Thursday, July 08, 2010

Defective Filipinos and Values-formation for Migrants

“Filipinos suffer from a cancer, a cancer that starts here and that we take with us abroad, a cancer that needs to be cured even before you leave. Values, priorities, beliefs, attitudes: this is defective in the Pinoy.”

- Instructor, Pre-departure Orientation Seminar, POEA

Quote lifted from Robyn Magalit Rodriguez' Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World.

This kind of 'values-formation' training has been fully internalized by Pinoy expats here. It seems to me that the psychology of the Benign0 school of thought is a complex mix of love and hate.


1 comment:

Trolly said...

They're all just confused, thus the incoherent rambling.

If Trolly were the pre-departure lecturer, this would be the lesson:

"You, OFW, are going overseas to plug the perennial dollar shortage of the Philippines."

"We need dollars to buy 300,000 barrels of oil per day."

"This amounts to $15,000,000 to $24,000,000 per day at the rate of $50 to $80 per barrel."

"Per year, this would amount to $5.4 to $8.7 billion, depending on oil price fluctuation."

"Last year, OFWs have remitted 15 billion dollars, which accounted for all our dollar needs in oil."

"If it were not for your efforts, OFWs, we would be borrowing dollars from IMF instead to buy oil."

"By the way, the difference between your remittances ($15 billion) and our oil purchases ($5-$8 billion)? We're using it to pay our debts to IMF."

"Now go out there and earn are dollars to keep the economic oil machine chugging along and to pay our debts!"