Next week, the student organization we’re a part of — the Anthropology Society — will sponsor the very first talk for this semester. Every month, the organization holds an informal talk (we call it Kapihan) in which current studies and trends in the academe are discussed. The organization had sponsored a variety of topics such as indigenous laws and state laws, the relationship of social sciences to Philippine politics, the study of folklore in the Philippines across history, mother-tongue language, archaeology in Southeast Asia and many, many more. We also invited politicians, professors and experts to talk about these topics.
In this month’s Kapihan (Kapihan because coffee is called Kape in Filipino; and we serve coffee during the talk), we invited a graduate student from University of Toronto who is doing research here in the Philippines. She is studying the OFW remittances in relation to the economic development of the country. And she will talk about her research on this Kapihan.
The economy of the Philippines is always a good topic to talk about. Our economy relies so much in the international market as the country doesn’t create its own industries that much. As my professor once said, ‘the Philippines is export-oriented and import-dependent”. And recently, multinational investments had decreased in the country. So where do we turn to? (*drum roll please*) Human resource.
An article in Yahoo News says that Philippines will become the “dark horse of the region” (Quote taken from the article). As the population from industrialized countries continue to decline, they will need a big pool of workers for manual labor. The Philippines is a prime choice for manual labor as 80% of the population speak English and are willing to go abroad to work — plus we have a growing rate of population that will enter the workforce (our population will double, from 93 million to 190 million, in 30 years)!
These workers help the Philippine economy as much of their salaries are sent to their families in the Philippines. In fact, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) are presently dubbed as the new heroes of the country because of the big help their giving to keep our economy from breaking down.
The talk will be held at the Anthropology Museum, 3rd floor Palma Hall, Nov. 23 4-5:30. There will be free coffee and free biscuits! Yay!