In this post, you will learn the reasons why Filipinos choose to become overseas Filipino workers or OFWs.
In general, we Filipinos are family-oriented and we have close family ties. It can even be said, that we have the biggest families in the world – as we tend to form relations and keep them close to our hearts as a matter of principle. However, it also comes with the realization that a big family – whether it is the organic family or the extended family – needs to be nourished, needs to be kept going – and sometimes, it entails a long time away from them because we are going to look for greener pastures.
And nowadays, we have to be practical because the rising cost of living drains a huge toll on the finances of even the ones with the stable jobs in the country. And so, a lot of Filipinos choose to sacrifice family time to ensure the stability of the family in the future – by going abroad and toiling as modern day heroes – as Overseas Filipino Workers.
Reasons Why Filipinos Choose to Become Overseas Filipino Workers
If you have been wondering what are the reasons why Filipinos tend to work as OFWs, then wonder no more as we seek to enlighten you with these reasons, culled from OFWs themselves:
Better salaries and benefits.
One of the primary reasons why Filipinos risk going abroad is the higher level of salaries and benefits which they would be getting for their sweat equity. It is the sad reality that the income level in the country pales in comparison with those of other locations. We lag behind in this level because of the severe economic implications and the difficulties of having such a high salary level in our land. So, Pinoys who wish to have a better life seek opportunities elsewhere justifying that they would have to earn much more abroad than toil for lesser money in the country. Come to think of it, it does make perfect sense.
Unstable economic conditions.
There is certainly no job security that can be had because of the unstable economic conditions. Varying economic policies have sometimes caused this – creating economic lags that make it difficult for industries to thrive and for jobs to be continuously created for the masses. While the economy may be said to be thriving, the effects have yet to trickle to the common man which forces a lot of Pinoys to look for better jobs – however menial it may be – abroad.
Familial pressure and peer influence.
Let’s face it – some OFWS get pressured into the situation because they see that their friends and their neighbors are getting somewhere in life because they went to take jobs abroad. It does take some pressure because you want to improve your lifestyle even just a little bit – and so you look for that perfect job away from your family.
Better career advancement opportunities.
It is a sad truth that we all have to face, there is still so much discrimination in the workplace that some people who are qualified get stepped on due to connections – and it does make for difficult career advancement opportunities. So, for some OFWs who have become disenchanted with such practice, they look for better opportunities abroad because they want to prove their worth – and in fact, a lot of them do when they leave our shores.
Whether we admit it or not, there still is discrimination in the workplace. Some people who are qualified get sidetracked because someone with a pleasing personality fits better in the position even though she is sub-qualified. Some industries tend to look at the academic background and the other consideration rather than the things that should matter. And that discourages some people who cannot find their niche because of such situations.
Opportunity for travel and culture-exchange.
What better way to travel than to get a job broad? After some time, you get to visit such places which you have only previously hear of or seen on books or on television. It is a way to expand your horizons, so to speak. You may have a menial job in the office but you have a lot of good memories to share and a higher salary to boot!
It’s always been their dream.
Well, we cannot fault some OFWs for pursuing their dreams, right? Some OFWs really do not want to stay and work in the country in the first place as they have been dreaming of working internationally since their childhood. And who’s to say its wrong?
The government supports OFWs.
Because the government knows that they have to create a good service for these people who bring in valuable income for the government through their timely remittances – they get better services as well – a good trade-off for their sacrifices away from the family.
Some licensed professionals do not get to enjoy the fruits of their labor in the industry they worked so hard to earn a degree in – so it is a good thing to find jobs abroad which would better suit them and their dreams. Better to be able to practice what you have learned than to toil in the native country in a job mismatch that does you no justice seems to be the popular justification for this reason.
High unemployment rate.
Which is, all things considered, essentially true. There is a high unemployment rate in the country and it is commendable that they do not want to be included in the ranks of the unemployed so they rather would find some better opportunities abroad.
There are certainly so many more reasons why Filipinos choose to go abroad to follow their dreams. While it certainly is not an easy task to be an OFW, some people realize it is the only way to become a better person – both financially and otherwise. So they would rather suffer the time away from family physically than to see their fortunes suffer because of it.