Paco, Manila, August 1, 2019 – Filipinos leaving the Philippines to live abroad were treated to some pre-departure surprise by celebrity actor Alden Richards. Richards dropped in with some ice cream for everyone while the pre-departure services for migrants, fiances and spouses of foreign nationals, and teen migrants were being held at the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. The CFO, a government agency tasked to promote the well-being of overseas Filipinos, registers and provides country-specific orientation seminars and counseling services to migrants so that they are informed of their rights and obligations while abroad.
Richards plays an OFW in Hongkong supporting his family back home in the latest offering from Star Cinema, “Hello, Love, Goodbye,” opposite Kathryn Bernardo. The movie premiered in the Philippines on July 31, and is expected to be a blockbuster hit owing to its migration theme that deeply resonates with many Filipino families who have relatives abroad.
Richards offered his support to the soon-to-leave migrants, as he understands the emotions each one is going through in setting out for new chapters in their lives while leaving behind some of their families and friends. He wished them well in their journey to seeking out better economic opportunities abroad. He also expressed support for the government’s anti-human trafficking campaign, specifically the 1343 Actionline being run by the CFO, which chairs the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking Advocacy and Communications Committee (IACAT-ADVOCOM).