OFWs: Would rather be a TNT than go back home

Last night, I watched an episode of The Correspondents on Filipinos working in Macau. Macau is the Las Vegas of Asia. In this little city, you will find the best casino places in Asia. And in Macau, you can find thousands of Filipinos, legally and illegally, working hard to be able to send money to their families back in the Philippines.

Do you know their sorry state in that place? 15 people living in a house that is intended for 4-6 people. Employers promised a $1,500 salary but they only get $850 because of ‘absences’ that are actually rest days. A handful of them are staying there illegally, waiting for the big break – a job that will help them rise out of poverty.

What caught my attention in that episode is the complaints of fellow Filipinos that the Philippine representative in that place cannot even help them because the rep is claiming he doesn’t really know his role there. My goodness! Our government is really good for nothing! Even representatives sent abroad are incompetents!

A Filipina told Karen Davila (who did the special episode) that she’d rather stay in Macau illegally, working part-time, than go home and starve to death with her family. That’s how pitiful the country’s economy is! When citizens would rather stay in a foreign land and place their hopes there, than go home and trust the Philippine government will do something about their plight.

*For non-Filipinos, TNT means Tago-Nang-Tago, an illegal alien avoiding the immigration officials from deporting them.


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  • Sad. 🙁

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  • sad..but so true sis. sobrang hirap pag nasa ibang bansa, pero karamihan ng mga nasa ibang bansa na eh ayaw na talagang umuwi dyan sa atin. siguro nga dahil na rin sa ekonomiya natin dyan at sa gobyerno na rin.

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  • rHo

    alam mo, dumarami na tlga ang mga OFW na TNT na lang. di mo rin naman masisi kasi ano naman ang aashan nila sa pinas di ba?? tskk… tsk…

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  • Hi Sash, what a nice post. I agree with Fingertalks. Marami din dito sa US. Meron ngang nag 20 years na dito. Lahat ng kita nya pinadala satin, ayun mukhang milyonaro ang bahay nila.

    Hirap na talaga ang buhay jan. Bumaba nga ang dolyares pero di tumaas ang sweldo at hindi rin bumba ang mga bilihin.

    Politics, ay ewan ko nalang. Dahil sa corruption nagiging mahirap ang isang bansa. 🙁

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  • many fellow pinoys opted to work abroad (just like my hubby), it is really sad to
    know that those who are mga sinawing palad, they still opted to stay as TNT.
    They are very willing to take the risk dahil sa hirap ng buhay sa pinas.

    Kawawang mga pinoy, hirap na talaga, mga corrupt pa mga tao

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  • Hi Sasha..

    Unfortunately this is common situation everywhere in the world.


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  • Hi She,I was trying to open this site the last time I ws in the net cafe,kaso down yata ang server.

    yeah,right,mahirap ang stituation ng mga TNT kahit dito.but they rather work hard here and claim less salaries,than work hard then get nothing at all daw sa Pinas.then sasakit lang din and ulo nila sa kapuproblema sa craps ng politics,hehe..

    its a sad truth….sabi din ng former classmate ko sa Dubai,ang daming filipina prosti na TNT run,victim ng kapwa pilipinong agents…hayy..

    gotta go home this Sunday,She,I was away since Sat and now,nasa net cafe as usual…will email yu later!

    Happy Thursday!


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  • hanubayan, kahit sa embahada ng Pilipinas sa ibang bansa wala ding kwenta. kala ko pa naman dito lang sa Pilipinas clueless ang mga nasa pwesto. Dapat pinapauwi yung rep, eh wala pala namansilbi. nagpapalaki lang dun ng kwan. Nainis ako bigla.

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  • my mom is also like that. but im just thankful that her living condition is not that bad. i think its very good.
    thank goodness.

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