Filipina OFW, unsatisfied with the Canadian Government’s Canadian Emergency Response Benefit’s monthly financial aid of $2,000.
Nym Galvez, a Filipina Overseas Filipino Worker based in Canada and worked in the hotel industry, becomes viral and was criticized by fellow OFWs for organizing a rally amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nym Galvez became viral and was rained with criticism for her statement at a Canadian-based broadcasting network, CBC News. According to her the Canada Emergency Response Benefit of $2,000 Canadian dollars, which amounts to Php 70,000 in the Philippines, is not enough. She explains that it is not enough because she is raising a family in the Philippines, when asked what she was fighting for, Galvez said that the Canadian Government should lessen the workload of her and her colleagues at the hotel industry. Many of her colleagues are laid-off and do not have any jobs because hotel operations are at a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Galvez, a hotel attendant, asked the Canadian Government to find a long term solution to hotel workers like her, she also added that hotel companies in the industry only thinks about their revenues and did not even care about the welfare of their own employees employed in their companies.
Many OFW based in Canada labeled her as an “ingrate” as she was not grateful to the Canadian Government, they said that she already received two months worth of financial aid, many were also annoyed with her as they speculated that she lived a life of luxury as that is the reason why she complained about the financial aid given by the Canadian Government. Others also reiterated that life in Canada is much better than in the Philippines during the pandemic as claiming the Social Amelioration Program was difficult to compare to her situation in Canada.