MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is a major source of labor migrants for many countries across the world, with a history of migration that dates back to the 1970s. (READ: INFOGRAPHIC: A history of migration)
Today, almost every Filipino family knows at least one person working overseas. (READ: INFOGRAPHIC: Getting to know OFWs)
Remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are a major boost to the Philippine economy.
Rappler spoke with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac about government efforts to streamline processes and services for OFWs, the dangers of illegal recruitment, and the role of technology in ensuring the ethical recruitment of OFWs.
In this first episode of the #BalikBayan podcast, where we discuss issues that matter to the overseas Filipino community, we learn about preventive mechanisms against abuse and exploitation of OFWs and pending proposals to upgrade state regulatory measures in the interest of Filipino migrant workers. – Rappler.com
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