Not all of the OFWs working abroad were unable to finish their education. In fact, many of them were professionals and were hired in ‘white-collar’ jobs in the Philippines. Sad though, with the little compensation that they receive, that’s when they’ve thought of leaving the country as they search for a greener pasture.
Among them, Joann Tamundong who was in her thirties was a private school teacher in her hometown, Tarlac. She left the country in 2013 to try her luck and landed in Oman to serve an Arab family. Right after finishing her 2-year contract in the Middle East, she then applied for a job in Hong Kong and was taken in.
Unfortunately, her dream of working in Hong Kong had failed her as according to her, she cannot stand the character of her employers. In fact, she even spent P39,000 just for training, medical and other requirements just to be able to work there. She claimed that what she had spent was not worth working in the said country.
On September 24, Tamundong took a LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) for OFWs in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was supposed to go back to her previous shelter to get the registration fee receipt as perhaps because of so much stress, she forgot to bring it as proof of her payment. Luckily, exam supervisor Gregorio Delloro of the Professional Regulation Commission team gave her the permission to take the exam.
After taking the exam, Tamundong plans on returning to the Philippines as she waits for the result, hoping she would make it for the second time after failing the same when she first took it in 2013.
“Kapag pumasa ako, magtuturo na ako. Hindi na ako mag-o-OFW.”
On the other hand, she said, if she wouldn’t be that fortunate, she will go back working as an OFW for a new employer and will just finish another 2-year contract before she eventually returns home for good and continue her profession as a teacher in Tarlac.
Aside from Tamundong, there were other two teachers who took the LET namely Cyrill Mariano from Isabela who was working in Macau and Johna May Alicaycay from Cagayan who was also working in Hong Kong. Just like Tamundong, they expressed their desire to go back and teach in the Philippines if permitted to be able to pass the exam.
Hopeful in getting positive results, the three OFWs look forward to returning home so they can stay for good with their respective families.
Indeed, there’s no place like home!