OFWs Abandoning Families in Cordillera

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BAGUIO CITY -- At least 30 percent of Overseas Filipino Workers from the Cordillera are reportedly abandoning their loved ones, resulting in dysfunctional families in the community, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration here said.

But while some OFWs are abandoning their families, most of the families of OFWs in the region turn out to be successful in their endeavors, the agency said.

Manuela Pena, OWWA regional director in the Cordillera, said abandonment is just one of the serious negative impacts of overseas employment. She said the agency is implementing interventions to reduce such incidents and sustain wholesome family relationships even if one member of the family is away from home.

Pena said overseas employment brings economic progress to a lot of families but there are social costs.

Pena said cases of OFW abandonment have actually gone down from 50 percent last year to 30 percent this year that could be attributed to the various OWWA interventions.

Among the cases being brought by family members of OFWs to their office are non-remittance, delayed remittance, lack of or no communication, and alleged involvement of a third party. …