Basic dream of every Filipino citizens is to work abroad
By working overseas as believed by most of the Filipinos is the solution of financial problems in our country. Filipinos are willing to risk on working abroad because of its promising compensation package, fair contract and ideal opportunities for migration and other overseas opportunities for the family.
While it is true that OFW’s earned greater income and received more benefits from working overseas it is however undeniably that not all OFW’s are enjoying the fruits of their labor, instead many are still returning home with tears in their eyes and some even swears not to work back there again.
The following are some reasons why Filipinos risk from working Overseas:
• Promising Compensation to buy house and lot in the Philippines.
• To earn much for the purpose of capital for business in the Philippines.
• Offered benefits such as free Board and Lodging, Free entertainment like The Filipino Channel (TFC) to entertain during break time. Free Foods, Free insurance, hospitalization Or Tax free salary
• Other Benefits such as opportunities to petition family members, migration, green card or residence and many others.
This article will guide you from your thought of opting on working Overseas and risking your family just to reach your dreams of having financial freedom.
At the end of this Article, it is assured that the reader will be able to know the consequences of becoming an Overseas Filipino Workers and for the reader to weigh better whether an option to go abroad is the right decision for you.
Below are the 10 consequences of becoming an Overseas Filipino Workers. These are basically the common reasons why our co-Filipinos who work overseas had returned home even before the end of their contract and common reasons why Filipinos decided to stay poor in our country than to die in the other country and be slaved by foreign employers. These are the following:
1. Become Victims of Illegal Recruitment.
Despite the awareness program initiated by our Government especially the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) of the rampant scams, illegal recruitment, modus and anomalies of some of the recruiters and agencies here in our country and abroad, still there are plenty are victimized and allowed to become a victim to risk the dream employment.
These happening can be prevented by following the correct procedure required by our government before deployment abroad and while seeking approval of visa, to protect the Filipinos from cruel employer or unfavorable terms and conditions of employment abroad in short, by following the right procedure full protection from the government can be achieved.
Filipinos should be very vigilant nowadays from the threat of expanding numbers of illegal recruiters who are busy looking for Filipino risk-takers to become their victims. The effect of having an illegal visa, trusting a non-existing agency and not registered to POEA are high probabilities of abuse and no protection received from the government as compared to those legit employment registered at POEA
Lack of proper information and awareness are common factors of illegal recruitment. Thus to prevent these incident from happening, any interested filipinos must first check at Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) whether the Agency you will entrust is registered therein, and determine their employee feedbacks as your basis before any consideration are paid.
2. High rate of placement fees.
Placement fee is one of the considerations demanded by the Agencies, Nevertheless, even the government had set forth schedule of placement fees and charges for overseas employment which should not exceed to one month salary from the expected employment contract, there are still agencies that collected exorbitant amount of placement fees and hidden charges from the OFW’s. Such amount is so big that OFW’s could hardly pay it within the contract. The OFW’s are mostly deceived by some Agencies because of an honest believe that no deductions can be taken from the salary except those agreed upon as payment of Placement fee, but in truth the deduction became different from that agreed upon. Some Agencies encourage installment fees.
If this will occur, be vigilant. If you think it is not favorable to you then you are not compelled to accept such agreement. Look for other legitimate Recruitment Agencies with reasonable Placement fees with high probability of deployment.
3. Tendency of Employer abuse
Even the correct procedure before the employment was followed, Employer’s Abuse is still unpredictable and cannot be ascertain ahead by anyone even by the Agency or government, so if this will occur it is necessary that you know where is the Philippine Embassy located, for an easy access for asking for help.
There are many forms of abuses, it could be physical, emotional, verbal, or psychological it could also be through racial discrimination, discrimination against religion, gender inequality and slavery.
This cannot be predicted, but if it happened do not hesitate to call for help in the Philippine Embassy near you.
4. Prone to have Extra-marital relationships and broken families
The inability to cope with homesickness and loneliness away from family is one of the common reasons why either spouse will be tempted to engage into an extra-marital affair with another person not his or her spouse. Some are resorting to this activity to get additional income apart from their ordinary salary overseas such as marriage for convenience or worst prostitution, but the common result from this immorality is broken family and cold relationship to children.
This can be prevented if both will maintain the communication, have a consistent time and attention with the spouse and children also by having a meaningful conversation with your family.
5. Imprisonment for an offense not committed.
No matter how we do our job well, there is still ingratitude employer who will indict you from a wrong you have not committed. But because Filipinos are only foreigners to the place they are working, most of the evidences to prove for their innocence is difficult to acquire witnesses are even hard to find. In effect, it resulted to numbers of OFW’s maliciously prosecuted.
There are families who are begging for their loved ones to be assisted by the government for a possible settlement and for their release and eventual return to the country. However, still there are those OFW’s aside from imprisonment are sentenced to death penalty.
To prevent this from happening, when noticing untoward incident in your workplace, better stay away immediately, report to the embassy or even quit the job and report the same to the embassy for its proper action and to help you facilitate the legal exit in the country. Stay distance from a doubtful people, stay away also from personal belonging s so that robbery or thievery will not be falsely charged against you and Stay away from dubious groups and avoid engaging in questionable transactions while you are abroad.
6. Failure of Family Business
Entrusting our hard earned money to grow through investment or business to our family and relatives is not a mistake, it is somehow a good idea. But not all OFW’s are having a successful business in the Philippines run by a family members, this is commonly because of their lack of experience, absence of feasibility study and lack of knowledge about the business. Investing is not bad, but it should be intertwined by meeting the basic requirements such as with proper location of business, knowledgeable in the business, feasibility study, enough experience and can be trusted in the finances.
To prevent this from happening, it is also required that the person you entrusted with your money was really trust-worthy.
7. Diminishing value of Philippine Peso
This is true since the Philippine Peso is susceptible of fluctuation of value the same with other currency such as dollar or yen. This cannot be controlled by any civilian people since it cannot be predicted or even anticipated. To prevent from experiencing this situation, OFW’s are encouraged to invest their income from any trade or business or even engage in stocks and other passive incomes that will allow you to receive more than just your monthly expected salary.
8. Getting caught in violent uprisings and natural disasters abroad.
This is another instance wherein an OFW has no hold on this calamity or event to happen. When you are abroad, you cannot be exempted from experiencing the calamities your country of employment is experiencing because you are part of it. However, you can prevent from any loses through investment, savings in our country. Engage more on passive incomes and other business that will give you greater income.
9. Failure to get assistance from consular and embassy officials abroad.
Overseas Filipino Workers should be aware of where the consular and embassy of the Philippines is located in the country of employment for future reference in case there is a problem with your employment. However, because of the distance being so remote from the workplace of the OFW, or due to work load of the Embassy or maybe because they are not notified thereof which in the end resulted to failure of the officials or representative to attend the needs of the OFWs
10. Compelling family problems back home
Due to illness of parents, a child getting hooked on drugs, or a spouse running off with a new partner; these familiar situations are surefire ways to get a Pinoy OFW to come running back home.
These are not all, there are plenty other reasons why OFWs are not satisfied with their employment abroad and opted to return our country. But this will not stop other risk-taker Filipinos from still pursuing employment abroad.