Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Its been a tough week for me.Feeling blue, I must say, for some reasons maybe because due to the bad weather. Sandstorm althroughout the week, to add more the uncontrollable hot temperature here in the Kingdom.That is nature and it is beyond my control, all i have to do is to take care of myself.Mag ingat wika nga.Aside from nature human matters also.
So I was on the verge of paranoia a while back.Working here in the Kingdom is a multicultural setting.One incident that i will never forget that add to my burden is that this certain workmate of mine from the Lahing 5-6(my code for that race and kabayan you knew it, lots of these people are working in the Philippines popular for that act of business deal)I don't understand why he is trying to put and pull me and my fellow Pinoy down when it comes to work and it happened so many times.I don't know hes motive.Always want to make fight on absurd things.Maybe because he want to prove to us noypis that hes race is better than mine.Based on my observation they are believing in this mantra that,If you are good on this things, well I am better than yours.In other word kabayan "kung may amoy ka mas matindi ang amoy ko" ayon sa paniniwala nila hahaha EWWW.....anghit!!!siguro ganoon nga,anyways just want to make you laugh and so with me because i dont want to take it seriously and I dont want to sound racist here.For Human peace and love sake...we are now okay...pakisamahan na lang sila.On a lighter side of this issue among noypis when it comes to work na hindi na kailangan magbuhat ng bangko, let others noticed the quality of our work as an expat.While reading Arab News yesterday(the well read english broadsheet here in the Kingdom),June 16 i came across this featured article written by Abdullah Al-Maghlooth by the name itself i must say he is an arab.The article helped me to ease the blues with in me.Reason to celebrate and be proud.......Cheerio!

Imagine a world without Filipinos

By:Abdullah Al-Maghlooth Al-Watan, almaghlooth@alwatan.com.sa

Muhammad Al-Maghrabi became handicapped and shut down his flower and gifts shop business in Jeddah after his Filipino workers insisted on leaving and returning home. He says: “When they left, I felt as if I had lost my arms. I was so sad that I lost my appetite.”

Al-Maghrabi then flew to Manila to look for two other Filipino workers to replace the ones who had left. Previously, he had tried workers of different nationalities but they did not impress him. “There is no comparison between Filipinos and others,” he says. Whenever I see Filipinos working in the Kingdom, I wonder what our life would be without them.

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 quality 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.

Cathy Ann, a 35-year-old Filipino nurse who has been working in the Kingdom for the last five years and before that in Singapore, said she does not feel homesick abroad because “I am surrounded by my compatriots everywhere.” Ann thinks that early training allows Filipinos to excel in nursing and other vocations. She started learning this profession at the age of four as her aunt, a nurse, used to take her to hospital and ask her to watch the work. “She used to kiss me whenever I learned a new thing. At the age of 11, I could do a lot. I began doing things like measuring my grandfather’s blood pressure and giving my mother her insulin injections,” she said.

This type of early education system is lacking in the Kingdom. Many of our children reach the university stage without learning anything except boredom.

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 should learn and educate our children on how to operate and maintain ships and oil tankers, as well as planning and nursing and how to achieve perfection in our work. This is a must so that we do not become like Muhammad Al-Maghrabi who lost his interest and appetite when Filipino workers left his flower shop.

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.

1 comment:

aika said...

Ron, this article is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing this article from an Arab newspaper.