Confab on OFW, family concerns set

Confab on OFW, family concerns set

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, an estimated 2.2 million Filipinos worked abroad at some point during the period April to September 2016.

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

March 12, 2018


To address the growing concern about the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families left behind in the country, the Center for Research and Communication (CRC) will hold a conference on “Keeping the OFW Family Together” at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Pasig City on March 21, 2018.

The conference aims to engage government agencies, private recruitment agencies, NGOs, the business sector, and others involved in the migration industry, OFWs and their families, members of academic community and associations, and institutions on marriage and family, in a one-day discussion on the condition of OFW families and ways to keep them together despite the space and time that separate them.

Interdisciplinary approach to OFW family concerns

The conference will feature initiatives toward OFW family reintegration by the National Center for OFWs (NRCO), the Bank of Philippine Islands, and the Resilience Program (REPRO).

Other topics to be tackled are “Trends in Family Consumption” by IRemit’s Bansan Choa and “Labor Migration Policies and Laws Affecting OFW Families” by Susan Ople of the Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute.

Dr. Veronica Ramirez, holder of the UA&P – BPI Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, will speak on “OFW Health Concerns.”

Guest parents and students will also give testimonies.

Book series to better serve OFWs

The Center for Research and Communication also came out with “Working Overseas:  Diaspora that Sustains the Nation”, a six-part book series, edited by Dr. Veronica E. Ramirez, that brought together insights from CRC research and various forums aimed at developing migration policies to better serve OFWs. The book series is a result of its research on the roots of and solutions to the socio-economic costs and benefits of exporting Filipino manpower.

The book series – consisting primarily of research papers, speeches, conference proceedings, and abstracts of student theses concerning OFWs – provide a comprehensive view of overseas Filipino workers’ concerns such as recruitment and deployment, skills training, worker protection, wage and compensation, social protection, reintegration, and entrepreneurship.

For inquiries and registration, interested parties may contact Bianca Raon or Rio Quiza at telephone number (02) 637-0912, local 248 and 350, fax number 634-5874, or email at,,