Thursday, October 9, 2008

EXPATRIATES NOT OFW




In an article published yesterday by Philippine Daily Inquirer, our president worded out that we shall tag our fellows working abroad as Expatriates and not Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). This move largely banks on the fact that Filipinos working abroad are in fact skilled workers earning substantial amount of money defined by different currencies which gives them the capability to become the most potent back bone of the Philippine economy mostly because of their dollar remittances.

Dangling across this move is the issue of the BBC show “Harry and Paul” episode wherein a Filipina maid was subliminally characterized as a sex slave. This episode was condemned by many Filipinos and I am joining that list. British government said that the so-called “freedom of expression” in the show is no longer a hand towel touch matter of the government. According to them, Filipinos play large contributions to Britain society highlighting their roles in scientific and service sectors.

TV programs especially comedy skits largely gain viewership because of the entertainment values on it-Entertainment that can be done through witty scripts or simple uncanny human acts. Comedy shows can be a no-brainer boob tube thread at times, and we are all aware about this. Including Filipino race or any other race on a comedy skit to bring in significant stimuli for laughs is clearly and utterly unacceptable. We need not spell out the word respect for this, right?

My father has been working for a foreign land for quite a long time now. I am a proud son of a man who sacrificed his comfort zone just to make greater earnings for his family. I hope people from other lands will acknowledge this kind of scenarios. I also hope that Filipina women can redeem their character in the world because they are by all definitions, more than just a beautiful face.

4 comments:

Abou said...

i dont know why there's a big fuss on this. e since time immemorial meron ng mga yaya at inday sa sarili nating comedy shows, sometimes mas embarassing pa nga ang pagka portray.

instead of asking for apology from the british gov, our government should just push more measures to protect our domestic helpers abroad and in the process stop this kind of perception. like more jobs for them here.

alex said...

i agree to abou!

ang daming baggage ng pinoys!

here's my take on that

http://www.retardedsnotebook.com/2008/10/bbc-harry-and-paul-angry-filipinos.html

RONeiluke, RN said...

hays...

hindi na nawala mga racial discriminations no? hays... i was able to watch the video clip. reminded me of the "desperate housewife" discrimination on phil. med. education... tsk tsk...

pero hanga talaga ako sa mga OFW's...

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Me, the islands and the world said...

kakatawa tayo..sensitibo kunwari sa mga ganitong isyu pero naman tayo-tayo mismo nag-didiscriminate sa sarili..ayaw ng brown ang kulay, kasi mas maganda ang maputi. ayaw ng kulot ang buhok, mas maganda ang straight. ayaw dito sa Pinas magtrabaho, mas maganda sa abroad. haay..ewan ko ba. tayo dapat ang magbago para hindi tayo mamata-matahin lang ng mga foreigners.