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Story of Teen Using OFW Mom’s Remittance for Drugs Featured on Anti-Drugs Ad

It is a sad reality in life that a lot of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) willingly go to other countries and work difficult menial jobs just so they can provide a better future for their families yet they end up with broken homes because their partners find a new love back home while their kids can also end up as spoiled brats or even drug users because they have lots of money to spend on things they wanted!

Of course, not all OFW families end up that way – in fact, many have wonderful stories to tell of how their futures have, indeed, become better and brighter thanks to their parents/children being OFWs.

Still, the reality of drug abuse among children of OFWs and rich kids is something that should not be ignored. This is the reason why the subject was tackled by award-winning director Brillante Mendoza who created a short film produced by the Presidential Communications Office in partnership with the MTRCB as commissioned by the Duterte government in its fight against illegal drugs.

OFW and son
Composite image of screenshots from the film shared by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)

In the touching short story, a teen asked Php5,000 from his OFW mom as the remittance she sent wasn’t enough – but while she struggled to cope with several jobs just so she could send him the money, he uses it to buy drugs, instead!

She continues to send the teen money, not knowing that he was already becoming addicted to drugs. He would eventually get himself in trouble; though, lucky for him, he did not end up dead in the streets. Still, he was in deep trouble! His mom, how was on her way home to the Philippines at the time, could only cry as he asked for her help…

Mother TVC (Full Version)May oras pa para labanan ang droga at matulungan ang mga kabataan.

Hindi lang ito laban ng gobyerno; laban ito ng bawat Pilipino.

Be a #PartnerForChange against drugs.

This film was created by award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and produced by the Presidential Communications Office in partnership with the MTRCB.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Dangerous Drugs Board, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, PDEA, Philippine National Police, Department of Health (Philippines), DepEd Philippines, Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Indeed, there is a need for the country and all its citizens to fight as one so as to stop drugs from corrupting the minds and lives of the youth! It is with great optimism that we hope this film would have a huge impact in all viewers to change their ways before it is too late…

WATCH: Anti-Drug Ad Shows Heartbreaking Effect of Illegal Drugs on User’s Family

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