|March 9, 2012||Posted by Mitchteryosa under OFW Mom Thoughts|
I am not a “news person”. In fact, I only get to know updates through the tweets and FB posts that my friends are posting. I got to know very late about the intention of closing the Philippine Embassies. With that, I am not even sure in which countries they are pertaining to.
Being an ex-OFW, I know how Embassies played a role in our lives. I couldn’t say a “big” role as I have not experienced a so-good-encounter with them but yes, at some point, it helped us made our lives easier.
- When I needed to renew my passport, I didn’t have to be in a long queue as how it normally works. In fact, I got my renewed passport just after a couple of hours.
- Whatever an OFW had to pay before going on vacation was settled through their office. Again, making our lives easier from not engaging ourselves to a long queue matters a lot. I just want to emphasize that “Ang bawat oras na nababawas sa bakasyon ng mga OFWs ay malaking kawalan sa amin”.
I don’t have to go in detailed. We know how Embassies work. Some officials do not even care, we know that. That’s one of the unfortunate facts that OFWs know already. But closing down their offices without getting a public consultation? It is a big no no!
Just think about those runaway OFWs who gambled their lives from doing so? Where would they run to?
Until unless you have a perfect answer and solution to this question and situation, think again Mr. President Noynoy! “Kung yun ngang may mga embahada tayo, ambabagal pa din ng aksyon ng mga opisyal sa pagtulong, paano na lang kapag tuluyan pang nawala ang mga ito?”
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