- Rose Flores shared her experiences as an OFW
- Rose admitted asking herself if being away from her family is worth it
- The mom-of-two revealed she is still away from her family due to poverty in the Philippines
In recent years, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) have been given the recognition as modern-day heroes. This is due to their contributions to the Philippine economy.
For a 51-year-old mother like Rose Flores, however, she made the biggest sacrifice to leave her family in the Philippines to seek better opportunities abroad. But being an OFW is never an easy task.
In Rose’s personal letter to KAMI, the mother-of-two shared how she managed to leave her family in the Philippines to work abroad. That way, she could provide for their needs.
At the time, her late husband was a tricycle driver and their income was not enough for their daily needs. So, Rose decided to seek better opportunities in foreign lands.
Rose admitted that she only has simply dreams for her children and that is their education. She wanted them to graduate in college and have stable jobs.
During her 6 years in Hong Kong, Rose was able to renovate their house. But her children have to be taken care by different nannies because her husband was also working as a tricycle driver.
Sadly, Rose faced the greatest challenge of her life — losing her husband due to stroke. It was also the time that she realized how hard it was for her children to grow without a parent at home.
Without her husband, her children were left alone to fend for themselves. They did not even have a father or a mother to guide them, making it hard for Rose to leave them.
Due to poverty, Rose was left with no choice but to leave her children and work abroad again. Fortunately, her eldest child was able to graduate in college with a course of Computer Science.
For her youngest child, however, it was a different story. Because of losing her husband, her youngest daughter’s attitude changed — she was spending more time with friends and eventually got pregnant before she can even graduate.
Despite her daughter’s shortcomings, Rose was an epitome of a supportive mother as she forgave and accepted her daughter’s mistakes. Thankfully, she was able to pursue her studies and graduated with a course of HRM.
Even though her children are all professionals now, Rose is still working overseas. In fact, she is currently in Saudi Arabia for almost 12 years now.
According to Rose, poverty and the uncertainty of living in the Philippines are what pushed her to leave her children again and continue to be an OFW.
She still endures the hardships, the sadness and longing to be away from her loved ones because of poverty.
“Dahil sa hirap ng buhay dyan sa Pilipinas andito pa rin ako,” Rose wrote in her letter.
“Walang kasiguruhan kung hanggang kailan pa ako dito,” she added. “Nagtitiis pa rin na malayo sa pamilya… kinakaya ang lungkot at pangungulila sa mga mahal ko sa buhay…”
Speaking of OFW, KAMI would like to share the inspiring story of an OFW who turned into a successful restaurateur. Watch the video below and check out KAMI’s official YouTube channel.