The Philippines has a very long history of people leaving the country to work overseas to provide their families with a better life. This is the story of a nurse, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Canada who shared a sad story about her ungrateful family in the Philippines.
Working abroad isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. In most cases, OFWs leave their family members behind for extended periods of time.
Parents are forced to leave their young children in the care of family members, often being absent during their children’s formative years.
OFWs themselves are faced with challenges of their own. Getting used to a new country, its peoples and its culture can sometimes be too much for some. In some countries, OFWs often suffer from mental health issues and abuse from their foreign employers.
OFWs take a gamble every time they leave the Philippines to work abroad. Inspired by success stories they read about on social media, they all dream of a better life for themselves and their families.
There are other, not-as-successful stories on social media as well.
Take for instance the story of this OFW in Canada, who is working as a nurse in Canada.
Foreign workers from all over the world come to Canada primarily under the Government of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TWFP). The TWFP has many subcategories, including the extremely popular Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP).
The LCP has been closed to new applications since 2014, having been replaced by the current Caregiver Program, which has more strict requirements for both Canadian employers and OFWs.
It’s difficult to find accurate, up-to-date numbers on just how many foreign workers there are in Canada, but in 2013, there were 338,000. Some estimates have it at three times that number, with an unknown number of illegal or overstaying workers (also known as tago-ng-tago (TNT)).
The OFW took to Facebook to share how she felt that her family didn’t seem to appreciate all the sacrifices she was making on their behalf in Canada.
Members of the OFW’s family, used to receiving a regular remittance from her, got angry when she refused to send them money to purchase a new vehicle.
After refusing their request for money to buy the vehicle, the OFW’s family members called her selfish.
It’s very common for OFWs to have strained relations with their family members. The physical distance is a big factor in the breakdown of communication, with family members becoming dependent on the money being sent home by the OFW.
The OFW, busy working overseas, doesn’t effectively communicate the reality of working in a foreign country. While OFWs may make a great deal more money working abroad, they also have living expenses to deal with.
OFWs have to pay for everyday expenses as well, including board and lodging, transportation, clothing, food and entertainment.
While the OFW seems to have already been in Canada for a considerable amount of time, she was still regularly sending money to her extended family in the Philippines, including her brother who made the request for money to buy a car.
The post, originally shared on the Peso Sense Facebook page has been shared thousands of times, with many OFWs being able to relate to the same situation.
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