1.) 26 Feb 2011
Working Abroad: the Joys and Challenges
Five parents share the advantages and disadvantages that comes with making the difficult decision of earning a living for the family by working abroad. By Jazer Basan
Overseas employment has drastically changed the set-up of the Filipino family and the entire society over the decades. The pros and the cons are in a constant see-saw as to which outweighs the other. While a higher salary and better benefits are enticing, there are security issues and uncertainties in working abroad. Take, for example, the current situation where Filipinos from Egypt and other countries where civil unrest is rampant had to seek safety by flying back home immediately. Still, most families are left with no choice but to endure the absence of a parent and the issues that come with it. In this article, five women discuss how it is to be the wife of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), and the joys and challenges that their families face. ( http://www.smartparenting.com.ph/mom-dad/ofw-resources/working-abroad-the-joys-and-challenges)
2.) 28 Sep 2011
There’s no Place like Home: How OFWs Stay Connected with the Families they Left Behind Keep close ties with your family despite the distance, and introduce your child to his roots. By Samantha Catabas Manuel
These days, however, due to the rise of Filipino workers leaving the country to pursue better opportunities and greener pastures abroad, family togetherness is being compromised. How ironic that the reason most migrant workers are forced to leave home is precisely because they love their families that they would bear the long distance and sacrifice not being with them just so they could save up for their future. Though some are lucky to be able to bring their extended families with them, this is not a common scenario. Thus, we see less and less “complete” family get-togethers. Opportunities to gather together for Christmas, New Year, birthdays, baptisms or...