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How to Earn an OFW Income Without Working Abroad.
To work abroad as an OFW (overseas Filipino worker) is the dream of many Filipinos. Although there are already close to 12 million Filipinos working overseas, about a million more leave the Philippines every year to work in some 200 countries around the world. In fact, according to some reports, at any one time, more than 10% of the Philippines' total population are hard at work - abroad.Why? Well, the primary reason is money. Given the sluggish state of the Philippine economy, there are not just enough jobs at home. And the few that are available do not pay enough to enable the poor worker to support a family of four, let alone the extended families that most of us Filipinos have. A public school teacher with more than five years' experience, for instance, is paid an average of Php15,000 a month or Php180,000 (US$4,000) a year. In comparison, a school in Maryland, USA was reported just a few years back as offering Filipino teachers a starting annual salary of $43,500. This is equivalent to over P2.0 million a year - more than 10 times bigger than
Anna Vander Broek, 11.02.10, 06:00 PM EDT
Imagine living a life in which your suit is one for swimming, your only appointment is walking the dog and the most important report of the day is on the Weather Channel.
Actually, this life isn't that hard to picture because this is how many American's view their retirement.
I am OSCAR R. ACOSTA, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) presently working for 12 years as a Marine Engineer (Test & Trial) in the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) at the King Abdulaziz Naval Base in Jubail, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. We are responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of various Saudi warships patrolling along the Persian Gulf.
My hobbies are social networking and the internet marketing. I am also a music enthusiast and I love playing with my Roland E-09 keyboard. It's so lonely here in our place and I have to do something to break the "loneliness monotony".
My wife informed me last month during our chat online about the break-up news in the Philippines regarding the Filipino workers (OFW) that were already sent home due to the Saudization. You will note that I just arrived in Saudi Arabia from vacation last 19 June 2011. Last week was about the list of employees in the SRF who will be given the notice of No Re-Contract. This week, 10 people received and signed the No Re-Contract letter from the company. I was one of those included in the list. The SRF management want to keep us all for a few more years, however, they cannot do anything about it now because it is a Saudi Government ministerial order which is mandatory that requires all the foreign workers who were in the service for ten years or more will no longer be given a re-contract. My contract ends on 20-Sep-2011 and my last day of work is on 19-Sep-11. More people who worked for ten years or more will be receiving a notice of no re-contract next week. The evolution will continue to take place until no more foreign workers is left. The Saudis are saying that they want to stand with their own feet. Many Saudis dont's have any work yet up to this time. The only way that they can be accommodated for a job is to let the foreigners go. Before next year, maybe a few foreign workers will remain and continue their job in the naval base. But I'm sure that the remaining workers will soon to leave because thay don't want to bear all the responsiblities of doing all the jobs when the foreigners left. With the new set up, how can the Saudis do the job without the foreigners? The Saudi government wants to transfer that pressure to the company now. They don't want the things that happened in Egypt, Bahrain, Syria or Libya were most of the people were crying for change... the people wants more jobs, house and a better living.
After 12 years of working here w/ the same company and today, I am very thankful for so many things like:
1. I will be w/ my family and there's no need to be away from them again.
2. There's no need for me to work overseas.
3. My 2 daughters have completed their college course and are now working.
4. My wife owns a maternity clinic in Gensan and it's earning.
5. Our 3 hectares of land planted w/ banana in Lake Sebu is now earning on weekly basis.
6. We ownned another house and lot in Gensan & we will sell it if the price is right.
7. We owned a house & lot in Marbel and it's earning.
8. We owned a residential lot in Lake Sebu for house rental.
7. My sound system that I bought here in Saudi Arabia last year can be used for an extra income.
8. Keep myself busy by getting a contract on local civil works project w/ the help of a friend
9. Improvement and repair of our residence was completed and it's fully furnished.
10. We owned a car.
My wife already agreed to resign from the government so that she can concentrate in managing the clinic. We will talk about this issue again when I arrive next month. You will note that when I was in Saudi Arabia, all of the items noted above were managed by my wife. Imagine her responsibilities in the house, her work in the local government, the construction of our vacation house project in Lake Sebu, etc...etc.
There's no place like home. I am so excited now to leave. It's like a feeling that I always experienced when I go on vacation every year. Every time I go back to Saudi Arabia after my vacation, it always break my heart and says: "How I wish to be w/ my family again? When will the coming back to Saudi Arabia going to end?" During my vacation, my 8-year old son is always happy and feel confident if his father is around? But this time, there's no coming back. Enough is enough. When I leave Saudi Arabia for good, I will be dealing with my new life and that is my retirement.
I want to share these songs to all the OFW's out there, to the FanBox community, especially to the FanBox addicts like me. I recorded this video last March, 2011. Hope you enjoy the music. If you don't, please try, too..(joke).
PLEASE SEE MY VIDEO & LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
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