Overseas Filipino Workers are seen as modern day heroes. And why not? They are such remarkable people. They help keep our economy afloat. They send in remittances that help improve the country’s GDP. Helping the economy, however, takes a backseat in their main goal in helping their own families. These OFWs leave the country to provide for their families. They left the country and sacrificed their own happiness just to give a bright future to the people they left behind.
As much as these noble deeds of these OFWs should be celebrated, the number of people going abroad to earn a living should also alarm us. We should also realise that these people leave the country because they see far better opportunities for them in another country than their own. I think the great number of Filipinos should be an implication of what the situation of our country is in. These Filipinos would rather leave their home country because they see a brighter future for them if they work abroad.
Yes, OFWs should be honored, celebrated and admired. In fact, they are something our country should be proud of. But we should also remember why they ended up leaving the country and became OFWS. As we celebrate and acknowledge the sacrifices of these Overseas Filipino Workers, we should also take a step back and look at the other side of the situation. As more and more Filipinos leave the country, it makes one think, is the Philippines providing enough for the Filipinos?