Message by a female construction worker at the handover of the water system built under the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project

By Mcleen Nikko Ferreras, female construction worker at the handover of the water system built under the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project, 9 November 2020 Manila and Maguindanao, Philippines via Zoom

Good morning to all!

I deem it is a great honour and privilege to be standing in front of you today in behalf of my fellow ILO-Japan workers in this memorable handover ceremony. But first of all, we start by giving glory to our Almighty God for making today’s occasion a resourcing success.

First and foremost, I would like to thank our special guests for today, Honourable Masahiro Nakata, Economic Minister, Embassy of Japan (ohayogozaimasu), Director Khalid Hassan, ILO Country Director, ILO-Country Office Manila (Assamalaikum).

Our ever supportive mayor of South Upi, Honourable Reynalbert O. Insular Honourable Romeo Sema Chair, Project Advisory and Review Committee, ILO-Japan Project, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Sir Rochito Suenan, our District Supervisor, Mr Rogen Palma, Barangay Captain of Romongaob.

I also express my heartfelt thanks to the ILO officers, staff and workers, the local government of South Upi for their valuable contribution regarding the water system project here in Timanan Central Elementary School (TCES).

I am grateful to be hired as of one of the ILO-Japan workers for this said project. The month of this project were nothing less than a life experience. It took how many months for us to push through because of this pandemic we are all experiencing worldwide. We face struggles, hardships and shed too much sweating while doing this water system project.

But the fruit of our labour was very rewarding. Everyone will benefit especially parents, students, and members of the school faculty of TCES.

Water is life. Without water we are nothing, so that is why we are forever grateful and blessed that International Labour Organization – Japan Project had chosen our school to benefit the water system project. It will surely change the lives of the students and teachers of TCES.

I thank all the distinguished invitees that were present here today.

Last but not least, I thank you my fellow ILO-Japan workers, thank you for all our efforts, cooperation, and dedication in making this water system a success. I hope this would not end here. I hope this will be just a beginning of a wonderful journey working with the ILO-Japan.

Once again, I thank you all for your attention. Thank you everyone and God bless us all!