Jouelle Marie C. Lozano
OFW FAMILY ISSUES
Filipino workers are moving out of their homeland to work overseas so they could get
higher income and sustain the needs of the family. Despite the branding and labelling battle cry
of our agencies in country to OFWs as the “bagong bayani”, these people are encountering much
bigger problems such as family issues, relationship gap between their children and prolonged
separation that leads to infidelity and other problems regarding their family.
Overseas Filipino Workers have a positive influence to our economy. The remittances
they send to their family strengthens our economy.
But on the other hand, working abroad means being separated to their family and being
separated from their family creates gap. Despite the benefits like higher income,
things and other stuffs, Filipinos must be discouraged from working abroad because of the
negative major effects it could bring to their children. This gap may result to certain and even
numerous misunderstanding within the families.
Moving out of the country to work is dangerous for they will never know their luck.
OFWs may encounter certain circumstances where they can be maltreated. Some
sexual harassment and rape.
These Filipinos are more likely to have problems with their children through their
absence and lack of care and love for them. Being separated from their family for work may also
result to having intact emotional support and commitment but no physical intimacy which is very
important. Through their absence and lack of care and love for them, children might rebel and
have a relationship gap between them.
They can even long for fellowship company and because they are all alone dealing with
different people in different races. The sadness they feel being away from the persons they love
and care the most is the main problem of these Filipinos.
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