Philippines- Nation of Servants
On a column published in HK magazine online dated March 27, 2009, a Hong Kong journalist by the name of Chip Tsao showed his protest after President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo signed the controversial baselines bill into law which asserted the Philippines claimed over Spratly Islands. In his article entitled “The War at Home, Tsao said, “As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter”. Though the cause of the article is mainly because of Tsao’s objection over Philippines claim of Spratly Islands, still calling the Philippines as a “nation of servants” in his article cause a nation being humiliated and had elicited ill-disposed reactions from people especially Filipinos globally. But his article is really something to be ponder- Is Philippines really a “nation of servants?” According to POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration), a total of 165,737 Filipinos left for work abroad in January 2009 as compared to 132,285 in January 2008 that shows an increase of 25.3 percent. Also POEA’s deployment target is one million that accounts to 16.6% and is already been achieved. It added that about 5,346 Filipinos are being sent to work abroad daily. Also according to the results of the LFS (Labor Force Survey), an estimated total of 2.9 million persons are unemployed as of July 2009 and is 6.3% higher compared to last year results of the same period survey which has an estimated total of only 2.7 million persons. About 2.9 million persons- that’s a big number of unemployed individuals. No wonder that as years went by, many and many Filipinos went abroad to search for job opportunities because they couldn’t find any here in the Philippines and many went overseas to become domestic helpers even those with College degrees because of the scarcity of employment opportunities. That’s why we couldn’t blame Filipinos if many went abroad and express their desires to...
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