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Friday, June 20, 2008


by Abdullah Al-Maghlooth, Saudi Arabia
Found here, and here, and here.

"Saudi Arabia has the largest number of Filipino workers — 1,019,577 — outside the Philippines. In 2006 alone, the Kingdom recruited more than 223,000 workers from the Philippines and their numbers are still increasing. Filipinos not only play an important and effective role in the Kingdom, they also perform different jobs in countries across the world, including working as sailors. They are known for their professionalism and the q uality of their work."
"Nobody here can think of a life without Filipinos, who make up around 20 percent of the world's seafarers. There are 1.2 million Filipino sailors. So if Filipinos decided one day to stop working or go on strike for any reason, who would transport oil, food and heavy equipment across the world? We can only imagine the disaster that would happen."

"What makes Filipinos unique is their ability to speak very good English and the technical training they receive in the early stages of their education. There are several specialized training institutes in the Philippines, including those specializing in engineering and road maintenance. This training background makes them highly competent in these vital areas."
"When speaking about the Philippines, we should not forget Filipino nurses. They are some 23 percent of the world's total number of nurses. The Philippines is home to over 190 accredited nursing colleges and institutes, from which some 9,000 nurses graduate each year. Many of them work abroad in countries such as the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Singapore."

"The Philippines, which you can barely see on the map, is a very effective country thanks to its people. It has the ability to influence the entire world economy."
'We should pay respect to Filipino workers, not only by employing them but also by learning from their valuable experiences.We have to remember that we are very much dependent on the Filipinos around us. We could die a slow death if they chose to leave us."
----Abdullah Al-Maghlooth, Saudi Arabia

You can find them in the hospital you went for check-up, or the care center for the aged, you can see them building bridges and towers with its engineers and technicians, you can see them manufacturing your food, your drinking water, and you can see them in banks, offices, and even your housemaids or houseboys. You can see them when you travel on cruise ships. You can find them in houses taking care of the old ones in your family, or teaching Math and Sciences in your school. Filipinos are everywhere, yes, almost 8 million of its best, brightest and diligent people are all over the world.

And I am proud that I am one of those overseas Filipino toiling in foreign land to live a decent life and offer my child a better future.

The whole story here