Bridging the gap
December 8, 2009
Did you know that the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) in the Philippines are conducting free lessons or workshops for our kababayans to learn how to access the internet and be able to communicate with their loved ones who are working abroad? Since more than 10% of the Filipino population is working abroad, the Filipinos need to be up to date when it comes to technology in terms of communication. There is a reason why the Philippines is considered to be the text capital of the world.
The internet-the most popular communication tool with the filipino communities- is what I consider one of the few greatest man made invention ever. The internet makes the world a smaller place for everybody. With websites such as friendster, myspace, skype, facebook, multiply, twitter and more, OFW’s would not feel as lonely as they would have when they miss their loved ones and not be able to do anything about it. As long as technology advances it is already assumed that there will be Filipinos using that social tool. Since cellphones are very expensive for long distance calls, people just use the internet to call and text usually through yahoo messenger.
I personally communicate with my loved ones back home by everything and anything on the internet that includes chatting, video chat, social networking sites and I even remit money online too. It makes me feel close to them and we are always updated with each others lives. Because of this, distance is not something that I am scared of being a reason to break relationships. Regardless of time differences also, theres always that one hour where everyone is still awake and thats the time we find to spend with each other online.
It is so amazing to see how technology has evolved throughout these years and see people evolve with it as well. With that said, The internet is a faster and cheaper form of communication that links families and overseas Filipinos.