OFW…… A Hero?

Every last Monday of August, we, the Filipinos, celebrate National Heroes Day, to honor and remember the country’s National heroes. Throughout the Philippine history, men like Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, and women like Melchora Aquino and Gabriela Silang, whose courageous acts resulted in the betterment and improvement of the Philippine nation.

From this reason, actions for the good and progress of the society, do the Filipinos of today define who and what it takes to become one of the heroes of the 21st century. Likewise, calling and treating Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as the modern heroes of the country.

However, I beg to disagree. I do not believe OFWs earned to be titled as heroes for they act against all what the previous and rightfully called heroes stood for, betterment and improvement of the nation itself.

Truly, their hard work and sacrifices help improve the economy’s position however this result was not their initial intention for their real reason was to earn for their family and loved ones. While their families enjoy their fruitful earnings, the country is suffering from the brain drain that could have been avoided if they have not been lured by their selfish reasons.

Additionally, for over half a century, our ancestors fought very hard against the colonizers to ensure future Filipinos freedom, even sacrificing their own lives for tomorrow’s sake,  yet, the future Filipinos they hoped to serve the country are tremblingly rushing towards the arms of the colonizers to be enslaved again.

Now, do you still believe that OFWs should be the heroes of today?

 

Clarice Ng

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