Living and working abroad have been the practice of many Filipinos especially if they would like to achieve financial stability and capability to provide for their families. From “pinoy” movies to music – Filipinos have exemplified that the only way to achieve success is via working and living abroad.
It is rather hard to live in a country where minimum wage is so standard regardless of your educational achievement; especially in the Philippines where a bachelor’s degree holder may only earn a minimum wage rather than a standardized salary. Employees then have no choice to accept it unless they want other applicants steal that career opportunity, regardless even if it pays dirt cheap. However, when your usual Filipino wage earner becomes tired of this system, then you’ll see that their only path to success and career advancement is seeking work abroad.
Who can blame a family man or a mother to go abroad and leave the sinking livelihood of poverty in the Philippines, if they have the opportunity to receive higher salary abroad? Regardless if they will suffer legal repercussions or even sacrifice their lives to foreign employers who often abuse them like in Middle Eastern or South East Asian countries?
Who can blame a newly graduated student or a long time employee that wish to achieve recognition of their skills and financial needs while practicing what they love the most – if they have to leave the Philippine’s due low salary with high employment standard or the politics involved in order to even get an entry level job?
In the Philippines, we have to fix not just the government, but the people behind these ridiculous problems. However, all is not lost due to the new change that the President Rodrigo Duterte is now doing for the Filipinos – a changed for the tax laws will probably make each Filipino bring home more food and money to support their livelihood.
But the sad reality still exist that the Philippines is losing more talented employees locally as these same employees prefer to be of use abroad where their profession and skills will matter the most.
God forbid that whenever I talk to a Filipino overseas worker, often they say that “I hate the Philippines – there’s no jobs, low salary, and rampant with corruption”. It hurts to hear that a Filipino can say such things to their home land even if the truth is as present as a midday sun; surely the Philippines could do more to offer our local employees a better future and salary locally.
But with the ENDO (End of Contract) regulations and tax exemptions law still in the air; mix this up with high healthcare premiums, low salary, and higher cost of living or expense – I highly doubt that a typical Filipino employee will decide to stay long in the Philippines. The only way to achieve success is then to go abroad, just like what everybody has been dreaming of.
Just like what I have wrote on my book Polymath’s Profit – if the Philippines want to retain its citizens in order to prosper locally and internationally; then they must provide more than just a job but a quality of life where a family could flourish. Not just employment, but benefits to live in the Philippines that will become a sure path to success of every Filipino person. But then again, that is if they read my book.
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