Imagine a World without Filipinos… (Im proud to be Pinoy)

AS PART OF MY SUPPORT TO PEBA (Pinoys Expats/OFW Blog Awards)’s theme, Im sharing this article written by a non-Filipino published in Saudi Arabia in June 2008. His name is Abdullah Al-Maghlooth (Al-Watan, almaghlooth@alwatan.com.sa ) of ArabNews.Com.

I read first the article from the website of a Filipino blogger who also reposted the article which I will do the same now. The article is really inspirational and uplifting for us Filipinos, thus it is indeed a perfect answer to PEBA’s theme: “Filipinos Abroad – Hope of the Nation, Gift to the World.”

I want to have it written completely (in verbatim)  in my blogsite, so I asked permission from the ArabNews.Com which Im still waiting for their reply. For the meantime, this is it… Hope you are also inspired by the article and be proud to be a Filipino! This is my first time to read something like this written by a foreigner about “us” – highlighting our qualities and attitudes towards work and family.

Proudly PinoyImagine a World without Filipinos by Abdullah Al-Maghlooth / email:  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.

UPDATES: Since I posted the original article in my blog, I contacted the writer and the publisher to avoid any “plagiarism and copyright” issues. Gladly, the Editor in Chief of Arab News, Khaled Almaeena allowed me to share this to all my readers, especially to my kababayan abroad. Keep up the good work and be proud to be Pinoy – sharing our talents and hospitality to everyone around the world!

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~ by reymos on July 30, 2009.

15 Responses to “Imagine a World without Filipinos… (Im proud to be Pinoy)”

  1. Yeah, I cant imagine the world would be if the Filipinos decided to pack their bags and go home. What will happen to the sick people lying in Arabic, American, British and European countries when Filipino nurses finally realised that the Philippines is where the green pasture is waiting for them? You may think that this will not happen, because the country is still one of the corrupt nations in the world. Well, Im optimistic someday, not in my own generation, but who knows, when Pinoys decided to go home – bringing their wealth and talents back and build up their businesses and help the government to bring back the trust of the masses. Then, the Philippines will not be the same and future generations need not worry about immigration!

    • I Agree with you @Reymos, we may still see & feel that Philippines is a Hopeless case due to Graft & Corruption as well as some Filipinos lack of Discipline but someday I believe it will gonna turn around and change, when we start to work & think as a group, Helping and building one another to reach their full potential, you see “Hope is a good thing and good thing never die”

      We Filipinos are the HOPE of our Nation (Patriotism) !!!

      Ann:)
      http://www.mhortaleza.vze

  2. I feel the same. I am not losing hope for the Philippines too. Someday, our fight for justice and righteousness will pay off. It’s our time to act now for the future generation. God will bless the Philippines. We have glorious destiny I believe. 🙂

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts about us (Pinoys)! Time will tell and Im optimistic that the future generation will be happy to call the Philippines, a perfect place to live! I think the virtue that Pinoys have despite what the status now in terms of economic growth, still we believe that something will “change” for the better in the future. We dont loss our “hope and faith” that our country will rise again, victoriously as respected nation in the Asia Pacific region.

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  4. this is nice. 🙂 glad that tere are still filipinos who are glad to be who we are.

  5. UPDATES: Since I posted the original article in my blog, I contacted the writer and the publisher to avoid any “plagiarism and copyright” issues. Gladly, the Editor in Chief of Arab News, Khaled Almaeena allowed me to share this to all my readers, especially to my kababayan abroad. Keep up the good work and be proud to be Pinoy – sharing our talents and hospitality to everyone around the world!

  6. Love you all my Filipino brothers and sisters! We are often overlooked and ignored, but by golly, we have done so much to this world. We are the laborers, domestic helpers, sailors, engineers, scientists, doctors, nurses, freedome fighters, serving all over the world. We are humble, pious, respectful, hospitable, yet courageous, full of indomitable spirit, patient, and resilient. We need to unite as a people. Let us start to stand up, and get recognized. We are FILIPINOS, and we have to be proud of our heritage. To our leaders and public servants, it is time for you to fight corruption, and serve the needest of our population. We are a great people, and this world is not what it is without us. Love our heritage, love our country, and we need to love each other. FILIPINOS we need to be one!

    • Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts. Indeed we are gifts to the world! On the other hand, you emphasised the love for our contry and heritage which every Filipino should always do, wherever we are. Sometimes we still have this “crab mentality” which hinders us to be united and more productive and successful. We have to act as one with one goal – to improve the life of every Filipino.

  7. I Agree with you @Reymos, we may still see & feel that Philippines is a Hopeless case due to Graft & Corruption as well as some Filipinos lack of Discipline but someday I believe it will gonna turn around and change, when we start to work & think as a group, Helping and building one another to reach their full potential, you see “Hope is a good thing and good thing never die”

    We Filipinos are the HOPE of our Nation (Patriotism) !!!

    Ann:)
    http://www.mhortaleza.vze.com

    • Thanks for the comments and of course your opinion about our country. Im sure someday, we will come together and bring change to our Motherland.

  8. filipinos are the best

  9. it’s true filipinos are hard worker and diligent to work

  10. everyone is badly needed in our country Philippines to be developed and be globally recognize and be competent AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL TO STAND ALONE. These Article MAKES ME SAD IT IS NOT A SIGN OF PATRIOTISM.

    It sounded like “hey Filipinos you are a good worker come work with us” To good to be true. Very sad…

    Imagine a world where all Filipinos Unite with one goal !!

    • Yeah I agree with you but we have to accept the fact that we cant stop Pinoys to find work overseas. The only thing we can really bring patriotism back to the Philippines is show to the world that we are God fearing, hardworking, self-motivated and hospitable individuals and we love our families and our country even we are away from home!

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