The psychic and economic spin offs generated by the estimated the 8.4 million OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and migrant all over the world have enormously affected the
Philippines and its people. Extrapolating the spin offs by multiplying the 8.4 million by 6, the average number of persons directly influenced and benefited, it would be in the tune of 50 million. More than half of the Philippine’s entire population of 89,468,677 (July 2006 EST.).
From the world oil crunch of the 70’s to the Asian economic contagion of the 90’s, to the global economic slowdown of 2000’s OFW’s remittance continues to bail out the
Philippines from serious economic woes. The remittances made up about 9.2 percent of the country’s gross national product. No wonder, all the Philippine’s Presidents starting from Marcos, sucked up to them giving them arrival fanfares at the airport during Christmas holidays and dubbed them as the “modern day heroes”.
At the outset, no one can argue that the OFW’s are “modern day heroes”. But … are they really? Couldn’t be they the “modern day disparager”?
The OFWs, as they morphed into a viably secured individual allowed their global perspective rose to new heights. It dawned on them how their host country’s system of governance seems adequate for the needs of its people and at the same time realized the Philippine governance, wanting. They lamented the great disparity.
The lure of money and materialism replaced OFWs sense of nationalism and patriotism.
The OFWs ascension from being poor, to being “can afford” increased their self worth. Just as the tide of their confidence swells, so is the boat of their ego floats, and as they feel euphoric surmounting the difficulties, crawled in the arrogance of one-upmanship.
The OFWs newfound status made them smug and great disparager of the country’s ills. Their anathema for their own government and politician’s malfeasance become the sources of disparages. Disparages that can flow back to an estimated 50 million people. This reinforces the bad perception the country already had.
The psychic spin offs of this disparages, debilitates the nation to move on. Disparages breed disrespect, and collective disrespect pulls the nation to stagnancy.
The other side of the coin is, OFWs can be a potent political force. Their sphere of influence is substantial. They only need a reverse perspective. That instead of a disparager, they can be an instigator of good governance. Or an initiator for picking the right people during election. Or disseminator of issues that lead to informed choices.