Benito E. Molino
Benito E. Molino campaign leader

The OFWs are called heroes, but not treated as such. The flood spawned by typhoon Labuyo and aggravated by the mining operations in Sta. Cruz, Zambales did not only destroy agricultural crops and animals, roads, schools, people's properties and water ways it also brought tears to OFWs separated from their families. While the nickel laced flood water is rising in the hardest village of Sta. Cruz, Zambales, a mother in the Middle East who left her three-month young baby could not help but kept weeping when she learned that their community is flooded and that her mom has to exert effort to keep her crying baby safe from the raging flood. She also has to keep calling to make sure that her baby and her parents are still unharmed. She has to do this for at least a day, thus was unable to concentrate on her work. Fortunately, her employer understood her well. This OFW mom may not be the only one who had that feeling of helplessness while their children are in a dangerous situation way back home. Yes, the country is calling them heroes, but our government is not making sure that the families they left behind to keep the country economically afloat are protected from harm like flood, thieves, and other controllable environmental and social conditions. Calling them heroes but not keeping them assured that their families are living safe does not sound well. In Zambales, where the government has the power to minimize flooding and assure the people of their safety from threatening conditions, making the OFWs feel that they are sincerely called heroes could be done. By keeping the province free from any mining operations will certainly keep the province from deluge, in so doing the OFWs will feel that the government is really sincere in calling them heroes.

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