By UN Women
UN Women Philippines launched in 2012 a video documentary: "For Good: Stories of Return to the Philippines" to raise the public awareness on the plight of women migrant workers and their families. The documentary explored four facets of return and reintegration of women migrant workers using interviews based on actual experiences of Filipine women returnees from Middle East and North African region.
The documentary investigated initiatives on return and integration of a local government and a non-government organization– a programme to empower returnees and best match them to the local job market. Interviews were conducted with women migrant workers and their families, recruitment agencies, with national and local government officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers.
"The greatest fear is when I go back home, what should I do?" Myrna Padilla, a former OFW said.
"Reintegration does not only mean people coming home for good. It's as I said, it's really preparing for the return, whenever that may be. Reintegration services should be responsive to the needs of the OFWs. Our number one concern is their desire for redeployment. Each one is a case by itself, and each one has his or her own experience to share. We are dealing with human beings that has identity and individual differences. And at the end of the day, that individual differences would matter," Vivian Tornea, Director of National Reintergration Center for OFW said.