migrant workers a new breed of neglected heroes

Philippines
April 18, 2009 11:47pm CST
World War II veterans are now not alone in their cry as neglected heroes, there is a new breed joining, the migrant workers. This is the result of scarcity of jobs opportunity in our country. Most of them had no choice but to work abroad leaving their families behind. Neglected I say because how many of them are still locked up in prison or in death row, accused of crime they did not committed, abuse or maltreated and more. If these problems are well addressed, the rate supposed to be on the down trend but what is happening is the other way around. I hope and pray that their fate and the fate of this country be brighter and better in the future. To all OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS GOB BLESS. My family and I are very proud of you guys.
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• United States
19 Apr 09
Sadly, that is what happens when you work in a foreign country, you have to be careful because you may or may not be welcomed in that country.
• Philippines
19 Apr 09
Why do you say neglected? How sure are you that they are innocent. Take note that these people are adults and way above the age of reason. Working abroad has its responsibilities and consequences. It is not rare that Filipinos abroad are caught after committing crimes, so i would not wonder if some OFW's end up in jail. I have nothing against OFW's, but working abroad really has its risks and people who go there should be mature enough to consider and accept this and NOT whine that the government does not help them. There are just too many problems at home for the government to take care of "cry-baby" OFW's. Besides, it is easy to earn money in the Philippines if you are resourceful and smart. People go abroad because of the offer of "easy money" and are just too lazy to fight it out back home.
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• Philippines
19 Apr 09
It's sad how some Filipinos are left with no choice but to work abroad (some are even fooled by illegal recruiters). And when they get there, some are even abused and wronged. They work and try to be happy cause they put their mind on the future of their family eventhough homesickness is almost killing them. I'm proud of these people. I just hope the government will do something about it.
• Philippines
19 Apr 09
[b][/b]Yes I agree with you, it seems that the government is only after the dollars and euros that migrant workers sent to their families, but when it comes to helping them when in trouble, they just point them from one gov't. agency to another. If only they can give them a better job with respectable salary, no filipinos would like to work away from their families.
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
19 Apr 09
You made a very good point here @Shoemaker16. It's not just about the bad experiences the OFWs experienced abroad that made them neglected heroes. Just look at some of the regulations being imposed and fees collected by the government from our migrant workers and it's not plausible to deduce that the OFWs are doubly burdened. Imagine the need to train "Super DHs" before they can go abroad. How much does the training cost? And why the need to join and pay OWWA if this is inutile handling the problems of its members? I'm sure fellow Filipino myLotters who are abroad or have experienced working abroad can share a lot in this thread.
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@ulqu1orra (308)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
You're right about it... Sacrificing your very own happiness being at the comfort of your family for the sake of your family was really a heroic thing that should be recognized by every Filipino.
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