Friday, September 25, 2009


Government officials have assured our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are returning home for the holidays a warm welcome and a hassle-free treatment at the airport. Here we go again. That's the same old tune they have been singing every Christmas season - and every Christmas season, the poor OFWs are victimized by crooks and grafters both in and out of government. Don't shoot off your mouths. Just do it and those returning workers will be grateful.

At least 100,000 OFWs are expected to come home. Add to these the permanent Pinoy residents from the US and Canada. Unless our officials can really give them protection and courtesies at the airport, these kababayans of ours are going to complain again. Customs officials should crack down on customs examiners who just have the nasty habit of appropriating for themselves items they take a fancy to while going through the luggage of the returnees. Some are even brazen enough to ask for Christman gifts, especially when they see expensive perfume, signature clothing and quality leather goods brought in by the OFWs. Likewise, the immigration officials should also slap the wrists of immigration people at the airport who make things difficult for the OFWs unless they come across with some cold cash.

Our officials even promised that the OFWs can go through customs and immigration clearance in no more than 25 minutes.

This we gotta see.

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