Thursday, 21 June 2007

A positive view of immigrant works

By Bernardo M. Villegas

FILIPINO overseas workers confer untold benefits to the Philippine economy, earning more than US billion annually, stimulating expenditures (especially on housing) and relieving the unemployment problem. The social costs are also well known: Divided families and neglected children, a disincentive to work for the relatives left behind, and unproductive uses of the remittances. There are serious efforts of both the government and civil society to mitigate the social costs. The various Churches have initiatives to take care of the immigrants while they are abroad. I have seen laudable programs of Catholic priests and lay people attending to the needs of Filipino workers in Barcelona. [Read more]

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