Hanoi, Vietnam — The Filipino community in Vietnam is supportive of the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it is an investment for the next generation.
Jun Felix, president of the Filipino community based in northern Vietnam, said Pinoys in Vietnam are supporting the intensified campaign of the Duterte administration against illegal drugs because it will ensure that the future of the Philippines is safe and secured.
“Pabor na pabor po tayo sa ginagawa ng ating Pangulo sa paglaban sa droga dahil para sa susunod na generation yan,” Felix, who has been working in Hanoi for the past 21 years, said.
President Duterte will meet with the Filipino community in Vietnam on a two-day official visit starting Wednesday.
Emmanuel Lopez, a technical manager at Sika Limited Vietnam, said at least 500 Filipinos are excited to meet the President in Hanoi.
There are around 3,800 Filipinos working in Vietnam with around 900 of them staying in the capital of Hanoi.
Many Filipino engineers occupy high-level managerial positions in infrastructure projects while Filipino managers and supervisors are in demand in leading local and international companies in the garment manufacturing industry.
There are a sizeable number of professionals working as English teachers and doctors in international hospitals based in Vietnam.
“Filipinos are very happy in Vietnam. They are treated well. Dito namin naramdaman kung paano kami iginalang. They (Vietnamese employers) acknowledge the contribution of Filipinos,” said Lopez.