Let me get this straight. First the government does this whole patronizing PR campaign calling our OFWs “Heroes”, then when someone points out that a lot of these heroes are domestic helpers, our senators call it “demeaning”?
Pardon my stupidity, but I don’t see how being a servant is demeaning. These Filipinos working as DHs in foreign lands are doing honest work. Which is more than I can say about, say, those corrupt fat cats in the government. If the only Filipinos a lot of foreigners meet are DHs, it’s not these Filipinos’ fault. It’s not the foreigners’ fault. It’s the fault of our government, for not doing its job of providing well-paying work for our citizens that teachers and international politics majors have to do domestic work in Hong Kong, the Middle East and other foreign countries.
The article by Chip Tsao* was intended as satire. Granted, it’s clumsy and all in all, not very well-written. But if he points out that the Philippines is “a nation of servants”, do not blame the man. We ARE a nation of servants, as far as a lot of the rest of the world is concerned. We ought to vent our ire not on the people who point this out, but on our useless government which has not done anything to provide good jobs within our shores, except to patronize our OFWs with this whole “heroes” rhetoric.
The whole uproar over Tsao’s article is embarrassing, frankly. Yes, we truly are an irony-challenged people, as Jessica Zafra had pointed out a few times. Most of us do not understand satire. All this anger over that article makes us look like a sad, sad bunch of losers. Be angry, if you must, but be angry with the people who are responsible for this mess we are in. Be angry with our self-serving public servants (I use this term loosely) who have run our country to the ground, making our countrymen have to leave their families and friends for years at a time to work as domestic helpers in foreign lands. Be angry with ourselves because we keep electing these clowns to office. To be angry with a mediocre article in a foreign magazine is really a waste of our time.
*Original URL was http://hk-magazine.com/feature/war-home, but I think the piece was pulled down. Hmmm.