On Overseas Filipino Workers

That Word in Me reflects about Overseas Filipino Worker (OFWs). “OFWs are not heroes. They don’t work abroad so they can help ‘alleviate’ our country’s economic status by their remittances… There are very little jobs that can sustain an ordinary Filipino and I bet if he had a choice, he’d rather be working here than elsewhere.”


  • Deuz J. Luzande

    It is indeed, that all the OFW’s around the globe must be called heroes of this modern world, primarily because we sustain the lives of our families in Philippines awaiting for our return.I choose to work abroad so in this little way I can contribute to the economic standing of our country thus leading to the development of our newly industrialized nation whom I called the “Sleeping Tiger” of Asia, soon to be part of great economic giants.I may sound futuristic? but we must believe. Persist and Fortify my dear Philippines.

  • Deuz J. Luzande

    The problem with unemployment lies in the lazy hands of Juan Tamad. There are a lot of job opportunities in our country, not to mention the booming industry of BPO which until now requires more employees.The problem? the Filipino people who just wanted to get things on the easiest way as possible and some more we still use “isip-talangka”. Do not blame everything to the government. Ask our selves? Am I doing something to resolve my problem?, Laziness will kill you…slowly… It is just like a jeep,The way towards the nations development doesn’t rely on the driver alone, remember, we as passenger give the direction. As a Filipino, it is our duty to safeguard the interest of our country and protect our constitution at all times no matter what it cause.

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  • Dexer

    I disagree that OFWs be called heroes as well, they have chosen that career path and most of them does not want to work in our country, what should be called heroes are those expert professionals that are honest and working hard for our country to be on top and not filipino men/women working for other country to be on top.

    Most of the too hate to go back to Philippines. Why do we call them Heroes???

    (Sorry for my bad English)

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