mutual message of gratitude for UAE acknowledging that their second home came prepared to tackle the pandemic. This reflects the overwhelming response among Filipinos with this campaign that has garnered more than 5,000 users in just three days."
Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives gave Secretary Silvestre Bello of the Department of Labour and Employment a severe verbal drubbing following revelations that he already talked with the UK ambassador to the Philippines on the issue.
"All Filipino citizens, whether returning Filipinos or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are allowed to return to the Philippines," Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, said in a media briefing.
Nations like France and South Korea began resuming face-to-face classes as they got their outbreaks under control, but Philippine authorities see the risk as too great. President Rodrigo Duterte said last month that even if students could not graduate, they needed to stay out of school to fight the spread of the disease.
The latest travel deal runs from June 12 until June 14, allowing UAE-based Filipinos and other residents to mark the most patriotic date in the Philippine calendar by booking their flights to over 30 domestic routes and 16 international routes for travel between Nov.1, 2021 until March 26.
During the meeting, they discussed ways of consolidating the bilateral relations that bind the two brotherly countries and people within the framework of the same destiny and common visions.
"It was nice. This is how it normally happens in Pakistan. What is there to object to it? I think it's perfectly okay,” Maryam Nawaz remarked. Maryam and Hamza sang at one of the events held in Lahore a day ago and their videos have been circulating on social media.
The health expert said, “We ask citizens and residents wishing to travel to learn about the requirements and procedures of the visiting countries and adhere to them, to avoid any penalties for violations in these countries.”