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The Philippines is one of the rare countries in the world where a significant proportion of the country’s GDP comes from remittances from citizens living and working abroad. Many Filipinos have managed to obtain an education, and raise their families – all thanks to the power of remittances. Here is exactly how these remittances to the Philippines have affected Filipinos’ lives.

Impact of Remittances on Filipino Families

Remittances from abroad have a larger impact on Filipino society than we think. One dollar can pay for only a quarter of a small cup of coffee in the States, but that same dollar can buy half a pound of organic coffee in the Philippines when converted to Filipino Pesos. As you can see, remittances, which may only comprise a minuscule component of the sender’s monthly income, mean a lot to their families back in the Philippines. Many Filipinos’ lives have been greatly improved because of remittances that their loved ones have sent while working overseas.


Impact of Remittances on Filipino Society

Due in large part to remittances from overseas Filipino workers, social conditions in the Philippines have been largely improved. The rate of child labor has decreased greatly, accompanied by an increase in child schooling.

Remittances sent to the Philippines also reduce the burden on Filipinos who might otherwise have to work long hours to support their families, freeing up time for them to pursue education and spend time with their loved ones. This has a beneficial effect on society in general by improving the well-being and literacy rates of the population. It also leads to a better-educated workforce that contributes more to the Philippines economy and the country as a whole.

Impact of Remittances on the Philippines Economy

The Philippines has a high percentage of its population living and/or working overseas. Statistics show that a whopping 17% of Filipino families receive money from overseas remittances. The Filipino economy owes a great deal to remittances from Filipinos working abroad. 10% of the GDP is derived from remittances, which is a greater percentage than almost any other country in the world.

As a result, the purchasing power of Filipinos has been greatly increased, enabling them to enjoy improved living conditions. Some entrepreneurial Filipinos have also set up businesses with money from remittances, providing a much-needed stimulus to the Philippines economy.

Filams Are a Powerhouse

Currently, there are 1.7 million Filipinos living or working in the United States, and many more Americans of Filipino descent who still retain strong ties to the Philippines. Compared to many other immigrant groups in the USA, Filams (Filipino Americans) tend to be better educated and earn more in general. A significant proportion of Filams who remit money back to the Philippines also manage to save while sending money home.

Remittances have played a crucial role in shaping the society and economy of the Philippines. Many Filipinos living abroad who send money to the Philippines on a regular basis, are modern heroes to their families. Without their heartfelt contributions, the Philippines of today would be a vastly different place.

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