We can always say, “walang basagan ng trip”, but seriously, if we are to mature about this we need to take sides. I speak as someone who was an accidental OFW with the fullest resolve to go back home and did so.
Of course there will always …be a financial advantage on deciding to work, even live with your family at another country, but the emotional, spiritual and long-term economic cost of leaving the country is tremendous.
Sure, go and work overseas for a couple of years for the experience, but please, I beg you to not contribute to the Brain Drain long term. Just get the knowledge and technology the high and mghty countries and companies have, then funnel it back here at the earliest time possible.
We can always say those who remain in Pinas are this and that, even blame the corruption in the government or even justify that the foreign currency remittances compensate for your absence or even save the economy. My appeal is to those who have the potential to make a positive change within the country and not just win the respect of foreigners on perceptions of Filipinos worldwide. If you do insist our talents are “World Class”, why not dare to show your fellow countrymen what you can do, here?
Fellow Talented Filipinos, your talents and passion are needed here in the Philippines, now.
I dare not label as Traitor those who decide to take the Overseas Filipino path, but if that individual looks down on the decisions and actions of the nation he/she/it/they abandoned, you are lower than traitors, even lower than the lowest microcosms that pretend to live still.
- Philippine government hosts global summit to inspire Filipinos to help in the country’s future development (theaterofoneworld.org)
- Financial Literacy Campaign and the Philippine Government (jedayang.wordpress.com)
- [In the news] MIGRANTE CLAIMS 2 ‘mysterious’ deaths of OFWs reported monthly – INQUIRER.net (hronlineph.wordpress.com)
- ‘Balikbayans’ told: Go beyond song and dance (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)