Every OFW dreams of returning home for good, run a small business or find a job locally so that the need to leave the family behind is no longer necessary.
However, not all OFW returnees find success at home in business or in landing a job in the local work force.
Mr. Eric Lozenzo’s story is different.
The ex-OFW from Negros Oriental, who paid his dues in the Middle East, did find success at home.
He ventured into the agricultural supply business using what little money his wife saved after working in Saudi Arabia in the last 26 years.
The family’s small store sells fertilizers, certified seeds, chemicals, and other farm supplies and poultry and piggery feeds.
With hard work and a little bit of luck, Mr. Lorenzo opened 2 more branches 2 years after his first store.
Then, two more branches, making it five.
His successful business ventures got the attention of the local NPA’s in Negros.
In 2016, Mr. Lorenzo, tried his hand in sugarcane planting. That was when the NPA sent him a letter demanding three sacks of rice and five thousand pesos a month as revolutionary tax.
Mr. Lorenzo remarked that demands of the NPA (New People’s Army) is within his means but his principle stops him from giving in to the demands of a revolutionary group whose ideology he does not believe in.
Check out the full text of the OPEN LETTER to understand where Mr. Lorenzo is coming from.
“Open Letter to CPP-NDF/NPA Leader Joma Sison and to all NPA Members.
Hope this story will make you proud of what you are doing.
I worked for 25 years under the heat of the sun in the Middle East in order to feed and survive my family. When I feel that my aging body can no longer do my daily job, I had to decide and gamble the small amount of money that my wife had set aside for more than two decades.
After working in Saudi Arabia for nearly 26 years, I finally decided to go home last 2011 in my hometown in Negros Occidental. My wife and I decided to open a small store selling agriculture supply products like fertilizers, certified seeds, chemicals, and other farm supplies and poultry and piggery feeds. I had to gamble my small savings into a business I never tried before.
My business was so profitable that I had to open two more branches after just 2 years. in fact, as of today, I already have 5 branches in 2 cities and 3 neighboring towns in central Negros Occidental.
My growing business has never been a secret to your terrorist group.
It was last year when I started planting sugar cane when your group sent me a letter asking for a monthly revolutionary tax of three sacks of rice and five thousand pesos. The amount of money and the supply of rice was never a problem for me. What bothers me is why asked from someone who made I life out of his own sweat? Is this making you proud?
I am not a person who just gives away my possessions to useless people for free. Even if you harass me and my business, I can still survive, but you, what are you?
Bakit kita kailangang bayaran ng revolutionary tax e hindi naman ako part ng rebolusyon ninyo?
You are nothing but an opportunist and a social cancer. You, Bernabe Buscayno, Ninoy Aquino Jr, and other who founded and made your terrorist group exist until today are the worst thing happened into this beautiful country.
I promise to live longer in order to witness your agony soon…
Your thoughts, please!