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Agree?We Filipinos Ranked 5th Among Happiest People?

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Despite the problems that every Filipinos are facing in their everyday lives, regardless of where they are, the Filipinos have made it to the list of people experiencing positive emotions on a daily basis.


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A research made by Gallup.com last year indexed the percentage of happy people around the world, taking into consideration criteria like how often they laugh or smile, experience enjoyment, treated with respect and feel well-rested.


Most people who scored high in the survey was from the Latin American countries, comprising most of the top 10 spots. The Filipinos, surprisingly, made it to the 5th rank. However, the lowest positive emotions were from people living in the Middle East and North African regions.


Filipinos in the 5th rank? Well, this may be good news since this is a positive review and we ranked well. But, do we really feel that positive emotion? Are we really happy despite everything?


Everyday, in the news, we’ll hear about a government official exposed for his corrupt deed, a crime victim, fare hike, basic utility bills hike, transportation malfunction, and more.


Such negative news that you would watch on tv program, hear on the radio car, and read on newspaper or the web. Now I wonder, how the Filipinos made it to the 5th spot?


When you ask a Filipino about how well can he or she compare his or her present status, you’ll surely receive complains that its not any better or it had gotten worse than before. But still, they’ll add it can do, they can still survive.


Yes, we Filipinos are resilient. How many typhoons had destructed not only our homes, but our lives and yet we continue to fight and survive?  We Filipinos managed to shrug it off and smile, knowing that we can go on with our lives.


Because our strong faith is our asset. We always surrender everything to God, knowing that He will not neglect us. He will never forget us and will make a way to help us survive and be strong again to stand and continue our life.


Again, do you agree that the Filipinos were among the happiest people in the world? Yes, I do. Just like the campaign slogan, it’s more fun in the Philippines. It’s more fun for Filipinos.


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Filipinos Are Up to Something

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Why are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) where they are today?

Let’s get the facts straight.


There’s a global skill shortage.

Technology and globalization have caused tremendous shifts in the worldwide labor market in the last three decades.


In developing economies like China, Brazil, and the Philippines, millions of non-farm jobs were created, moving people from rural areas to cities for better-paying jobs. On the other hand, advanced economies like the US and Singapore revved up growth and productivity by investing in technology and low-cost labor, while creating high-wage jobs for high-skill workers.


The result was a massive skill shortage in the very occupations critical to fast growth: high-skill jobs, particularly in finance and business services, retail trade and hospitality, construction and public services; domestic care to support the rise in dual-income households; and health care to support greying populations.


To address the shortage, advanced economies are doing three things: growing tertiary education attainment and raising the share of graduates for the specific fields facing shortages, re-training middle-career workers to upgrade skills, and welcoming more high-skill workers from other countries to immigrate.


With fast-growing populations and increasing access to global markets, developing economies like China, Brazil, and the Philippines became leading contributors of immigrant workers in these advanced economies.


Filipinos have got what it takes to cut it.

  • Among developing economies contributing to the global labor market, the Philippine workforce has the biggest percentage of tertiary school graduates.


  • A key solution to the global skill shortage— improving education and upgrading skills is something that the Philippines has been cleverly cracking in the last decade. Young people choose specialisations like business, IT, hospitality, retail, and healthcare with the global job market in mind. Skill upgrade through second degrees, certifications, and occupation trainings have become very common in the Philippine education and employment scene.


  • Because of the country’s history, the Filipino culture and skill set has the gems of both the East and the West, making them highly valuable in the global job market for their Asian strengths and high level of adaptability to the Western world.


  • Not at all unknown to many, Filipinos’ English proficiency is high. “The island attained a score above 7, putting them within a range of a high proficiency that indicates an ability to lead business discussions and perform complex tasks.” -Forbes Magazine


  • With vast waters dividing the islands of the Philippine archipelago, the first move out of home and into a city often entails much psycho-emotional investment. Past that first big move though, journeying a little farther to other countries becomes a breeze.


  • Filipinos are such a happy bunch of people who can be happy, driven, and competent in any city, any country, any culture.


  • The Philippine social system can support the temporary absence of overseas workers. Community lives are so closely intertwined and the Filipino heart is so big that no child is ever parentless. With every parent who flies out of the country comes a network of foster parents (aunts, teachers, neighbors, friends) very much willing and able to care for someone else’s children like their own.

Filipinos are up to something. And yes, it’s something big.


The bigger worldview that Overseas Filipino Workers acquire and share with their families back home is raising a generation of Filipinos who are not at all daunted by financial, geographical, or cultural barriers to putting their skills and strengths out there and building a better life out of it.


As a developing economy, the Philippine Peso is naturally cheaper than the currencies of advanced economies. Thus, money earned by Overseas Filipino Workers, when sent or brought back home, doubles or triples in worth. This huge inflow of money is sending millions of Filipino children all the way to tertiary level and even post-graduate studies, and is used as capitalisation for new business enterprises— the perfect recipe to break the cycle of poverty.


So the next time someone asks why so many Filipinos are working abroad, the answer is simple. 1) Advanced economies have a shortage of skills and Filipinos have what it takes to fill it. 2) Filipinos are choosing to take an inconvenient big leap, rather than easy strides, to progress.


“The Philippines is set to leapfrog 27 places to become the 16th largest economy in the world by 2050.” -HSBC Global Research


Overseas Filipino Workers— call it one sacrificial generation.  Soon, Filipinos will never have to leave.
By: Ethel Sanchez

Data Sources:
The World at Work: Jobs, Pay, and Skills for 3.5 Billion People, McKinsey Global Institute, 2012
Countries with the Best Business English, Forbes Magazine, 2012
The World in 2050, HSBC Global Research, 2012


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POEA Mobile App Laban sa Illegal Recruiters

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POEA Mobile App may be found at Google Play Store and IOS.  This may be downloaded for free.

POEA Mobile App may be found at Google Play Store and IOS. This may be downloaded for free.


Make some noise! Ang smartphone application para sa mga Pinoy upang makaiwas sa illegal recruiters ay narito na!

Ilang linggo na rin ang lumipas nang i-launch ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration o POEA ang kanilang mobile application na sadyang malaki ang tulong upang mailayo ang mga Pilipino mula sa mapanamantalang illegal recruiters.

Hindi maikakailang maraming Pilipino ang handang kumagat sa pagkakataong makapagtrabaho sa ibayong-dagat sa paniniwalang andun ang lalagot sa kabanat ng kahirapan ng buhay.

Mabuti na lang naisipang sumabay ng POEA sa alon ng makabagong teknolohiya. Sa tinagal-tagal ng panahon ng paggamit natin ng cellphone, ito at may makabuluhang application na. Madadagdagan na ang silbi ng cellphone natin bukod sa maghapunang pagso-social media at pagtitext.

Sa pamamagitan ng POEA mobile app, maari nating i-check ang kasalukuyang status ng lisensya ng recruitment agency sa mismong sandaling kausap natin sila. Gayundin, kung may job order ba o wala ang trabahong iniaalok nila sa atin.

At kung mapadpad man tayo sa mall o saan mang establishment na may free wifi, mas mainam pang basahin natin ang mga articles sa mobile app para malaman natin kung paano makakaiwas, kung ano ang modus operandi ng mga illegal recruiters at kung paano at saang POEA office tayo maaring dumulog.

Sa panahon ngayon, madali nang maging matalino. Impormasyon na ang lumalapit, naghihintay na lang na pansinin natin.

At oo nga pala, may isa pang silbi ang POEA Mobile App. I-click mo lang ang logo ng developer nito, ang WorkAbroad.ph at maari ka nang mag-hanap at mag-apply ng trabaho sa bansang gusto mo.

Whew! Ka-simple lang, hane? Libre pa! Kung Android phone ang gamit mo, i-download mo ang mobile app sa Google Play Store at sa IOS naman kung iPhone ang iyong gamit. Syempre pwede din ito sa tablets at iPads.

– by Ikai

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Kapwa mo na, niloloko ka pa!

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Ang pagiging OFW ay hindi madaling bagay. Alam niyo ba kung bakit? Kasi sa application pa lang inaagrabyado na tayo. Naranasan ko din naman mag-apply sa mga trabaho sa Pinas, pero mas malala ang proseso ng pag-a-apply kapag sa abroad mo gusto magtrabaho. Biruin mo kapwa Pinoy mo na ginugulangan ka pa?

Andami ko nang agency na napuntahan, may mga matino naman. Talagang may trabaho na naghihintay para sa iyo. Sadyang may iba lang talaga na mas makapal pa sa balat ng buwaya ang kapal ng balat dahil magulang kung maningil! Naniningil ng placement fee na sobra sa dapat na placement fee talaga. Hingan ba naman ako ng P125,000 para sa trabahong pipefitter?! Buti na lang nagtanong tanong ako, tsaka nagresearch din sa internet. Ayun, nalaman ko na dapat one-month salary lang ang katumbas ng placement fee. Naranasan ko pang ma-hold yung passport ko nung nagtry ako magback-out. Ibang agency naman. Alam kasi nitong mga agency na ito na kikita sila sa akin kaya bakit sila papayag na i-pull out ko mga papel ko?

Mga Pinoy naman ang empleyado sa agency pero pineperahan ka din, tama ba naman yun?

Kaya mga kapwa ko nagbabalak mag-OFW, maging mautak kayo. Huwag oo lang ng oo sa sasabihin ng agency. Bago sumuong sa paghahanap ng trabaho sa ibang bansa, alamin ang mga bagay na may kinalaman sa paghahanap ng trabaho overseas, saan ba pwede mag-apply? ano ang mga agency? Bakit siningil ako ng agency ng ganito, ganyan. Marunong ka mag-internet? Masasagot lahat yan kung gagamitin mo internet ng maayos. Huwag lang puro facebook, hindi lang jan makakakuha ng sagot.

Huwag rin natin isawalang-bahala ang mga announcement ng gobyerno. Medyo may pagkabulok ang gobyerno ng Pinas pero kahit paano naman maniwala pa din tayo na may tama silang ginagawa para sa atin. POEA yan talagang para sa mga OFW yan. OWWA kapag nagka-luko-loko ka naman sa ibang bansa. NLRC at POEA kapag may reklamo ka sa agency o employer mo. Dapat alam mo yan kabayan. Sa panahon kasi ngayon hindi na pwedeng tatanga-tanga, or else sa huli ikaw din ang mabibiktima.

Contributed by EP

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Ako at ang Saudi

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OFW ako. Engineer. Sampung taon na. Dalawang taon sa Qatar, walong taon sa Saudi. Hanggang ngayon nandito pa din ako. Ilang sandstorm na ang lumipas, ilang Ramadan na ang nagdaan. Pero okay naman. Eto, nakaka-survive. Malayo sa pamilya. Pero ika nga ng Maynilad, kaunting pasensya lang, dadaloy din ang ginhawa.

Nung unang salta ko dito sa Saudi, aaminin ko, oo na-culture shock ako. Yung pakiramdam na napunta ka sa ibang dimensyon ng mundo. Ano ba naman malay ko, eh sa mapa ko lang nakikita ang Saudi noon; malay ko ba namang makakaapak ako ngayon. Sabi nila madami daw camels dito. Yun ang unang inabangan ko dito, eh kala ko ba disyerto to? Eh dinaig pa yata ang Makati sa gaganda ng mga building! Sabi nila matutusta ka daw sa Saudi, kasi nga disyerto, walang puno, waiting shed; puro kaktus at mumunting tubigan lang. Pero iba ang nakita ko. Isang bansang may asenso.

Unang salta ko sa Saudi. Maalam naman ako sa Ingles, kampante ako dun. Naka-dalawang taon na ako sa Qatar, so sisiw na lang ang Inglisan dito sa Saudi. Pero na-nosebleed ako sa lenggwahe ng Arabo, grabe mapapalaban ako. Pero dahil flexible ang dila ng mga Pinoy, naka-adapt naman. Sa pagsulat ng Arabic napapraktis na din.

Sabi nila yayaman ka daw sa Saudi. Naalala ko nung bata ako kapag ang tao may suot na makakapal na gintong alahas, ang laging dialogue “iba talaga pag nakapag-Saudi”. Grabe pala ginto dito! Gasolina? Walang problema, sagana sila dito. Yun nga lang kung anong mura ng ginto at petrolyo, yun namang mahal ng tubig. Di katulad sa Pinas, hanap ka lang ng poso, wantusawa na.

Taon-taon nagtyatyaga ako. Okay naman ako sa sahod, worth it dahil hindi kulang para may matira sa akin at may maipadala. Strikto sila dito sa Saudi, kaya ang mga luho naiiwasan. May naiwan akong asawa at anak sa Pinas, pero dahil ang mga babae dito sa Saudi ay kadalasang balot na balot, malayo ako sa temptasyon. I love you Ma!

Makikita sa balita na laging negatibo ang balita tungkol sa Saudi. Pero kung tutuusin, para sa akin, pakiramdam ko mas ligtas pa ako dito kesa dyan sa Pinas. Bihira ang krimen dito, lintik naman kasi ang parusa! Yun nga lang, meron talagang mga pang-aabuso. Lalo sa mga domestic worker. Mababa kasi ang tingin sa kanila eh. Ang hirap sa loob lalo kapag kababayan mo yung nababalitaan mong nagawan ng abuso. Yung iba naman, malakas talaga loob. Pati kagaguhan dinala dito, hindi natakot sa parusang pugot-ulo o death penalty. Kaya ikaw na nagbabasa nito, kung balak mo sa Saudi, sumunod ka lang sa batas, wag gagawa ng katarantaduhan. Kung lalabas ka, dalin mo ang iqama mo, basic lang yan pero ambigat ng parusa kapag hindi mo nagawa.

8 years and counting. Gaano pa kaya ako katagal dito? 2 more years para sarado isang dekada? O mag-stay sa lupa ng mga Arabo hanggang sa kaya?

Contributed post by JT

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