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Aug. 27, 19 | 5:34 pm

Award-winning photographer and former domestic helper in Hong Kong questioned the Philippine government’s economic system that relies heavily on the remittances of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Xyza Bacani, during the 2019 Mountain Echoes festival, said at that a lot of children grew up without their parents who were working abroad, including her.

“Unfortunately, our country does not export anything, we only export people. In the 70s and 80s, our government found a way, an export policy. So multi-millions are coming into our country through these OFW workers, who are sending remittances. These OFW remittances are a huge contribution to the economy. But it is quite sad. A country that encourages people to leave their homes is a broken country. The last two generations of children have grown up without their mothers,” Bacani said.

The continuous trend of workers abroad also left children motherless or fatherless during their crucial formative years.

“Correct me if I am wrong, but for the healthy upbringing of a child, one needs nutrition, education, vaccination and affection. The affection that comes from the mother, is what was missing in our generation. It is still going on. They all have a motherless childhood,” she said.

Bacani is also a daughter of an OFW. She left her three children as she worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong.

“I was a child, who was left behind by my mother, a migrant domestic worker. Later I myself became a migrant worker. So I have seen both sides of the spectrum. And I was tired of the narrative about these women, whose lives are not celebrated but only shown as a tragic story,” she said.

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Japanese man contracts Wuhan coronavirus even without visiting China

Japanese man contracts Wuhan coronavirus even without visiting China

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Germany records first human to human Wuhan coronavirus transmission

Germany records first human to human Wuhan coronavirus transmission

Germany has confirmed its first novel coronavirus patient who contracted the disease from a Chinese colleague who visited the country last week. Officials said this was the first human-to-human transmission of the virus on the European soil. READ ALSO: Thailand...

Filipinos returning from China to be quarantined for 14 days

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Health and Foreign Affairs officials said that Filipinos who will be returning from China will be quarantined for 14 days amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. “For those who choose to return, you will be taken care of in a health facility for monitoring and further...

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