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President Marcos Jr. Commends OFWs in Hungary for Contributions

OFWs in Hungary
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. recently emphasized the invaluable contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hungary during a meeting with Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó.

The President lauded Filipino workers for their positive impact on Hungarian society, extending beyond their roles within the Filipino community.

OFWs in Hungary Pride and Diplomacy

OFWs in Hungary

President Marcos expressed his pride in the diligence and discipline exhibited by Filipino workers in Hungary. He underscored their ability to integrate seamlessly into Hungarian culture, a testament to their adaptability and work ethic. Minister Peter Szijjártó echoed these sentiments, noting the strong Christian values shared between the two nations, particularly through the Catholic Church.

As of December last year, approximately 16,098 Filipinos reside in Hungary, contributing significantly to the local economy and cultural landscape. They are employed across diverse sectors including automotive technology, logistics, hospitality, and diplomatic services. Many Filipinos in Hungary also play integral roles within embassies, international organizations, and contribute to the country’s workforce diversity.

The Philippines and Hungary established diplomatic relations on September 28, 1973, marking their 50th anniversary this year. Hungary’s decision to reopen its embassy in Manila in 2016 after a 21-year hiatus underscores its commitment to fostering deeper bilateral ties with the Philippines. The official inauguration of the embassy in March 2017 symbolizes Hungary’s strategic approach to enhancing diplomatic and trade relations with the Philippines.

Bilateral Trade and Economic Impact

OFWs in Hungary

In 2023, Hungary ranked as the Philippines’ 46th trading partner, with bilateral trade amounting to US$173.8 million. Despite global economic challenges impacting merchandise trade, both nations have demonstrated resilience in sustaining economic relations. The mutual exchange of goods and services continues to strengthen, reflecting ongoing efforts to expand market opportunities and promote sustainable trade practices.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s acknowledgment of OFWs in Hungary highlights the Philippines’ appreciation for their hard work and dedication abroad. As both nations celebrate half a century of diplomatic ties, the commitment to enhancing economic, cultural, and social exchanges remains steadfast.

Moving forward, initiatives aimed at further deepening cooperation and understanding between the Philippines and Hungary are poised to create lasting benefits for both countries and their citizens.

Wrapping Up…

OFWs in Hungary

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s recognition of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hungary underscores their pivotal role in enhancing bilateral relations and cultural exchange. The contributions of Filipino workers across diverse sectors in Hungary not only bolster the local economy but also enrich the cultural landscape, fostering mutual understanding and respect between the two nations.

This diplomatic milestone between the Philippines and Hungary, marking 50 years of relations, highlights a commitment to sustained collaboration in economic, cultural, and social realms. The resilience shown in bilateral trade despite global challenges signifies a robust foundation for future growth and cooperation.

The story of OFWs in Hungary teaches us the importance of acknowledging and valuing the contributions of migrant workers in fostering international relations and economic development. It exemplifies how cultural integration and shared values can strengthen diplomatic ties and promote global solidarity.

Moving forward, initiatives aimed at deepening cooperation between nations should prioritize inclusivity, respect for diversity, and sustainable practices to ensure mutual prosperity and lasting benefits for both countries and their citizens.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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