Friday

"From Now on, Call Them Expats, Not OFWs"

“One very, very well-known and well-paid Filipino working overseas says that we should begin to call our overseas Filipinos expatriates, because the nature of their job is increasingly more on skilled professions. And they should be called expatriates because expatriates usually get higher pay than if you just call them workers,”…
“The government and the people honor our overseas Filipinos, whether you call them OFWs, OCWs, or as Dante Ang likes to call them, Overseas Filipino Investors. And I agree that we should begin to call them expatriates rather than OFWs. But in any case, we honor them for their sacrifice and dedication to their work, their family and their nation.” …

“We welcome their contribution. But we are working towards the day when Filipinos no longer need to go abroad for a job. For the day that overseas work is just another career option and not the only choice they have to earn a living...”

- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Speech, October 7, 2008

2 comments:

Kate said...

Hi Myraine,

Indeed I usually call myself an expat (I currently work in China) but OFW has become such a brand name to the Philippines. It'll be hard to shake it off.

shaine said...

better expats than ofw, they really work hard.

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