Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Thoughts on Repatriation

First off, let me state that I have relatives and friends who work in other countries, I knew of classmates and schoolmates who are now working as OFWs in different countries all over the world. I have nothing against them and I salute their guts and dedication in working away from their family.

On to my topic, the repatriation of the thousands of OFWs in Libya - as we all know, the country of Libya is under strong political stress because of the people's demand for their president of 40 years to get down from power, it started as a peaceful people power, in a pattern to that of Egypt (but we all knew where people power really hailed from right?), but then, contrary to what the then current president of Egypt did, by the Libyan president's order, the military open fired at anyone who joins and participates in the protests and rallies, provoking its citizens to go on an all out war with its government, thus the problem with the Filipino workers' security came about.

The solution, repatriate everyone, you'd think, it'll be over and done after that, but no, our countrymen just can't take what is given and be thankful. I have nothing against them, I know that they suffered through the whole ordeal but I think, they should give the government, OWWA and DFA, what is due to them. Let's face it, we are not a rich country, so expecting the same actions and in the same span of time from this country what those rice and affluent countries did, is kind of unnecessary and kind of dumb. Can you really compare the Philippines to England and America?

I know it's hard, I know it's scary, but we have to face reality, and as I see it, the government is working their butt off to serve and save everyone, and let's put in mind, that OFWs abound, not just in Libya and they're not the only ones who need help, with limited resources, I think the people in power and positions are doing what they can.

I don't intend on stepping on anyone's toes, I'm just giving my two cents :)


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