Why does sometimes Filipinos reacts as if they are the only race being trodden down by other races in regards to working abroad and create a sympathy that OFWs are modern day Filipino heroes?
Why create a self-pitiful and poor self-image and accept the reality that if their work ethics is wrong, then it is wrong; accept it; why felt insecure?
Lately, the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. demand public apology from council member of the District of Columbia name Marion Barry for criticizing their local hospitals for hiring Filipino nurses.
According to the report Marion Barry’s statement includes insinuation against Filipino nurses to be not trustworthy in terms of nursing patients and unprofessional in their dealings with patients and suggest that the District of Columbia should hire their own local registered nurses instead rather than hiring foreign nurses.
Barry was firm in his statement that he will not do a public apology for the Filipino nurses for he said what he utter is right and true that Asians just work to meet their American dreams and he just promote patrioticism and nationalism on his own District and his statement was taken out of context.
Here what Council member of the District of Columbia Marion Barry said: ““In fact, it’s so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you’ll find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines. And, no offense, but let’s grow our own nurses, so that we don’t have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places, having to hire people from somewhere else,”
However, in contrast, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia, states that Barry’s remarks are “intolerant” and “narrow-minded” and defended the Filipino nurses: “..“Filipino nurses are known to be competent, hardworking, caring, and possess good work ethic. These are some of the reasons why most patients prefer and trust them. Like many good citizens, they pay their taxes and contribute to the American economy..”
However, to my own opinion and experience with registered Filipino nurses, there is some part Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia’s statement which are not true. Some registered Filipino nurses are sometimes reliant to what they only learn from their courses within the University they have taken their nursing career; and lacks experience and expertise and proficiency.
So, is not only right that Filipino nurses should be criticized? It is the lacking of the Philippine government why registered Filipino nurses abroad were the eye of criticism or were malign from their foreign bosses and even on foreign community offline and online; few only are successful and commended.
Filipino Nurses should take the criticism an opportunity to work hard and be professional than cry “foul!” and lament and resent it like a little child that wears too much self-pity.