Screengrab from Google PH video
Google Philippines (Google PH) released a tearjerker YouTube video titled “Miss Nothing,” dedicated to all OFWs around the world. Many Filipinos working abroad will not be home for Christmas, and this video is created especially for them. Spoiler alert: Get a handkerchief or tissue when you watch this.
Throughout the entire video, you can hear a child singing Basil Valdez’ hit, “You.” The first OFW featured is a caregiver in London who eventually became an Internet sensation. This reminds us of Pinay caregiver, Rose Osang Fostanes, who won the first season of X Factor Israel in 2013.
The second OFW is a construction worker in the Middle East, followed by an OFW father talking to her daughter in the Philippines (via Google+ of course). The next clip shows a Pinoy chef in a cruise ship sharing his recipe to his family back home. This one is quite funny, but touching as well.
Later, a laundry worker (or perhaps a domestic helper) in Japan reads a story to her little daughter while looking over her laundry. The last two snippets show a seaman and an office employee who were both talking to their sons via Google video chat. OFWs are also referred to as “Bagong Bayani (New Heroes).
This touching video ad is part of Google Philippines’ “Balikbayan” campaign. This features the OFW Circle, where OFWs and their families and friends can share their everyday stories and explore the global Filipino community. Users can also post tips and guides for Filipinos who want to work abroad.
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), there were 1,836, 345 OFW deployments in 2013 alone. This is around 34,000 higher than the figure in 2012 and is the highest so far since 2009. The 2013 figures also reveal that 1 million were rehires and 464,888 were newly hired.
For all the land-based OFWs deployments in 2013, Saudi Arabia still leads as the top destination, followed by UAE, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, Kuwait, Taiwan, Italy, and Malaysia. In a news report, POEA chief Hans Cacdac said that cases of illegal recruitments have been reduced.
In a recent 2015 predictions, the World Bank projected that economy in the Philippines will grow by 6.7 % next year. Nevertheless, said that the number of OFWs will increase further. Based on a survey, Filipinos prefer to work abroad to seek greener pastures and because of job mismatch. Many of them also have less trust to the government in terms of providing more jobs and higher salaries.
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