I got this captured image from the face book wall of a Filipino friend in Vietnam who is involved in an English Language School. I felt surprised and overwhelmed being a Filipino after reading this. I met this Filipino friend when out of boredom from my previous job, I tried to source for a part time teaching job in Vietnam since I am staying in the Cambodia-Vietnam boarder and Ho Chi Min City is only an hour ride from my place of work. My queries were immediately responded and since then, I have maintained a professional relationship with that school with an intention to build up a network within the Filipino community.
Before I worked abroad, I was thinking that Philippines does not really offer a high quality education because I've seen a number of protests from the student sector trying to pursue an upgrade in our current educational system. I'm not so sure about all these but when I first came here in Cambodia to work, I had the chance to meet a lot of people from different countries in South East Asia and I am proud to say that Filipinos are by far the most advanced in as far as proficiency in the English language is concerned. Do you know that in International schools in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, they never offer any teaching job to our neighboring countries in South east Asia. Their job ads would read, "English Teachers Wanted: Native Speakers and Filipinos ONLY!" Doesn't it sound so good?
Now that Philippines was named first in the world in Business English proficiency, I'm pretty sure that Filipinos will have lot more opportunities working abroad. Well, it's nice to know that amidst all the problems confronting the country, there is still another reason to celebrate. This only proves that we still managed to be upfront as far as human resources is concerned and it will be expected that more and more Filipinos will be seeking for jobs abroad. I do hope that our government will take this in consideration and uplift the living standard of our own teachers in the Philippines. We might have a brain drain soon. This is precisely the reason why despite of the fact that teaching is my passion, I have chosen to join the corporate field in search for a higher paying job.
Anyway, this is still a good news for all Filipinos as we will be more competitive more than ever and this means high paying jobs for our countrymen in the years to come.