Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

New Year resolutions


After the holidays, many of our kababayan express regret over spending too much. According to Bantay OCW financial counselor Joyce “Josa” Delovieres, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) consume a large part of their earnings on luxuries and  modern gadgets.

Money matters cause strains in OFW families. These may be familiar refrains:  “Saan dinala ang pera at bakit ganito, bakit nagka-ganun (Where did the money go? What happened. Why did it happen?)”

Whatever happened the previous year, our kababayan can only hope the New Year will allow him or her to replenish family savings. The common resolution is to make things right and change for the better. Everyone has great hopes and high expectations.

Additionally, OFWs usually have long list of New Year resolutions aimed at correcting the mistakes of the previous year. But, truth to tell, they know those promises are hard to fulfill. Didn’t they make the same resolutions last year?

We hope OFWs double their resolve and remember that working abroad may not last a lifetime. They cannot escape aging. Time will come when even if they still want to work in another country, they will not be accepted by foreign employers because of their age.

OFWs should prepare for their retirement as early as they can. Time will come when they will stop earning dollars. They should do this before it’s too late, before the time comes when they might be forever asking themselves, “where did I go wrong?”

Attention seafarers

Masters & Mates Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MMAP) will convene for its General Assembly meeting on February 23 at the MMAP House, 1729 F. Agoncillo St., Malate, Manila starting at 9:00 a.m. This marks the conclusion of the terms of the incumbent Board of directors and officers. Per by laws, a new set of board members will be elected. Aspiring directors may file Certificates of Candidacy with the Comelec, composed of: Capts. Hermogenes Bitanga, chair; Rustico Sevilla,  cochair, and Antonio Q. Peñarubia, Simeon B. Balita and Franciso C. Laoag. Registration period is from December 23, 2012 to January 8, 2013, at 5 F CTC Commercial Building, Taft Avenue corner P. Gil St., Malate, Manila.

For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Nhal or the National Secretary, Capt. Edwin M. Itable, through tel. No. 5366323 or fax no. 5366307. Better yet, visit our present offices at the above address.

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  • kanoy

    hahaha>>>> many of our kababayan express regret over spending too much<<<hahaha They where not COMPLAINING….They where BRAGGING!! No one but them knew how much they spent, so by them grabbing their bullhorns and loudly announcing to the world ''I spent extravagantly'' they made sure all the people in their neighborhood knew who outspent everyone else….drama drama

  • tra6Gpeche

    Ms K, OFWs
    should listen to your advice. Nothing last forever especially to those working
    abroad, whose job is mainly based on age. They will have no decent pension to
    depend on. It will be difficult and depressing to come home without any
    savings. I suppose they are the main reason why Philippine money is
    appreciating in value versus the US dollar. In view of this, the Philippines should give them a reward money
    when their foreign contract expires. If it happens, these OFWs would really
    feel as the modern Filipino heroes and heroines. Where would the government get
    the money? The Government should eliminate the pork barrel of all politicians and,
    instead, create a fund called OFW Retiree fund.

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