A few months ago, I featured an excerpt of a blog entry from a former OFW who was known in the OFW Community in Riyadh. In fact we met each other in 2003 during the 1st OFW Conference on Reintegration in KSA initiated by then Labor Attaché Jainal Rasul, Jr. Like me, he was one of the resource speakers in that conference but we haven’t got the chance to be introduced with each other.
That particular blog entry titled “Dream Big Dreams – a Gadfly’s Wish List” caught to my attention. It is a dream for a creation of a specific body tasked with OFW economic reintegration. And this could only be realized through a legislation to be enacted as a law by the Philippine Congress.
The same blog entry that inspired OFW Congress Executive Council members to pass a resolution addressed to Pnoy and VP Binay, to quote as follows:
**“WHEREAS, some of our returning OFWs failed in their business endeavors for lack of entrepreneurial preparation, short of knowledge in savings mobilizations and unguided investment schemes resulting into failures and bankruptcy. In view of this, we strongly believed that a separate agency or institution is necessary to handle the complex issue of OFW Economic Reintegration. In line with the Presidents’ commitment for transformational leadership and the governments’ agenda that working abroad would not be anymore a necessity for Filipinos; WE therefore urge the President to facilitate the creation of a special body whose task is to craft up policies and comprehensive approach as well as concrete mechanisms for OFW Reintegration Program.**
Three days ago Romie Cahucom in his new blog entry “Why We Need a Comprehensive OFW Economic Reintegration Legislation” explains the necessity why our Congress should pass a comprehensive OFW reintegration legislation as early as possible. What was happening in Middle East and the natural calamity that hit Japan means displacement and suffering for our modern day heroes. Therefore, the government must be economically prepared for the eventual return of OFWs.