DOHA 23 January 2019 — As a show of appreciation for the country’s unwavering support for the Filipino migrants in the country, the Philippine Embassy in Doha and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Qatar, in cooperation with Qatar government, organized the “Hatid Saya: Thank You, Qatar”.
The event is the Filipino community celebration of the Qatar National Day, which was held at the Aspire Ladies Sports Hall on 18 December 2018.
Coinciding with the celebration of the International Migrants Day, Chargé d’affaires Roussel R. Reyes, on behalf of Ambassador to Qatar Alan L. Timbayan, conveyed the appreciation of the Philippines for Qatar’s hosting of some 255,000 Filipino workers who stand to benefit from the latest labor reforms being implemented by Qatar.
Over the years, Qatar has continually promoted the welfare and dignity of Filipino workers in Qatar and recognized their valuable contribution to the country’s national development.
As part of the nationwide festivities, Qatar government officials graced the occasion and participated in the event. Deputy Minister and Labor Sector Chairman Mohamad Hassan Al-Obaidly of the Qatar Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and Mr. Nasser Bin Abdullah Al-Nasser of Al Nasr Star Group attended the celebration. They were joined by other officials from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA), Ministry of Interior (MOI), Labor Attachés from Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh, and ILO Head Project in Qatar Houtan Homayounpour.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio and Miss Scuba International 2nd runner up Noelle Fuentes Uy Tuazon, hosted the community segment which showcased cultural presentations, musical and dance extravaganza from local Filipino talents in Qatar.
Celebrity guests from the Philippines, Maja Salvador and Nico Antonio, capped the celebration with lively performances and interactive engagement with the audience. Filipinos were also treated to surprise raffle prizes from the event partner, Al Nasr Star Group of companies.