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.
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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!