The Filipino community is using social media as a way to show their confidence in the country they now call home.
Tens of thousands of Filipinos living in the UAE are joining a Facebook campaign and posting their pictures designed with the words: Filipinos trust the UAE.
Their pictures show the UAE and the Philippines’ flag side by side, as a symbol that reflects the solidarity of the two countries and its residents.
The campaign, which began 30th April by The Filipino Times, expresses Filipinos’ confidence in the UAE government’s efforts to eliminate COVID-19.
“Within just hours after the launch, Filipinos have virtually come together in an unprecedented number to spell out their trust in this nation’s leaders by placing a unique Facebook sticker on their respective profile photos,” said Dr. Karen Remo, CEO and managing director of New Perspective Media Group and Publisher of The Filipino Times.
“In just three days [until 3rd May], the campaign has recorded a 168,976 reach and has garnered 31,852 engagements,” she told Emirates News Agency.
“This act of compassion has tugged at the heart string of every Filipino living and working in the UAE as well as their families in the Philippines.”
“It aims to unite their message of deep faith and thanks to the UAE,” she added.
A Filipino Times report on the campaign highlighted a recent statement of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in which he told residents to feel and take the UAE as their second home.
His Highness reassured the nation that with patience, “this COVID-19 crisis will pass”.
The report emphasised that the UAE has proven repeatedly that it is the safest country in the world, and the massive number of coronavirus testing in the country has proved it.
The UAE has recently dispatched seven tons of medical supplies to the Philippines.