Tuesday, July 6, 2010

LBC Helps OFWs Ensure Kids' Education

Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs work abroad to find employment to be able to support their families back home. Wikipedia reports that they comprise about 8.7 to 11 million of Filipinos worldwide or 11% of the total population of the Philippines. The government has considered OFWs as one of the great contributors to the growing economy of the country due to the money they send back, which amounts to more than US$10 billion (in 2005).

Education is utmost important to parents. Many OFWs work hard abroad to provide for their children's tuition and other school expenses, making remittances crucial for their kids. Crucial in such away that they want to make sure their remittances arrive safely and on time.

Through many years, LBC has proven to be the "hari ng pagdala" (leader in courier services), especially now that they want to help OFWs ensure their kids' continuous education by offering LBC Pera Padala -- an extremely fast and reliable service, facilitating same-day encashment deliveries of money remittances from provinces nationwide and abroad.

Here is a real-life testimonial from JR, a copywriter for an ad agency who had a migrant father in a far province:
“From elementary school till high school, my father was posted in Zamboanga. He worked at the port area for the customs bureau. Usually, he would come home two or three times a year. Not surprisingly, he would send my tuition money through LBC Peso Padala,” says JR.

JR says he was an average to above average student but excelled in his English subjects. He did not bother to try out for a scholarship (“I was too afraid of not making the grade requirement,” he admits.) so he needed his tuition money to arrive in time for the enrolment period.

“When I was in high school, I moved from a public school to a private school. Siyempre, mas mahal na ang tuition doon. The school administrators are also more strict about payment deadlines. Kasi dati, in our public school, napapaki-usapan kahit medyo late payment for one or two days. So when I transferred to the private school, my father would send my high school tuition through LBC Peso Padala because in his experience, fast and reliable daw,” says JR.

JR’s father was a diabetic and sometimes stayed aboard cargo ships to inspect them as part of his job as customs officer. JR remembers that sometimes, his dad would be stricken with gout or would be unable to leave the ship he was inspecting. Such circumstances became a problem if they happened close to the enrolment period.

“And sometimes, my dad would even forget that my enrolment was due the next day, or he would be sick, or busy. That was when we all appreciated how fast and reliable LBC Peso Padala could be. It’s a good thing that LBC Peso Padala is extremely fast: it arrives to the recipient on the same day it was sent. So I still was able to pay for my tuition, even if the money arrives on enrolment day,” JR recalls.

LBC Peso Padala remittances can be received through instant branch pick-up at any of the 850 LBC branches nationwide. LBC is committed to serving Filipinos no matter where they are, serving as a vital link between OFWs, migrant workers, and family members around the world.


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