According to Fr. Edwin Corros, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, more than 60% of the OFW families remain poor despite the higher income abroad. Why does that happen? KAMI explains the reason for this.
Linda Wirth of International Labor Organization (ILO) observes that OFWs and their families tend to spend huge amounts of money for illnesses, accidents and the after effects of a natural disasters. It is sad to think the money they’ve put on their investments like a house can be gone in just one swoop of a super typhoon.
Let’s recall how disastrous Super Typhoon Yolanda was. A lot of crops, animals and humans died. Everything was washed out! Imagine the mud, the flood and the sorrow on the survivors’ faces. At the time, the government was still under Noynoy Aquino. It took Mar Roxas, interior secretary and vice chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, several days to get there! Imagine people starving to death with no clean water and food to eat.
In that incident, a regular man notices this old guy, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Right after the disaster, he took all the resources he could bring to offer help for the Yolanda victims. This wasn’t shown on television and so are his many acts of true service.
In the last election, Duterte supporters were overjoyed to hear Mayor Duterte hailed as president. It seems that the president is working on something to strengthen the value of dollar. Thus, making OFWs earn a bit more than before.
Let’s just hope OFWs spend wisely and save a lot of their earnings for them to get away from the bitter hands of poverty.