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Vol. VI, No. 25      July 30 - August 5, 2006      Quezon City, Philippines

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SALUNGGUHIT

By Flon Faurillo / Bulatlat

High Price for Survival

The government calls overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) “Bagong Bayani” (New Heroes), as they keep the economy afloat with their remittances. But at what cost do they ensure the country’s survival? Amid joblessness and the high cost of living in the homeland, they risk life and limb working even in countries like Lebanon, right now subjected to almost-daily air strikes from Israel, its streets turned into a war-zone endangering innocent civilians. Many of the OFWs in Lebanon have hesitated against going back home even amid a war that could kill them all – citing lack of opportunity in the land of their birth.

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