Social remittance as a concept is not something new in the Filipino diaspora. In the 1800’s, the ideas in the novels of Dr. Jose Rizal and the writings from the La Solidaridad by Filipino heroes paved the way for a revolution.
In the 21st century, blogging is the new form of social remittance of Filipinos working and living abroad. Through their blogs, they are publishing their stories to inspire others, advocate causes, help others and muster support from their readers to help effect change in their own little ways.
For more than 30 years, Filipinos have been in constant motion for greener pastures due to poverty and limited job opportunities in the country. Today, the unemployment rate is still high at 7.2%, which does not include those who consider themselves underemployed.
Diaspora is more than a phenomenon; it is a necessity when Filipinos migrate to work or reside permanently in the West and other developed countries.