Balikbayan is a Filipino term for “returning Filipino” to the Philippines. If a Filipino is lucky to be working in Asia or some close countries, he/she can come home once a year or even twice. But, for some who are working in the Middle East, Europe or in America, it’ll take years before they can go home and be with their families. All OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) work hard to give their families back home a better future, even if that means suffering from homesickness and exhaustion. There is no better feeling for an OFW than knowing that after these long excruciating years, he/she will finally be back in the arms of his/her family even for a short period of time.
Tag: expat life
So, I am having my much awaited vacation in the Philippines in a day to attend my brother’s “big day” and I’m pretty excited. Aside from the usual routine of packing your luggage, buying things to be brought back home for the family, making sure you got everything you need for the next 5 days or so, we OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) have another thing on our plate to do before going back home and that is getting an OEC or the Overseas Employment Certificate. Okay, getting an OEC is necessary not because not having this means we cannot return back to our jobs abroad but because having an OEC makes you exempted from paying terminal fee and travel tax which are not really cheap.