BusinessMirror Editorial: The unrepresented majority
Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010
IN a country that showers with praise the millions of its workers who toil in foreign lands at great sacrifice to themselves and their families while shoring up the Philippine economy—for nearly four decades—it’s ironic that at press time, most of the many party-list groups claiming to represent the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are uncertain of victory.
“[Running for the party-list elections] seems to be an exercise in futility for these groups. This has been happening in past elections before,” Francisco Aguilar Jr. of the Partidong Pandaigdigang Pilipino said, in apparent exasperation, in an interview with the nonprofit OFW Journalism Consortium (OFWJC).
Among the groups that ran with a claim to represent the OFWs are the Alyansa ng OFW, Ahon Pinoy, Action Brotherhood for Active Dreamers, Akbay Pinoy National Organization, Adhikaing Alay ng Marino sa Sambayanan, KALAHI Sectoral Party, Pamilyang OFW-SME Network, Ang Kapisanan ng mga Seaman and United Filipino Seafarers.
Yes, it’s unfortunate that Toots Ople, the only one among the senatorial candidates who actually did anything to protect OFW rights, did not make it to the top 12 winning candidates. I’m pretty sure though that despite this setback, she will continue her advocacy and her hard work in the field. God bless, Toots.