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Are Filipinos in UAE ready to return home this 2020?


DUBAI – What are the top two factors that will prompt Filipinos in the UAE to go home for good? Professionals and experts shared their views at a recent forum in Dubai.

According to Filipinos at the recent FEME Forum called Planning Your 2020, they will only go home for good if they have already made significant savings and upgraded their skills and knowledge.

“Our main purpose in working abroad is to earn money so we need to maximize our potential in earning here and to really make sure that whatever we have earned is being managed well so all our goals will be achieved in the designated time,” said Rein Francisco, a registered associate financial planner.

Francisco encouraged Filipinos in the UAE to come up with smarter financial objectives by evaluating and re-evaluating their goals.

Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, on his visit to Dubai in December, had summarized the goal of overseas Filipino workers: “Earn. Learn. Return”.

Allen Samonte, Jr., one of the speakers at the forum, explained that Filipinos in the UAE must strive to learn more “because we need to be ready to return as we don’t know when that day would be.”

“Most especially now that time and situations are rapidly changing we need to gain the adoptability quotient because that is an apparent need of this time,” Samonte added. He said that expatriates can opt for free lessons from YouTube and LinkedIn to upgrade their knowledge and skills.  AL/Expat Media

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