Domestic workers in Hong Kong. Photo: Asia Times
Domestic workers in Hong Kong. Photo: Asia Times

A Filipino domestic worker in Hong Kong urged children of migrant workers to give more time to their parents.

Domestic worker Marie overheard a fellow Filipina talking to her husband on the phone. Marie said the woman was upset because her children would not answer her calls, reported.

Marie said the woman was also upset with her husband for not answering her calls or messages, and said her family only contacted her whenever they needed money.

The episode inspired Marie to confront the issue on her Facebook page. There, she suggested that children of Filipino migrant workers should make more effort to talk with parents who are working abroad. She called for children to take more care to answer parents’ calls and messages, as hearing the voices of their children helps ease migrant workers’ homesickness.

Being a parent herself, Marie understands the difficulties that Filipinos go through while working abroad. She said she is thankful that her only child always makes time to talk to her, and reminded children that they should still love their parents even if they are working far from home.