This qualitative study focused on the documentation and analysis of the narratives on the diaspora stories of the overseas Filipino workers in Singapore in the contexts of their fear, opportunities, and management initiatives, viewed through management perspectives. The Filipino diaspora has gone global having overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) present in all parts of the world. Push factors motivated many Filipinos to seek better job opportunities in developed countries such as Singapore since it offers higher salaries. However, the length of stay for work in the said country is limited by the working pass. Using narrative inquiry as a research design, data were collected through face-to-face interview with the OFW storytellers working in Singapore for five years and more under working pass. Results were then inferred with the functions of management to surface the management perspectives. The narratives revealed that the storytellers were motivated by better quality of life and higher salary. They fear the unknown and uncertainties on their return home. For the opportunities, storytellers consider putting businesses. For management initiatives, they revealed that companies provide skills development programs that could help them. The narratives surfaced plausible inferences on the planning, leading, organizing, and controlling functions of management. The findings and discussions highlighted the importance of education as a means to equip the OFWs with the necessary skills and knowledge as they prepare for their return home. It reflected the value of education being integral to their personal and professional growth. They appreciate the initiative of their employers of providing opportunities for learning as they aspire to improve their lives.
Leandro Loyola, De La Salle University, Philippines
Mariano de Los Santos, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Philippines
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