My Youth and Strength are Already Deteriorating

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In our country Philippines, we find ourselves contesting against the erratic of working condition and no jobs to accommodate us. Most of us wanted to raise and promote our living standards but we do not possess the necessary resources to climb up the ladder of success.

Strongly fighting for survival

From the time I arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines already had produced four presidents - from former presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the newly elected President Benigno Aquino III, still I am in this foreign lands strongly fighting for survival for my extended family and to my beloved country. My youth and strength are already deteriorating. I often feel some joints pains. And yet, still, I am here undecided to go home with other million Filipinos.

Thousands are leaving our homelands

Every year our country produces thousands of graduates and the labor market could not accommodate them. So there are no options but to look jobs out from the country and it is through working overseas to solve the problem. Thousands are leaving our homelands everyday to have luck finding work in foreign lands.

There are also other reasons such as:

  • for those who want to escape personal and family problems living abroad could be a safe haven
  • for those who want to let go of dark memories or broken love affairs, it could be an asylum
  • others were just induced by summons of some friends
  • and still others were simply deluded for the sake of adventure

Homesickness is our greatest enemy

Despite homesickness, which is our greatest enemy, still we Filipinos could well adjust to different races, cultures and standards of living. In addition, our love is intensified. For Filipinos who by nature love doings things for others, domestic chores like cooking, cleaning, gardening and baby-sitting are some of our several expertises.

Philippines is considered as one of the highest Asian’s countries exporting workers. In Saudi Arabia alone there are approximately 1.3 millions Filipino registered workers such as, Doctors, nurses, skilled technicians, janitors and laborers, hotel staffs, accountants, engineers, housemaids, drivers, teachers and trainers, barbers, medical technicians, computer operators, tailors and many more and working in hospitals, establishments, construction firms, industrial companies, private and government offices, supermarkets and malls, hotels and restaurants with courage, dedications and commitments.

Working abroad is a confederate for some of us

It has been noted that working abroad is a confederate for some of us who are fortunate enough to have good jobs and goodly employers. Through our earnings we could build a house and able to send our children to good schools. But there are some isolated cases, that working abroad had become a foe for us working spouses when during our absence our cherished partners left in Philippines took chances of jumping from one bed to another.

But working abroad is not always a fortune

Also to work abroad is not a fortune for those workers who are feed insufficiently, overworked, abused, maltreated and working as a sword-point or those who work as shock absorbers or punching bag by heartless employers. It must be concluded that not only those who have courage, determination and resistance should go out of the country, for life overseas is so rugged that it becomes a subsistence of the fittest, that those who can bear shall stay, but those who can’t should leave.

But despite all these, we, Overseas Foreign Workers are patiently working hard because we wanted for the bright future of our extended families and children and to help improve the ailing economy of our country, Philippines through the billions of dollars remittances that we sent home.

Unite to help cure the country

Now I am craving for our officials and other feuding politicians in our country to see and consider our greatest sacrifices in foreign lands. It is not enough for us Overseas Foreign Workers to be called as the Modern Day Heroes. Yes, this is an honor for us OFWs. But what all we need is soft and true caring touch from them. They should stop bickering and unite to help cure the country from its debilitating ills. They should show vision, unity; determination and motivation to give the people good governance and work hard to achieve peace and order in the country for more investors to invest business there and more jobs for the Filipinos and as well to eradicate corruptions!

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author avatar Denise O
12th Jan 2012 (#)

I can tell how home sick you are, I am so sorry. You are doing what you need to do right now. This article could be sent to just about any country's (so called) leaders and it fit them also. I am with you my friend. I hope your country's leaders get it together for the good of the people. As I wish for my own country but, I will not hold my breath on that one though. Nice page my friend. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you friend Denise - you shared here a commendable comment. I had wished it for a long time that one day my country's leaders would unite...

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Getting ahead in life is very much a struggle for many, certainly worse for those in some nations.

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

I got your points Mark - wish I could pick fruits from my struggles. Liked your thought. Thank you.

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Jan 2012 (#)

This was fascinating to read. It is sad when people have to leave their home country to get employment.

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Ms. Val. Yes it is really sad but leaving our country to get employment on foreign lands is the best choice for us at this very moment...see you again.

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author avatar Buzz
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Great article, dude. I'm proud of you as an OFW.

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you dude Buzz. Same here exchanging our views and opinions are just some of many ways we can be proud of with the rest of Wikinutters and our Kabayans. See you around.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Jan 2012 (#)

I've heard from so many filipinos that life is tough in the Phillipines - and it's difficult to get ahead. Keep on going, honey. Maybe one day??

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

And that is very true friend Sheila. However, I don't see it to stop me to keep going. Thank you for your time.

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author avatar LOVERME
14th Jan 2012 (#)

hello friend how is mrs PALMER HAVE U FOUND A REAL ONE YET???

Mark can you please tell me WHO IS FUCKING JAMES ?????
IT GETS ME GRIPES

Only simple business men are genius...
they can fish into pockets of RICH dopes...
who think they could have been POPES...
but you know how business men with words play ..
and their acumen display .they use their sweet tongues ... cleaned and polished ..then they alone ravish
AND GUYS FEEL RAVISHED..
HAVE A GReATE GR88888 DAY
BUSY -- U ---MAN= BUSiNESS MAN

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Hi LoverMe. Howdy? Thank you - of course mrs. palmer is still the best hehehe...What happened to James? It is too long now I did not see him...

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author avatar richardpeeej
15th Jan 2012 (#)

Life sounds so tough there my friend when you have to leave to get a job...work should be more spread out among the globe now, after all we are a global community now....I loved you coloured map, and you well deserved your star for this article....

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you dude Richard for sharing your thought and your precious time. Much appreciated.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Jan 2012 (#)

very sad to think of you and others so far from home...outstanding page and report my friend...

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Very true Ms. Delicia though no choice at this time. Life must go on. Thank you. I appreciate.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
16th Jan 2012 (#)

You've got those desirable Filipino values...

Salute!

haven't gone to Guian yet.... wish we could meet the next time you go home. I am from Basey, but i spend most of the time in Tacloban. The city is growing. there's been a lot of changes. welcome home soon!

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Kabs Cowboy. We are neighbor. Guiuan is just some kilometers away from your place. I also stayed at Catarman, Northern Samar from 84 and 85. I studied at the University of Eastern Philippines I took up the two year course Cooperative Management then I transferred to Leyte Colleges, Tacloban and proceeded my accountancy though I did not finish it.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
16th Jan 2012 (#)

can't believe it.....sa dinami-daming tao mami-meet online, sa wikinut pa. Kababayan ko pa. Small world!

when was the last time you were here?

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author avatar ppruel
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Seguro nga this is the truth of life kabayan - if you have the time read my article published here entitled "Life without Dream is Boring and Dull" it's about my life story.

Sa Wikinut I started on July 28, 2010.

I officially left my hometown Guiuan in 1981 went to Manila then went back to Samar, Catarman, from Catarman to Leyte and again to Manila.

From 1981 until now di ko pa uli nasilip ang Guiuan. Now Guiuan already a small city, marami na rin nabago at nalalaman ko iyon through Internet.

Ang buhay ko noon ay maihahalintulad sa isang ibon kung saan abutin ng gabi ang anumang punong makita ay doon dadapo at magpapahinga. Nguni't di ako sumuko, sinikap kong hanapin ang totoong sarili ko.

If you will read one by one of my articles they are all related to my life. I am happy and lucky to see some of my Kababayan in this site at isa sa kanila. Thanks. I feel dramatic and serious today...hehehe.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Jan 2012 (#)

To be away from home is always a sacrifice. Sadly, some return from foregn countries to a foreign home, unappreciated after a life of toil, and often ignored. The best place to work is always home countries, but destiny and destination may prove otherwise! Filipinos are one of the friendliest anywhere and it beats me why some highly educated leave their shores to work at jobs that do not reward them for their ability, knowledge and outlook to life. Politics and corruption could well be holding the country back from its great potential. Thought provoking and touching too, ppruel - siva

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