Catherine is an OFW currently working to provide help for her parents and siblings. Her number one goal is to help her family, so she decided to work abroad. Cathy, 29, would consider working back at her home country if given a chance. But through different social media platforms, she has constant communication with her family, which gives her the feeling that they are always there at her side.
What makes you decide to work abroad?
To extend help to my parents and siblings.
What is the hardest part of being an OFW?
Being away from your loved ones, family.
What are the things you have established/bought since you became an OFW?
Partly giving financial support for building a house for my parents.
Do you have a bad experience as an OFW either abroad or in the Philippines?
My bag was stolen from a parked car.
Do you have any plans in mind so that you don’t have to work abroad for the rest of your life? Put up a small business with my parents.
Would you ever consider working in your home country again? Why? Yes, I would want to because working in your home country gives you the assurance that your loved ones is always there (distance).
Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom? Why? Yes, it really helps because if you don’t have anything to do after work, you can talk to your loved ones and old time friends.
What do you miss most in the Philippines?
Family, friends, food and the environment.
What are the things you regret not doing because of your time spent working abroad? Having to spend time with my parents, siblings and their children. Being with my parents while they are growing old.
Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad? Set your goals and priorities and don’t forget that always. Save your money wisely.