When I'm browsing my Facebook account last night, an article caught my attention and it was posted by one of my friends. It was written by Abdullah Al-Maghlotti/ AL-WATAN, a Muslim from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and I was touched by his story. He shared the story of Muhammad Al-Maghrabi and to his business in Jeddah. He became handicapped and his flower and gifts shop busted when his Filipino workers insisted on returning home.
"When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite."
He tried other nationalities for the position before but it didn't work. He then flew to Manila to look for a replacement for the ones who had left.
"There is no comparison between Filipinos and others, whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them," he says
We all know that a lot of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) works in the Middle East. Nurses, Domestic helpers, Masons, Carpenters, Beauticians even Engineers are the common occupations they are applying for. More than two hundred thousand Filipinos are being recruited and millions of workers are currently employed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone. What makes Filipinos unique is our ability to speak very good English, good working attitude, being competitive and the technical trainings we received from the early stages of our education. We are also known for the quality of work we render and being professional. We're not contented on being good but we try to achieve perfection in everything that we do. We perform different jobs in countries across the world and some of our countrymen stand out and being honored in the field they had chosen.
Philippines, my beloved country, though some says is just a dot on the map, is a very good and effective country because of its people. It's nice we have a good foundation in terms of education, training and family ties. We are known for our "pakikisama" and being hospitable and friendly to everyone. We should salute our countrymen because of their valuable experiences and contributions they brought to our native land.
Iba talaga ang Pinoy, ASTIG!