Filipino Migrants Petition for the Creation of a Department of Migration and Development

A Petition, asking the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines to create a separate body to take charge over the affairs of the Filipinos working overseas and other migrants, has been started today via Change.org.

A screen shot of the Petition as shown on change.org

A screen shot of the Petition as shown on change.org

For the link, kindly copy/paste the following URL address to your browser:

https://www.change.org/p/the-philippine-congress-create-a-department-of-migration-and-development?recruiter=16529964&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

When I shared the Petition to my Facebook Timeline, the second time around, I have noted the following:

I have been an OFW, myself, for 15 long years, and still am not home for good, because I am now living in my adopted country of Kuwait, through marriage to a Kuwaiti national, thus allowing me to continue sharing my resources for the uplift of the poor in my local community. Only in the current years did I discover the strength of the remittances that I have been sending to the Philippines since 1987, and through trial and error, I finally have developed a system which somehow ensures that my regular remittances are being used for the improvement and development of the families left behind by the OFWs and OFs, or simply migrants.

Through this separate Department of Migration and Development, migrants’ resources and expertise can be pooled together to better the lives of the Filipinos back home and to really put in good use the government’s almost four decades of labor export and their reliance on these laborers’ remittances.

We should be realistic enough to accept that migration is an unavoidable phenomenon and despite the harsh conditions majority of them OFWs are faced on a daily basis, more and more Filipinos venture into the unknown. This body, which is being demanded to be created, will now concentrate only in producing the best workers to be sent out of the Philippines, thus avoiding the illegal channels which are always the ones causing the abuse of the most vulnerable group of OFWs, the women. The current departments and agencies could hardly cope with the demands of those deployed outside of the country, what’s more attend to the local labor needs.

Please, I ask you, to help us be treated humanely. We are not commodities which the RP government are continuously treating us. We deserve to be treated with respect because we are the ones who are making the economy afloat!

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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