Are OFWs Greedy or Evil?

If you think my article criticizing Pinoy Pride is demeaning, try the idea of someone saying, in effect, the OFW is evil just by being one.

A blogger recently gave his view on the OFW issue. In a Facebook group, he commented that OFWs are “good for nothing.” He insists that OFWs should be condemned for just leaving their children in the Philippines and leaving to work abroad. He further holds that OFWs are driven by greed in their search for for better salaries abroad, even if the OFW does it in order to support a family. And a funny accompanying opinion is that the parent does not need to have a lot of money or even money at all, he just needs to be physically present with their children – even if he is bringing nothing to feed the child, so it seems. It seems mere presence can feed the stomach, according to this opinion, if I undertand it correctly.

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The guy also claims to have been struck after saying to an OFW’s face that he is “evil” or a “sack of $#!*” for just being an OFW. So he provokes an OFW, gets struck, strikes back, then says the other guy is evil? If that’s not called bullying, I don’t know what is.

That seems enough to conclude that his ideas are unsound.

Anyway, can we say OFWism is the OFWs’ faults themselves entirely? I wouldn’t say that since, since, according to an article at GMA Network, the government can be credited for encouraging OFWism with certain programs for everseas workers during the Marcos Era. Succeeding administrations failed to address the conditions and problems of our country that lead to OFWism and thus OFWs leave the country in droves.

How can you blame it on the OFW themselves when the job market in the country is in a poor state?

While Filipinos and OFWs in general have some things to work on, these faults do not necessarily make them evil or worth condemning. They are people often left with little choice. Some people say that OFWs should just go home and try to find jobs here, no matter how hard it is, or how little they get. But compelling them to stay home and make do with salaries that are not enough is wrong.

Perhaps one should think of the family situation. A parent is obliged to provide for their children’s physical needs. That’s why they need the higher salaries they find abroad. Perhaps the guy wants parents to pick bananas or coconuts from the field and use that as baby food, instead of healthier modern infant foods. Health is at risk with that kind of setup, and modern food is needed.

Also: just not being there in person, but still sending money for needs, is still abandonment?

I think some people have skewed, one-sided views and thus they develop opinions that actually demean people. Sometimes questionable people do have questionable beliefs. Perhaps such people do start with good intentions, but their views tend to be skewed when they depend only on their own ideas (you know the saying about good intentions). They should stop believing too much in their own views (taking themselves too seriously) and stop spewing opinions that only demean and needlessly provoke other people.

I ado agree that OFWism is a problem and I do support solutions for bringing back OFWs and having them stay home permanently. But one must understand OFWism, while a problem in itself, is also the symptom of even bigger underlying problems. Saying the OFW is greedy or evil is bigotry and prejudice. It reflects a stubborn “I’m right, you’re wrong” arrogance with very little real understanding of others’ problems.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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Chris
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That attitude towards the OFW smacks of “crab mentality”. Obviously it is a complicated issue,or set of issues. In soje instances,the OFW goes off as the dedicated slave of the family and works hard while the spouse at home uses the remitances to entertain barcada and new lovers and actually do nothing productive. The children are marginally better off financially, but have a broken family. In other cases, you see an OFW go off and their entire family retires from the workforce altogether to live off of the sweat of the designated slave. Siquijor is a prime example with hardly… Read more »
libertas
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Well said
And between the emotional blackmail from the family and the govt strategy to push for more ofw’s, they are indeed unfortunate victims, and certainly work hard for still relatively meagre wages abroad, not to mention the abuse.
Despite all that ofw’s are invariably reluctant to return home once they have experienced life outside stalag philippines

Eduardo Padaoan
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I agree we (as OFW)are not evil nor greedy. We are victims of circumstance. Our place was a peaceful place but after the Marcos regime and it was the Cory Administration rebels controlled our place and there were victims of salvages. There was no peace and order. There were only two alternative:.Number 1 is – To join the ruling power which they consider themselves Communists. All mouths were sealed. No freedom and we believed that the Cory administration was a weak government because it tolerated what was happening. We knew that the Cory government freed the leaders of the Communist… Read more »
Allan Almarines
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Umaalis ang OFW sa bansa para kumita ng marangal para buhayin ang pamilya . Hindi namin kayang tingnan na maghirap ang pamilya dahil sa kawalan ng hanapbuhay at dahil sa lugmok na ekonomiya na gawa ng politico ng ating bansa. Ikaw Chino F palagay ko mayaman ka dahil nasasabi mo yan. O corrupt ka sa gobyerno . Pero kakarmahin ka rin at wag sana tayong magkita saibang bansa na OFw ka rin dahil isasampal ko sa mukha mo itong sinasabi.

17Sphynx17
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@Allan

Um, nagbasa ka ba talaga? Wala naman siya sinabi na mapanira sa OFW.

Counter argument nga siya sa isang artikulo daw na nagsabi ng sinasabi mo.

Next time po, paki basa ng maigi bago ka magreact.

Ikaw siguru ang corrupt, corrupted memory siguru, hehe! Joke lang po.

Peter Vandever
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I am sorry that you cant write English… So much for that Philippines Education 🙂

Nigel Pope
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Ahhh, the snake oil salesman makes an appearance. So, Peter, here are my questions for you. You claim to have a lot of savings so you can go to any ATM and take out 20,000 pesos at any time because, wow, you are so successful unlike those “lazy” Filipinos. (By the way, I notice you also called Samoans lazy and Fijians lazy. Are you the apostle to the lazy? Is this the special calling you now claim for yourself?) And yet only three months ago you were on your Facebook page begging for cash from your Facebook followers. Shall I… Read more »
Peter Vandever
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If you follow the Facebook group. I post one of my bank statement.

Hell, only what I get from the US Gov is more than P20,000 lol

Peter Vandever
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I think I will write a blog on the modern Spanish Friars and what would be happening in the Philippines. Great idea.

Thanks for inspiring me, Nigel.

Anti-P
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“I am sorry that you cant write English… So much for that Philippines Education”

It’s “can’t” not written as “cant”. It’s “Philippine Education” not written as “Philippines Education”.

Hmmm. So much for your so called education. I met so many people who claim to be a product of their so called “higher institutions” from their country but when in comes to interacting and working with them, shows only how little they are capable of.

[insert rolling eyes here]

Next please…

rem
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there are lots of OFW with different reasons & different circumstances. some OFWs bring their family in their place of selection. some OFWs have the luxury to go home every month, every 2months depending on the company. some OFWs were hired bcoz of their extra-ordinary capacity. what i mean nega commenters should know well first bfore talking trashes. most OFW are there for very good reasons not are all for sacrifices for good.

Nigel Pope
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Ahhh, as always, Peter, you fail to answer the questions.

You truly are a graduate of Oral Roberts University.

You’re just another fake.

I’ll keep it simple:

1. Why is it OK for you to beg for money but it’s bad when Filipinos beg for it?

2. Why do you say that Filipinos that run out of money are greedy but it’s also OK for you to run out of money?

C’mon, they’re simple questions. Even you should be able to answer them.

joeld
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I have worked locally for 11 years, the reason being I had faith in the Philippines. Well, so much for that… I am now an OFW for the past 4 years, sad to say, my 11 years of work there is overshadowed by my job now, financially or otherwise. Good luck and good riddance to the blogger who posted against us, OFWs.

stupidpinoy
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If you are referring to the ‘blogger’ ChinoF and not the comments in the facebook group mentioned in the article itself, then it’s either you did not read the article or you did not understand the article after reading it. Also one of the causes of this OFW phenomenon I believe; lack of education.

joeld
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not chino…read: the blogger who posted against us, OFWs.

Curious Bystander
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hahahaha you just read the header and commented right away.. LOL GOOD JOB!!

joeld
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hahah joust commented on the comment without reading my comment, what an idiot.

Sef
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I am an OFW too, for 7 yrs now. But I keep my family with me, my two sons and my wife. Both of my sons were born here in this country where I work. I see nothing wrong with that.

ZNKu
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My parents are OFW and I was born and raised abroad. My dad just moved abroad without even graduating and looking for a job. He just skipped last semester because he had to go since he’s under 21. My mom got really good job in the PH but she married to my dad. I felt in love with the PH during my second visit when I was 11, ten years after my first visit. I was disappointed when my family lives abroad while my relatives stay in the PH. Most of my relatives are successful with their life in the… Read more »
Paolo
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@ChinoF, i’m so with you on that, they are mere victims of circumstances.

Someone though,still plays a big part on keeping them people here on our land, they gotta do what they gotta do, but someone with the bigger role should also do what they oughta do.

eachhisown
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The term OFW should just not be referred to those working outside the Philippines but to those working away from their islands of the Visayas, Mindanao or other island provinces as well. Literally they work “overseas” as well. Perhaps most people who’ve been adequately educated or read books, magazines, newspapers, etc. and uses enough common sense would comprehend the most basic reason why a person need to work “overseas”. Basically the government habitually neglected and consistently ignores the development of the provinces because most politicians and government leaders, officials and even the least but greedy government employees consider the tax… Read more »
ZNKu
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Not all of them.

There are OFW who just want to get out and never come back. Another brought their own family with them. And newly graduated got out while there are jobs available for them locally.

Ian Paul
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This article and the other one written by a Peter Vandever has hit a good nerve. I’ve been working and living abroad for more than 15 years and I think we should start referring to ourselves as Non-Resident Filipinos as opposed to Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW). It’s true I will not become a citizen of this country but I don’t want to as long as I am treated fairly and given the rights as a resident of this country. I no longer consider myself a foreign worker here, I breathe and live among the millions of residents in this country… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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Seems the “hero” perspective and the “evil, money grubbing” point of view always come from people who AREN’T OFWs. (Or as you put it — Non-Resident Filipinos) And the OFW “problem” also always tends to be the concern of people who discuss OFWs like they aren’t ever in the room, or will never overhear the things that are said about them. Seems to me that if you are going to talk ABOUT OFWs and their “problems,” it would go a long way to getting things right if they were part of the conversation in the first place.

juantangakaba
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Are OFWs Greedy or Evil? i can understand who will wrote this, the sons and daugthers of OFW specially yung mga batang maliit pa ay iniwan na, kahit anong sabihin natin kahit anong explanation, lahat ng naging problema nila at kalungkutan, para sa kanila OFW na magulang nila ang my kasasalan.

ayvah
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I am an OFW. Deciding to be one was hard and being one is harder. As an OFW, we have to battle homesickness everyday. Living away from home and family is never easy, not to mention working with different nationalities with different culture and background. Of course, we all want to go home. Philippines will always be the only home for Filipinos. Just see the millions of OFW coming home for vacation every year. I think our number is greater than those tourists. So this led me to believe that we are keeping our airline industry alive. And who sends… Read more »
Dirch
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I am an OFW and yes, the first reason for me being one is money, I want to earn more, the other reason is simply because the Philippines sucks, bad public transport, corrupt police, high crime rate, crooked taxi drivers, crappy utilities, etc. Now, is it greedy to want to live in a not so “sucky” country?

lazio
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What does it say about the Philippines that most filipinos dream of leaving the country and being a servant in Kuwait, or a truck driver in canada, or wiping some old German guy’s ass?

estrella
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@lazio,I call that making an honest living. what kind of reputation are you worried about?

embarrassed2Bpinoy
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Amen.

Ian
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@lazio – it is not only the Philippines but it shows that Filipino people are responsible enough that they are willing to sacrifice choosing to work outside of our country and make a living rather than do nothing and not contribute to the society.

joeld
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FYI, OFWs are not only truck drivers, domestic helpers and laborers. A lot are also engineers, doctors and ITs, etc. Like me, a lot are overseas because the Philippine government could not give us employment or even a fair chance at having one, without being discriminated.

kakaramput
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ofws for me ay nagkaroon ng pamilya na walang ipon kaya ayaw na nila magtiis at maghirap pa kaya dun abroad na sila. most filipinons want instant yaman or pagpapayaman sa mas madaling paraan. gustong guminhawa sa madaling paraan. who wants naman kasi maghirap. it’s not greed. life is too short kaya abroad na at mapakain na pamilya. ipon na pangbusiness at maka uwi na or migrate na at iwanan na pilipinas or migrate na at pabaka bakasyon na lang sa pilipinas para magyabang or wala lang.. bakasyon lang.

Joe
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“How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm
After they’ve seen Paree'” song comes to mind 🙂

Why would anyone in their right mind want to go back and deal with Manila heat and humidity… traffic… chaos… after they’ve spent time in a clean orderly city abroad with better weather and better pay?

Marooned Islander
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I left the Philippines as a young man, to find my fortune, and I have done so with great professional success. As stated in previous posts about comparisons regarding the countries they live in and the Philippines. It is true in most aspects, and I would rather stay in a country who treats all their citizen equally. I totally agree with Ian, we are not heroes, nor patriots for I have lost that illusion a long time ago. I believe survivor and mercenary would be better descriptions, do everything to ensure their families well being and to sell our talents… Read more »
Ian
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@Marooned Islander – True, it is for the money first and with it comes the overall well being. It all boils down to each person’s hierarchy of needs and what really gives contentment in his/her life. It does not mean to sound materialistic as most of our earnings abroad are provided to our families. Being an NRF (I prefer this term, non-resident Filipino) is a bit complicated than what most people think it is. It is quite obvious that our country’s mismanagement is the problem (the elected people, the people who elected them and every unthinking citizen). The stagnating mindset/bad… Read more »
palpaliiw
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baka ang sumulat na evil o greedy ang OFW ay nagsa-sour grapes lamang. Kasi para Pilipinas lang ang kanyang mata. Ha ha ha.

saintpolitician
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So typical of you among vengeful pinoys whose main agenda is too seek easy money in order to promote themselves and outdo the status of other people. Most Filipinos are looking for instant gratification without knowing the consequences of their decisions. I don’t believe that good intentions is what pushing them as what local media is portraying them pinoy pride mediocrity. In reality its all about getting ahead of others and filling that financial gap for the sake of attracting prying eyes on them.

roymaestre
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all the Filipino all over the world are hardworking and honest, i believe that all the OFW are good intetions to work in any part of the world.

Roy L. Maestre
Contributor, http://www.ourhappyschool.com

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