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Managing International Labor Migration: The Philippine Experience

  • Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C.
  • Abrigo, Michael Ralph M.

This paper reviews the Philippine international labor migration management infrastructure using Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) framework. Thirty years of government experience in managing high-volume labor migration has resulted to a network of institutions and policies dedicated to promote the welfare of migrant workers. This paper seeks to describe the migration management infrastructure based on the laws and regulations promulgated governing international labor migration, and on the mandates of public institutions created and the procedures it introduced. Consistent with the RIA framework it also describes the impact on the overall international migration sector as well as on a specific component – the household service workers. Although the Philippines is considered by many as the global model in managing international labor migration, indicative weaknesses in the system is recognized. The paper highlights the need for greater coordination among public institutions as well as the strengthening of its manpower composition. It also highlights the fact that the policy initiatives can miss their mark such as the initiative to professionalize the household service workers sector which are either largely ignored or not known to migrant workers concerned.

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Paper provided by Philippine Institute for Development Studies in its series Discussion Papers with number DP 2011-33.

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Length: 30
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2011-33
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  1. Ambito, Julyn S. & Banzon, Melissa Suzette L., 2011. "Review of Philippine Migration Laws and Regulations: Gains, Gaps, Prospects," Discussion Papers DP 2011-37, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  2. Battistella, Graziano & Park, Jung Soo & Asis, Maruja M.B., 2011. "Protecting Filipino Transnational Domestic Workers: Government Regulations and their Outcomes," Discussion Papers DP 2011-12, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. Shah, Nasra M, 2008. "Recent labor immigration policies in the oil-rich Gulf : How effective are they likely to be?," ILO Working Papers 411198, International Labour Organization.
  4. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C. & Abrigo, Michael Ralph M., 2009. "Philippine International Labor Migration in the Past 30 Years: Trends and Prospects," Discussion Papers DP 2009-33, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  5. Orbeta, Aniceto Jr. C. & Cabalfin, Michael R. & Abrigo, Michael Ralph M., 2009. "Institutions Serving Philippine International Labor Migrants," Discussion Papers DP 2009-31, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  6. Tomas, Patricia Sto, 2009. "Protecting migrant workers from the Philippines," ILO Working Papers 431865, International Labour Organization.
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