“Hirap kaming makapagbakasyon. Dati every year ako umuuwi. Gamit na gamit ko ang GCash like sa emergency needs.”
Like many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), such was the experience of Jelmar Angel Orig during the pandemic. Orig, who has been working for more than 13 years abroad, is his family’s breadwinner. Aside from being a full-time Senior Executive Assistant on weekdays, Orig also hustles on the side to make sure he can provide for his family back home.
At an Alagang GCash for OFWs webinar, Orig shared how he has been missing going home to the festive and heart-warming welcome of loved ones. Good thing he can easily connect with his family virtually and show them care and assistance via GCash.
“Nagpapadala ako sa kanila using online remittance. Ako ‘yung eldest, tatlo po ‘yung nag-aaral ng college. Kapag may emergency, padala agad sa GCash kasi real-time natatanggap ‘yung padala,” he shared.
Just like Orig, Davin Feria, an OFW in Saipan, USA, also longs for his family’s company. His yearly homecoming was paused because of the pandemic and the high cost it takes to travel.
“Dapat po yearly pwedeng umuwi. Hindi muna ako umuwi dahil walang pamasahe. ‘Yung pang pamasahe, ipinapadala ko na lang or gagastusin ko dito sa Saipan,” he added.
While these modern-day heroes expressed how they have missed their families in the Philippines, the feeling is mutual for those left at home, as in the case of Mau Mauricio, a flight attendant and son of an OFW who has been based in Germany for 20 years.
Although grateful for the sacrifices of his mom, Mau said: “My mom was able to provide for my needs and send us support. But like what I always tell my mom, it’s not always the material things that are important. It’s time pa rin.”
And to make up for the sacrifices of their loved ones abroad, Jae Miranda, whose brother is an OFW in Singapore, used to make food delivery surprises for his Kuya, who has been their go-to person for emergencies. He also makes sure to make up for the time that his Kuya was not around by giving surprises to their mom, a gesture his brother loves to make.
“May mga days po talaga na nangangailangan. He is our go-to person. Madalas siyang nakakatulong sa amin. Tinulungan niya akong mag-ipon for a camera. Kumbaga binuo niya ang pangarap ko because of all the help that he gave,” said Miranda.
Aside from being homesick, longing for family, and missing special occasions such as birthdays and graduations, OFWs are worried about high remittance charges, long queues at remittance centers, and monitoring the status of their money transfer.
Heeding these concerns, GCash became a significant partner of OFWs in extending their presence to their loved ones, especially during the pandemic. GCash leverages technology to take care of OFWs and their families by ensuring real-time, hassle-free, safe and secure remittances with access to other financial services.
“The valuable services of our OFWs not only benefit their loved ones but also the economy. Because of this, GCash continues to come out with new products and services to deliver fast, affordable, secure, and convenient services to OFWs and their families. We also advocate for financial literacy and the use of financial technology to help them manage their finances responsibly and prepare for their future,” said GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon.
Even abroad, OFWs can still pay household bills, buy load, avail of promos, and purchase goods and services with the GCash mobile app. The app’s new features, GInsure, GInvest, and GLoan, provide OFWs a way to invest in stocks and bonds, ensure the physical well-being of their loved ones, and apply for loans.
GCash is the leading e-wallet platform in the Philippines and is one of the portfolio companies under 917Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe.
The Globe Group strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, highlighting the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. It is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributing to 10 UN SDGs.
To learn more about GCash, visit www.gcash.com.