The Power of Protection: An OFW's Journey Home

February 23, 2024

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The promise of a brighter future, adventure, and personal growth often fuels the Filipino dream of working abroad. While many find success and fulfillment overseas, the reality doesn't always match the initial excitement. Unexpected challenges, unforeseen circumstances, and even exploitation can turn that dream sour.

She started her journey with excitement as she embarked on her job as a registered nurse in London, United Kingdom, in 2021. She was a community nurse providing house-to-house medical services to patients.  Through her visits, she brought the genuine care and empathy that Pinoy nurses are known for throughout the world.

During her vacation in Bacolod in 2022, she shared how much she loved her job in the UK with her family and friends. Little did she know that her life would take an unexpected turn early in 2023 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer. With the heartbreaking news, she kept her condition a secret from her family.  It was only her fiancée who knew of her diagnosis, and it was the Compassionate Visit Benefit of her OFW insurance from Paramount that helped him fly to the UK to be by her side.

As her condition worsened despite receiving medical care, the decision was made to go back home and spend time with her family. This required coordination among various public and private agencies, ultimately leading to the successful facilitation of the medical repatriation. 

Paramount's capability to organize a complex medical evacuation highlighted the invaluable role of insurance in providing financial protection and peace of mind to OFWs and their families during times of crisis. Beyond medical repatriation, Paramount’s OFW insurance covers a range of benefits, including natural and accidental death, permanent total disablement and dismemberment, and a subsistence allowance. These benefits serve as a safety net, ensuring that OFWs are protected from unforeseen circumstances even when they are thousands of miles away from home.

This is just one of the many disheartening stories of our OFWs, some are even tragic.  Instances of maltreatment, discrimination, wrongful accusations, trafficking and even murder are just a fraction of the unforeseen challenges they face abroad. In the end, her story and the rest of the OFWs is not just about the challenges they face, but also about the resilience, love, and support that carry them through. It's a testament to the strength of the Filipino spirit and the importance of being prepared for whatever life may bring.  

If you or someone in your family is working abroad, get the necessary protection for overseas employment with OFW Insurance.  For a hassle-free application, go to

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