Top 10 Secrets of Filipinos (OFWs) they don’t tell anyone

You would have noticed that there are many Filipinos around you. Most of these Filipinos are employees. This means that Filipinos seek job opportunities abroad rather than in their home country. The basic reason for their migration is relatively higher salaries abroad than in the Philippines.

As we meet many OFWs, many are good friends of us while many tend to reside near us, we should know about them. Here is the list of ten secrets OFWs don’t tell everyone.

  1. They send 50% of their salary back home

An OFW is likely to spend less. A survey report declared that on average an OFW sends 40-5% of his salary home. With remaining salary, they only meet their monthly expenses such as food, transport, accommodation etc.

Those OFW who have free food, transport, and accommodation are the ones who can enjoy their 75% of their salary on luxury and entertainment!

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  1. OFW have low savings

Among the great number of OFWs, only a few have the motivation to save money for the future or business. Only 13% of OFW send their savings home.

  1. Everyone needs help from OFWs

People back at home consider OFW a bank! They would readily ask them for financial help. People at their home consider that an OFW is earning a lot and thereby shall give them a helping hand.

They also seek for favors, gifts, and aids. Many OFW ignore calls from home country as they know demands would pop out!

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  1. Most OFW are suffering financial difficulties

Even though an OFW enjoys higher salary abroad than in the home country but people should understand that living abroad is costly. They have to pay a higher price for accommodation and personal expenses.

Financial aid demands from home cause OFW fall in debt or in the credit card trap!

  1. Who will look after OFW?

With everyone having eyes on OFW, things become difficult. An OFW sends money back home by cutting off his/her savings and by hardly enjoying life. Yet it is of no use and till the time they reach back the family has spent the money and not saved for OFW.

Now when an OFW returns home at an age where he can’t work, he has nothing to rely on! Present wasted, future wasted!

  1. The tough life of an OFW

The life of an OFW is not a bed of roses. They find it hard to make ends meet. The post you see on social media is one side of the story. These special and joyful moments are confined to a small group of people.

Why would people talk about their struggles, their hectic life, and their poor living conditions on social media? OFW of course, don’t want their families to get worried.

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  1. The seldom party time

The great posts you see on social media is in-fact a seldom part of their lives. Once in a blue moon, they would spend money for the sake of their joy. And for that, they work for extra hours or undertake a part-time job.

  1. The hope of Payables

18% of OFWs send money to home in a hope that their payables are being paid. Yet it is unlikely that their wish come true! Their debts are not being paid as the family back home consumes their funds.

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  1. Not have a chance to fall sick

An OFW can’t risk falling ill and not earn. There are many OFWs who would show up for work even in poor health as they do not have sick leave. Most would avoid hospitals or medical treatment in the absence of health insurance. They save every bit of penny to send money home!

  1. Going home is the ultimate wish

A great pay cannot compensate for the family moments. The OFWs do fall homesick and wish they could meet their families and enjoy life with them, yet they know that family needs their aid than their presence!

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.