I’m 20…and an OFW
Too young? Perhaps, but then the opportunity presented itself and how can I say no? I just graduated and was almost on the verge of resolving myself into being a bum for a year when my cousin referred me to this agency.
To make the long story short, I got interviewed, I got accepted, I went through all the procedures needed to be called an OFW, and after a month I was on my way to a foreign country.
You might think that I accepted this because I have relatives here or close friends that I can easily depend on or to make life here a bit more bearable, well sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t. I went here knowing the fact that I’ll be alone and I’m going to be out of my comfort zone, I went here knowing that for at least a month or more than that, I’ll be bawling my eyes out because of homesickness; but still, I went on. (Thank God for skype)
Within two months of work, I already told myself that I’ll just save enough money here then I’ll go back home as soon as I finish my contract, I’ll never work out of the country again, I’ll just put up my own business. You’ll probably think that I’m just saying this ’cause I’m new, that I still don’t have the responsibilities that many of you carry; true enough, and I’ll probably going to eat my words when my contract ends, but for now, let’s leave it at that.
And you know what? After 4 months of working I really wanted to go home already, I was willing to book a ticket as soon as my schedule (and my supervisor) allows me, but then I found out, I have to have this OEC, this OWWA thing, this PAG-IBIG thing.
I thought it would be as simple as just buying a ticket then you’re all set. You just need to wait for your flight then poof! you’re back in the PH, but I was wrong. I wonder why do we have to do this? I understand that it’s for the protection/help/guarantee/whatever that the government says for us OFW’s but then, is it fully utilized? do we really benefit from this? I just want to see my family, my friends, and relatives; do I really have to go through all of this? It’s not like I’m not going back to work, I just really need a break.
Oh well, I have no choice anyway, better to follow instructions than suffer the consequences later.
Do you think I’m still too young to comprehend?