RP suffers brain drain as best workers go abroad

[We are reprinting this Agence France-Presse report, along with comments, first posted 14:25:00 08/05/2010 at INQUIRER.net’s GLOBALNATION to highlight an ongoing crisis, in part, to continue the thread on an important point brought up in Ched Arzadon’s open letter in the immediately preceding post.  It’s a difficult issue which former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo compounded with OFW.  We don’t have a monopoly of the problem.  The issue is played all over the globe. In South America, for example, the issue is portrayed in the 1998 movie “Brain Drain” (Synopsis: Living and stealing on the streets of Argentina, Panta and Fideo dream of breaking out and exploring a new life in the United States. With their dreams in sight, the two thieving young lovers need to escape the police force, Argentinean loyalists, as well as the brutal life of the street to make these utopian visions a reality. A film filled with hope, yet rooted in the difficult world of reality, BRAIN DRAIN is an intense emotional experience.) Hopefully, the new President and his think tank will address the issue in a much more dispassionate, down-to-earth, yet respectable manner.–JP]

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is suffering a crippling brain drain with many of its most talented and qualified workers heading overseas for higher-paid jobs and better lifestyles, employers say.

The shock resignations last week of 25 Philippine Airlines pilots, who left for bigger salaries abroad, highlighted a trend that is changing the stereotype of overseas Filipinos being simply maids, sailors and laborers.

Scientists, engineers, doctors, IT specialists, accountants and even teachers are among the English-speaking talent heading to foreign lands, leaving the government and private companies scrambling to find replacements.

“There is a skills haemorrhage. We are losing workers in the highly professional and skilled categories,” Vicente Leogardo, director-general of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, told Agence France-Presse.

The pilots who quit for jobs in the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia would have in some cases nearly tripled their salaries, Airline Pilots Association of the Philippines president Elmer Pena told AFP.

“The salary here is a lot smaller than in other countries. You can’t really compare it,” he said.

Civil engineer Paris Chuchana joined the exodus two years ago when he moved his family to Singapore so he could take a job earning about US$1,600 a month, five times more than the maximum salary he could expect at home.

Like many expatriates, Chuchana enjoys the lifestyle outside his homeland, which suffers from pervasive corruption, poor infrastructure and frequent natural disasters.

“I was just on vacation, visiting my aunt here, but I found I liked it, so I resigned from my job in the Philippines and came over,” Chuchana told AFP by telephone from Singapore, adding he had no intention of returning home soon.

“My first kid is entering high school so I am already preparing for college.”

The nine million Filipinos who work overseas—about one tenth of the nation’s population—in both high and low-skilled sectors undoubtedly play a crucial role in propping up the nation’s spluttering economy.

Last year they sent home $17.3 billion to relatives or for investment, making up more than 10 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to government data.

But Philippine Airlines’ recent woes have highlighted the costs.

The carrier said its hopes for turning a profit this financial year had sky-dived because the pilot walk-out had forced some flights to be cancelled.

Other organizations recently reported similar brain-drain pain.

The government weather station was heavily criticized last month after it failed to predict the full force of Typhoon Basyang (international codename: Conson) that killed dozens of people.

In its appeal for understanding, it said it did not have enough qualified meteorologists because 24 staff had gone abroad for better-paying jobs in recent years.

And just this week, the environment department announced it had lost 83 geologists to overseas work over the past three years, hampering government programs for mapping earthquake threats and mineral resources.

A Department of Labor study in 2008 found that despite a huge domestic workforce, many positions for skilled workers were going unfilled because there were not enough qualified applicants.

Amid this shortfall, 22 percent of the roughly 330,000 Filipinos who went abroad to work last year were technical, managerial or clerical workers, according to official data.

The government has been seeking ways to upgrade salaries and benefits, according to Myrna Asuncion, assistant director of the government’s economic planning department.

“But local salaries can only go up by so much before they start hurting the competitiveness of local industries,” Asuncion told AFP.

“We want to provide employment opportunities in the Philippines but there are some sectors that say salaries are already too high,” she said.

With no solution in sight, business groups hold little hope of keeping the nation’s top talent at home.

“You cannot stop these people from seeking greener pastures,” said Jesus Varela, a committee chairman with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Midwife Chae Reviso returned to the Philippines after eight years working tax and rent-free in Saudi Arabia because she wanted to live again with her husband.

But barely a year later, the 39-year-old is preparing to leave again because her homeland offered her too few opportunities.

“I felt I owed my husband some time but I cannot afford to build a house on my salary in the Philippines,” Reviso said.

50 thoughts on “RP suffers brain drain as best workers go abroad

  1. worf posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:21 PM:

    Dude!!! Get a reality check!!! We went out not by choice but of necessity. There was just no opportunity left for a lot of people. What ever happens, I will choose to make sure I got my family sorted before anyone else. It is not a question of patriotism, it is a question of survival. Patriotism will not feed, educate and clothe my family.

    “Walang mahahalal na politiko sa puwesto kung walang boboto sa kanya na karamihan ”

    Dude, I never partipated in any election when I was there because I know there was no one who will be able to make a difference.

    I live in Australia, yes the taxes are high but I could see where my taxes are going.

    You can say, my attitude is self centric but at least I have the peace of mind that I was able to get a better future for my kids that otherwise would have been less likely if I stayed back home.

  2. chris a. posted this comment 8/5/2010 at 11:15 AM:

    I never intended to leave the Philippines and be separated from my family but my story would be typical for somebody living in other country because of lack of opportunity back home. I finished my medical degree on top of the whole graduating class in a medical school in Manila, placed fifth in the licensure exam and applied for residency training after. You think that after all the expenses in medical school, you will be able to at least survive on your own. After two months 0f 36 hour-call twice a week, no vacation, no sick leave, no holidays, and a meager salary of three thousand pesos a month, I decided to quit and try my luck in th United States.
    I have been in the United States for almost ten years and I will never regret my decision of leaving. Although I started with residency training, I was paid enough that I can afford to live on my own, drive my own car, rent an apartment, and even send extra money to my family back home. Now as a licensed physician, I have my own house, and job security.

    Brain drain will always be there, people will look for better opportunity if they cannnot find security in their own country. Government should step-up and lock those people who are stealing money from the taxpayers.

  3. Pinoy_ako223 posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 01:09 PM:

    This is happening due to uncompetitiveness of Philippines Inc. brought about by incompetent and corrupt Filipino political leaders who happen to put their self interest first before love of country. Time will come when the entire middle class will opt to leave the country and migrate elsewhere leaving only the super rich oligarchs and the extremely poor class D and E. Rich become richer while leaving the poor still poorer. And the government can do nothing about it (deeply entrenched in the system).

  4. Edbugnosen posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:16 PM:

    In a way, better salaries earned outside the country allows parents to have their children attend better schools, hence better qualifications therefore greater chance to land on jobs overseas … the ball keeps on rolling …

    Apart from lower pay, job satisfaction (or rather job dis-satisfaction especially due to corruption and political prtronage in government agencies), I believe is a major issue. I believe the country is also full of people who are eager to serve dear Philippines even on the comparatively low pay if corrupt practices and unwanted political interventionsa are properly addressed.

  5. Arnold posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 10:49 AM:

    High skilled professionals and workers earn more than the president of the Republic. Check the income of Diplomats (they earn maybe 4 times the salary of the President). That’ a fact.. So how do you expect a government servant to be straight if he spends millions to win in the elections while getting way too low salary.

  6. JAS posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 04:45 PM:

    i have been working abroad mainly for financial motivations and give my family a better future… but it is not enough… we have a country to help. Now that we have high hopes and a good leader , i will return and share the experience and knowledge to my people, i hope to work for the government and be directly involved to its healing….

    sometimes leaving is not a matter of choice… coming back that is.

    to all my fellow OFW’s … there is no place like home… pilipinas

  7. Ramon Razon posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 03:54 PM:

    They need to treat teachers like real professionals for crying out loud!!! They want to push more teachers away? They should go ahead and pay them like they have no right to start their own family. Why can’t teachers be respected accordingly? What makes it so hard to offer teachers all the support they need to help their students succeed inside the classroom? Do we even want this kind of student success in the classroom, I mean for our country? Then what is taking people so long to help these teachers?

  8. Arnold posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 03:00 PM:

    Tama yan pre…In other countries you pay high taxes pero your welfare is being taken care of. Sa Brunei nga eh, di ka naman citizen ang mga anak mo if less than 12 years ols eh libre sa medical pati na ang asawa mo libre checkup kapag buntis hanggnag manganak. Saan ka pa? Sa Pinas kung wala kang downpayment sa Hospital pabayaan ka mangisay. It is rotten out there in the Phils. Only the filthy rick gets richer. Palakasan kasi eh.

  9. mankindone posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:49 PM:

    Korek! all of your opinions are right.. however we can’t simply deny the fact that we are all filipinos, I agree also that we can’t see a single hope in our motherland. But, If we continue to have this kind of way of thinking what will happen to our poor country. Instead of helping it to grow. we helped her(our motherland) to sink and our participation are only this comments, complaints and etc. Have you ever been asked yourself what you can do to your country in order to improve it? or just simply we go to the flow of what our society today are doing. If all of us are going out in our country, We simply give an opportunity to the foreigners who want to hold and keep our homeland. Why can’t we helped our country to improve it, instead of leaving it and contribute our skills to the foreign land where in it is open for brutal discrimination and injustices. while if we are in our country we can helped build to have a better future. This things that happen today are also the same thing that happen in the past. “Dahil sa kapabayaan nating mga filipino.” We only want a sweet life with out sacrifice this is a mere fact that our attitudes as a filipino itself ruined our society and our country. If you try to read the history of the wealthy nation, you can see that they also suffered much more than what we’ve got in our country today. Todays wealthy nation are not built long before as a rich nation. They’ve gone also in hardship and frustration especially in their political system. One or more wealthy nation have experience a civil war, famine, and etc., before they got wealthy . While our country are far beyond to that scenario. What happened to our society today is not just a one man to ask. It is a question to all of us as a filipino. “Ano ba ang nagawa ko sa ating bansa bilang isang filipino?” Kung tayong lahat ay ganyan ang kaisipan. One day, what we have planted is also what we’re going to harvest. Think about your kids, your children and your children’s children, Our future generation. Although” nandyan na tayo sa ibang bansa” savouring the good life that you have benefited sa kasaganahang hindi mo naman pinaghirapan nakiki-isa ka lang dahil hindi mo ito nakita sa bansa natin. But still one day in your life you gonna missed our native land our beloved country. “The PHILIPPINES”

    Sana mag isip-isip po tayo na may pag-asa pa ang ating bayan. Even a single light of hope that we can see in a distance. We’re going to grab that opportunity. ( 1% ) One percent of hope out of 100 can toppled down the 99% if we all worked together and stand as nation.

  10. Arnold posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:47 PM:

    70’s pa yang problem na iyan..Kaya nga may kantang “Napakasakit Kuya Eddie” eh. It is getting worse kasi instead of changes for the better, our country becomes worse. Don’t be surprised, mauunahan pa tayo ng Vietnam (who suffered tremendous loss during their war).

  11. Sergio Simbajon posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:40 PM:

    Filipinos going abroad to find a better paying job was already there even before the term “brain drain” surfaced in newspapers, so this is not new, this is a normal Filipino way of life. There are always new brighter guys who will replace the ones who are leaving the country. This not a thing to worry at all. This is even giving apportunity to the same number of people that opted to stay after all happiness is not just earning much money. Boy Simbajon Jr.

  12. worf posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:40 PM:

    lol… A 6 year term is not going to be enough to undo all of the endemic issues we have back home. It took Singapore and Malaysia decades having Lee Kwan Yew and Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to lead and set things straight before they were able to turn things around.

    We need a leader will be able to stop the political in fighting and rule with enough discipline till the job gets done!!!

  13. joeker posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 01:36 AM:

    i’m surprised that this idea is still news. Years ago, around 1999, this problem has been highlighted already and hit mainstream media too.

    just like anything else in the Philippines, today’s news will simply be news. nothing is ever done to have this problem fixed.

  14. Maybelle Go posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 12:22 AM:

    Money is a primary concern for people who work abroad, especially for ones who need to support their family. However, it is not the only reason why a lot of professionals leave. I have left Manila to study and work for six years and I am lucky enough to be able to come home once a year. Every time I come home, I try my best to see if I have any opportunities if I come back, but nothing makes me want to stay. The work culture is vastly inferior if you compare it to industrialized countries. It is not the lack of equipment that deter us from coming back, it is the lack of motivation by a majority of workers in the workplace. This is not acceptable if you want to encourage the people who have worked outside the country to come back.

    The lack of peace and order is also a giant deterrent for me to come back. Although most of the population is not affected by Abu Sayaff and NPA insurgency, all are vulnerable against kidnapping, carjacking, and mugging. Petty crimes if you compare to the atrocities by Abu Sayaff, but traumatizing for the victims involved. My parents advised me to not arrive on a late flight because we might be carjacked along EDSA on the way home. EDSA!!! The lifeline of the metropolis and I cannot even use it at night. My family has lived in the same house in an exclusive subdivision for the past 21 years and the house was broken in while we were away on a 3-day weekend. Since then, I have never felt completely safe in my own home, the house where I lived since I was eight years old.

    Yes, I would love to come home after six years. Every time I leave, it breaks my heart to say goodbye to my home, to my friends and relatives. And it breaks my heart that I have to go to a foreign land and practice my profession, where the fruit of my labor goes to a foreign land, not my homeland who has nurtured my family since they welcomed my grandparents almost 100 years ago. But until the local workforce makes an effort to compete in the global economy; until I can travel safely along EDSA at 12 midnight; until I feel safe at my own house…I cannot come home.

  15. labcu posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 06:12 AM:

    it was a painful decision to leave my job in the Philippines because i invested 15 years of it. i can say i grew up with the Department i worked with in terms of knowledge and experience but sad to say, i did not financially! another reason was because of the culture of the “palakasan” system despite working too hard and having the masters degree in public administration and a Ph. D. in development Management i was left behind when it comes to promotion. A Ph. D having a salary of only P15,000.oo a month? Bypassed in terms of promotion? Not being recognized for a job well done? I miss home but on the otherhand, no regrets with my barely 3 years in my present job here in the US although it is entirely a different field i am happy receiving 10x more. In a span of 1 year i was recognized for my performance as CT of the year 2009. Salary, sense of belongingness and recognition are lacking in the bureacracy i had worked with.

  16. Haeyangrts posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 06:52 PM:

    Brain drain . . . this has been the complaint since the time of Pres. Carlos Garcia. The Philippines should face this fact. It can survice even without those technocrats and brilliant people who become politicians and then deprive the Philippines of its economic growth.

    We need a new Ramon Magsaysay who was not brilliant but had more than enough common sense. He was a true leader and servant of the nation. The Philippines was GREAT at that time.
    n the meantime.

  17. Gaylordfocker posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 04:02 PM:

    You call this news? Nothing really new about this “news”. Fearless forecast…Filipino’s will continue to leave the Philippines for a better life abroad until the end of time. The rich people in this country can very well live like kings here and the poorest of the poor has the government to take care of at least some of their needs whilst the people in the middle are left to fend for themselves. These are the people who opt to use their “get-out-of -this-hell-hole” card.

    MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!

  18. Geovill posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 03:57 PM:

    In the end it all balances out. What is lost in the brain drain phenomenon is gained in the money sent back by OFWs which in turn is spent for the families for their necessities, e.g. housing, education, health care, etc. It’s not a zero sum situation for the country. If this is a factual issue, why is mandatory retirement (sometimes as early as 50) being adopted as conventional practice by the government and private sector? Skilled professionals and managers forced to retire as early as 60 is a waste of human resource. Society should rethink how it views its experienced older citizens in terms of their employability.

  19. Arnold posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:44 PM:

    We won’t go if there are good reasons to stay. I love the Phils. and miss it so much pero, living conditions has not improved. Leaving Phils is just synonimous to living outside the Phils. You get sick of listening to violent news everyday, you get sick of the pollution, you get sick trying to be safe when you go out or even when you are at home. Lawlessness is everywhere. The government should take care of the people by strengthening the power of the law. Tingnan mo nga congressman pa ang nahulihan ng drugs sa HK. Ganyan ba ang gusto mo na mag rule sa bansa? Presidente magiging congresswoman. Only in the Phils yan Girl..Isipin mo kung walang OFW lalong maghihirap ang budget ng Pinas.. Time pa ng mga Espanyol itinuro sa atin na matuto tayong magtiis kasi ayan daw ang gusto ng Diyos. 600 years later tiis pa rin ba? Kaya nga di tayo magaling mag espanyol kasi ayaw nila tayo matuto para di tayo lumaban at all the time makinig na lang sa sermon ng mga prayle. And this has been handed down to generations. Tsaka di kami dapat mahiya kasi kami ang nagpapalamon sa mga buwaya sa gobyerno. Kung wala ang padala namin pati kayong natitira diyan ah kakainin na rin mga buwaya. Ang solusyong diyan eh ayusin muna ang pamamahala.. Kung babalik kami, eh para makita ang mga mahal at kaibigan. I have been in and out of the country pero 17 years ago kung ano ang hitsura ng airport na inalisan ko eh ganun pa rin kapag bumabalik ako. Can you call that progress? I rest my case..

  20. constantine posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:32 PM in reply to MessisGirl222:

    hindi mo alam sinasabi mo. either malaki sweldo mo or mangmang ka lang talaga.

  21. Engineeradeco posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:31 PM in reply to MessisGirl222:

    Maybe you are still young and no family to feed, no kids to send to school or you have a high salary. Don’t judge them because you are not in their situation. There is a lot of young talents who are graduating every year, the solution for that is train a pool of candidates every for every position so that a company is ready anytime an employee opts to go abroad.

  22. MessisGirl222 posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 02:01 PM:

    well i guess we’ll just have to be confident then that our current administration stops this from happening. TULONG-TULONG TAYO! BIGYAN NATIN NG RASON ANG MGA NAGSILAYAS NA IYON NA MALI ANG KANILANG NAGING DESISYON AT IPARAMDAM SA KANILA NA DAPAT SILANG MAHIYA SA KANILANG PAGIWAN SA BANSA NOONG SILA’Y PINAKAKINAILANGAN!

  23. Lonely_Pinoy posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 01:03 PM:

    This is happening due to uncompetitiveness of Philippines Inc. brought about by incompetent and corrupt Filipino political leaders who happen to put their self interest first before love of country. Time will come when the entire middle class will opt to leave the country and migrate elsewhere leaving only the super rich oligarchs and the extremely poor class D and E. Rich become richer while leaving the poor still poorer. And the government can do nothing about it (deeply entrenched in the corrupt system).

  24. Iris_aveno posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:48 AM:

    thats so true and real.. and yet the government down to the lower sector are not really concern on the broader consequence of this.. they are just busy how to get more money and how to elude detection from being corrupt.

    what can you expect from a crab mentality pilipino…

  25. disappointed engineer posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:25 AM:

    Isali na ninyo ako sa bilang ng mga OFW. I am an engineer in a government office. I already spent more than 10 years in service but until now I haven’t felt that somehow my life improved. I am leaving so that I can give better opportunities for my children.

  26. Elmer I. posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 08:24 AM:

    In developed countries like Australia and New Zealand, the trend is now getting “highly-skilled migrants” with the incentive of being able to migrate whole families to settle in good housing facilities and assistance from the government. With this trend the brain drain would not continue but it will intensify. Sadly our government seems to be content on relying on the remittances being sent by our OFWs. And later on when whole families are migrating these, OFWs won’t be obliged to send their money to the Philippines. Another issues is that our government doesn’t also provide incentives to our highly skilled workers to make them stay in the Philippines. And not to forget that a good number also leave the Philippines because of their frustration and disillusionment of our system that is plagued by graft and corruption in all levels of government. When they come to countries where governments are transparent and honesty is observed, then they settle because it provides for a better living environment. Unless, something is done radically, then we will remain a country devoid of its best and brightest talent. And the countries that would have them would continue to benefit while ours would remain languishing at the bottom.

  27. Epgomez posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 06:43 AM:

    Ten years ago I was still in the Philippines I was already a manager back then. I couldn’t afford to buy a car and a house with my salary.

  28. Keith Lorenzo-Riyadh KSA posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 05:06 AM:

    Indeed it really saddening. Like in my case, I left my job before as General Manager for a multi-company because it takes years before you can build a home for your family. It is only when I left for my overseas work that I was able to have my own home costing a million. If I have stayed in the Philippines for so long, probably I would have been squatting still and finding hardship to send my children to good schools. It is no surprise why we are now reaping the consequences when a devastating storm comes. Our citizens were not properly fed with incentives, and the government only pay less which is a starving salary even if you are a highly educated person. School adminsitrators i.e. principals, district supervisors should be receiving promising pay, and former defeated Presidential cnadiate Richard Gordon is right that we need to study the pay scale of teachers and must be made P40,000. with skyrocketing prices in the Philippines how could our people cope up to have a decent and comfortable life if this is the type of situation for so long that we have. One of the major reasons why our country is lagging behind is our attitude as not being nationalistic. We should now start patronizing our own products instead of clamoring for U.S. made, European made, etc. Dishonesty in all sectors of society should be totally eradicated under the new administration and there should be consistency in the implementation of laws. corruption became a cancer in our society.

  29. Boyong posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 03:21 AM”

    Napakaganda ng last line. It is one of the main reasons why I left Pinas for Canada. Sa Pinas, only the rich and influential can borrow money from a bank. Mayaman na nga…nakakautang pa. The only option for hard working class ay yung mga loan sharks at bumbay. Here in Canada, 1 year after arriving, I was able to buy a modest condo for my family. Imagine a year pa lang ako dito pinauutang na ako. Sa Pinas, hindi ka papansinin ng bangko kahit mangisay ka pa. However, don’t worry Pinas, I will come back someday (kapag marami na akong pera) para mag-invest at makatulong din. It will all depend on how Pinas has improved over the years. It might happen before I take my last breath or not.

  30. mark posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 12:55 AM:

    If you really want to show your support, give PAL or the pilots moneeey!!!

    What you won’t? Oh that’s right, you want other people to give their money. How generous of you! Take other taxpayers’ money give it to the pilots and you can sleep better at night thinking you’re some good Samaritan. I mean these who do these other taxpayers think they are! How dare they not give money to PAL pilots! YOU have more right to tell these taxpayers what to do with money they EARNED than they do!

    Or maybe, you can stop flying Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines. But the thing is the public won’t. Are they wrong/evil for doing so?

  31. kabayan posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:57 PM:

    Kapag nag apply ka sa Pilipinas, sobrang daming examinations at interviews ang pagdadaan mo kahit qualified ka. Pag sa overseas jobs, wala ng masyadong exams basta qualified ka at kumpleto sa certificates at ibang papeles. Mas madali ang proseso.

  32. Layphad posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:32 PM:

    Well it’s been that way for the past 40 yrs. When I was growing up in the early 80’s five of my neighbours work in the Middle East, two went to the States. As for me, I’m gonna save and retire to my homeland. No matter where you are, when they look at you, you’re not Canadian enough or American enough, or hardworking enough because enough is never enough. Let’s save for the future my dear kababayans and go back to our corrupt politicians, stinking esteros, congested highways, double-dead pork chops, Hepa one day olds. No matter how hard I try, I will never be anyone but a Filipino. Let’s hope we can make a difference. Hope is a good thing, di va?

  33. Onegam posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:30 PM:

    Its so sad, the cream of the crop leaving. I am so sorry for being one but there is no other alternative and no opportunity at home. I feel sorry for those who are left behind. How can they run the country and function as an effective individual/organization. We only hope that one day, we will be back to help and assist with the development and progress of our native land. For those who opt not to return, they are blameless and good for them, they had all adopted to the foreign lands where they had been. But no worries for those Filipinos who were left behind, we still carry on with our culture, share and eat the very same food, and educate our hosts on who the Filipinos are. One day, I hope to return to the Cordilleras. There is hope and I am not crossing my fingers. I thank my host country for giving me all these opportunities and enjoy a lifestyle far fetch and unimaginable if I had not left the country. With due respect, the Filipino resiliency is quite admirable and to all those who had gone abroad to seek for employment and search for a greener pasture, hats off!! Filipinos are willing to sacrifice a lot for the welfare of their families and to keep the country afloat. Mula sa Estados Unidos, kami po ay nagpupugay at nagpapasalamat sa mga kababayan na nagmamahal ng ating bayan. Mahirap at masarap maging Pilipino, pero Pinoy po tayo at kakayanin natin iyan. “Mabyag din ili tako ay Pilipinas et matago-tago tako amin”.

  34. Pepsy4u posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:26 PM:

    It is high time for the Philippine Government to realize that corruption, graft & nepostism does not bear fuit. The only fruit it will bear is more corruption and more greedy people. Time to change our ways and means. I left the country 37 years ago and did not even consider returning after retirement. I visit our beloved country but too afraid to stay and live there due to a very serious security problem. If these politician will look at “US” who left and now retired on what we can contribute to the Philippines, they will see a “POT” of gold. Example: My retirement with my spouse is about $6000 per month. Assuming there are half a million of us to bring $2000 ONLY, a month, that is about $1B a month to be spent in our country. That is if we convince these retires that our country is safe from politicians, police, armed forces and anybody with guns. That is a “LOT” of money per month, one billion dollars a month. That is in US dollars…THINK about it.

  35. Jmagaso posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 11:01 PM:

    ng mga gising mga kabayan mahal ang bilihin jan sa pinas so abroad n lang mahirap man tiis lang…

  36. Kin posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 10:47 PM:

    ECOP must realize of what they are doing. They want to earn more but thier employee earn less. Thanks ‘coz I found good opportunity abroad 10X of my salary in Philippines.

  37. Raul_eengr posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 09:02 PM:

    We cannot blame the technical people to work abroad the salary is higher than in our country .

    The best thing to do is to make a radical reform in our country LABOR FORCE by

    1. STRENGTHEN LABOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY INCLUDING LABOR LAWS AND PRACTICES

    2. INCREASE THE MINIMUM WAGE

    3. STRENGTH OUR PESO VS DOLLAR

    4. AND ELIMINATE CORRUPTION.

    Hope these pieces of advised would turn our country into a well off country.

    That people would think that going abroad is an option not necessary.

    Being an OFW is a painful thing to do.

    If every government officials would think especially with authorities would think of a formula to fight these exodus of Filipinos working abroad. Think about it 10% our population is OFW.
    We must do something???

  38. rallansc posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 08:59 PM:

    It’s so unfortunate on how we Filipinos have continue to become. Minsan nakakahiya na ipakilala ang sarili bilang isang Pinoy sa ibang lahi. Dito tyo isinilang, lumaki at pinag-aral, nakakuha ng unang work experience – tapos lalayasan natin dahil hindi na gusto ang palakad at mas maganda ang opurtunidad sa ibang bansa at tuluyan nang talikuran. Tapos pag nanalo si Pacquiao sa boxing – sinisigaw at pinagmamalaki natin na tyo ay mga Pilipino.

    Karamihan sa nag-ibang bansa ay nag-reklamo na masyado mataas ang buwis sa Pilipinas. Tapos pupunta sila sa welfare state tulad ng USA, UK, Australia na nagkukulekta din naman ng buwis. Mas ginusto pa nila na paunalarin ang ibang bansa kaysa sa Pilipinas.

    Marami din ang sinisisi ang gobyerno dahil corrupt at hindi tunay na pinaglilingkuran ang lahat ng mamamayan. Walang mahahalal na politiko sa puwesto kung walang boboto sa kanya na karamihan ang bilang – bilin man nya ang boto o mandaya. Ang totoo, binoto natin sya dahil gusto natin sya maging ninong sa kasal/binyag, sponsor tuwing pista, at iba pang pan-sariling dahilan na di ika-uunlad ng lahat ng Pinoy. Tayo ang naghalal at nag-decide na maglagay ng corrupt officials at tayo din ang mapapaso sa huli.

    Nakakalungkot kung paano natin tinalikuran ang Pilipinas para sa ibang bansa dahil mas gusto natin guminhawa doon. Para tuloy lahat nang naiwan na Pinoy ay nasa kumunoy ng apoy at di maganda ang buhay dahil sa patuloy na ipinamamalas ng ibang Pinoy na piniling manatili sa ibang bansa.

  39. worf posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 08:40 PM:

    PAL should just shut up!!! The pilots were within their rights to seek better employment. It is not their fault that they they have been given an opportunity to get a better future for their family. The end game is that companies use their employees to make a profit, loyalty can only get you so far, if the company is in trouble they have no qualms to layoff workers. It just fair to be paid at market value.

    If there is someone to blame, it is the government. The policies of the last 40 years were geared towards exporting manpower. There is no effort to create better opportunities back home.

    PAL is talking about the pilots need to pay back training, PAL is operating a service, it is their duty to make sure that the people that is providing this services are qualified.

    C’mon PAL, you lost the pilots there is no point crying over spilled milk. Be prepared to pay market value if you want to stay in business.

  40. Oscar Lei posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 08:34 PM:

    When I graduated in 1976, I was immediately recruited by Philippine Airline, along with 3 others. That was before they found out I was not a Filipino citizen, even though I have been a legal permanent resident since I was a child. My application was turned down. Now, I am living and working in Canada, where not being a citizen does not disqualify you from getting hired. It’s time Philippine government scrap those narrow-minded and psuedo-nationalistic policies.

  41. Thazz posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 07:21 PM:

    there are people who deserve the good salary, but problem is there are people in the corporate ladder and we cannot ignore them. if we can work on a output base workforce we can change it.
    i dont mind if the salary in other country is 2 times higher. as long as the tax is less and quality of living is good in my home town i will stay, but that is not true today. higher tax, higher cost of living, low income.

  42. kanji posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 06:12 PM:

    This is not a brain drain but reality of life. Think it over, to be educated in our country needs a lot of money. Once you’re finished and start working, you can only feed yourself. How can you help your family, pay back your parents effort and have house of your dream? Nobody wants to be far away from their families but we need to sacrifice to give our family a better live.

  43. Manuel_roy2003maanny posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 04:08 PM:

    Sariling pamilya muna bago ang corrupt na government na walang pakialam sa mamamayan.
    Bakit ako paaalipin sa walang say na government-OFW since 1980 to present.

    Sana ngayon,umasenso na tayo.

  44. Yishun boy posted this comment on 8/5/2010 at 04:04 PM:

    A lot of this is true, unless our government starts taking this issue seriously our country is going down the drain. A lot of us OFW’s want to help our country (and who does not love their country?) The reality is, our politicians are too busy fighting who wants to lead the country when it is still boils down to ‘What’s our tomorrow for our children?’

    Also I would like to point out alot of our Asian neighbors like Vietnam who had an exodus of their people from their country in the 80’s and 90’s are now calling these people back to help their economy and they are getting ahead of us! Magisip isip po tayo kung kailangan natin maging sentimental with being a nationalistic economy in or be a Global thinker.

  45. In a related development, GMANews.TV reported Sunday, August 8:

    RP immigration authorities bar departure of over 400 Filipinos

    In an unprecedented case, more than 400 Filipinos who failed to submit complete travel documents and requirements were barred from leaving the country by the Bureau of Immigration last week, on suspicion they would be trafficked.

    In a phone interview with GMANews.TV on Sunday, BI airport operations division head Arvin Santos said the development stemmed from the “revitalized” Immigration efforts to curb human trafficking, pursuant to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s directive.

    The BI bared the departure of about 284 people at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s three terminals, more than 100 people at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga, and 18 people at the Mactan International Airport in Cebu province.

    “This is brought about by the revitalized anti-trafficking measures of the BI and the IACAT (Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking),” said Santos.

    Last week, the BI announced the major revamp of its officials assigned to airports. Those who were removed were supposedly conniving with human trafficking syndicates. [See: 4 immigration officials relieved over alleged anomalies]

    Justice Undersecretary Jose Salazar, who heads the IACAT, said “the top-to-bottom movements being implemented at the BI were part of the [Department of Justice’s] unwavering and no-nonsense campaign to eradicate human trafficking elements, especially at the country’s main airport.”

    The US State Department has placed the Philippines on its Tier 2 rank of human trafficking cases. The country is in danger of losing some $250-million in aid from the US State Department if it does not improve its prosecution of human trafficking suspects by February 2011. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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