AUTHOR/S: Liezl Laganza-Solidor, Liza L. Vallescas
DATE COMPLETED: February 03, 2014
The study investigated the demographic profile of 31 Grade 5 and 6 OFW children in the Ateneo de Davao University in SY 2011-2012; the 38 parents left behind or the guardians and their concerns; the children’s academic performance and their relationship with OFW parents and people to whom they had been entrusted. Interview and questionnaires were used; statistical tools were frequency and percentages. Results show positive and negative effects of parents working abroad. Positive effects mentioned were: comfortable living, access to good education, provision of material things and excelling in studies, for some. Negative effects were: difficulty in coping with loneliness and missing parents especially on special occasions. Despite distance, parents monitored children through modern communication tools. Left-behind parents or guardians expressed concerns hoping school could help. The researchers recommend that the Grade School Student Development Center create a program for Anak OFWs and that other similar researches be pursued.
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