Overseas Filipino Workers estimated at 2.3 million
The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period
CALABARZON has the biggest share of OFWs
CALABARZON reported the biggest share of OFWs with
There are more female OFWs than male OFWs
There were more females than males among the OFWs, with the female OFWs comprising
Saudi Arabia remains the top destination of OFWs
One out of four (24.3%) OFWs worked in Saudi Arabia, which remained to be the top destination of OFWs in
Elementary occupations is the biggest group of OFWs
Among occupation groups, elementary occupations (37.1%) was the biggest group of OFWs. Other large occupation groups were the service and sales workers (18.8%) and plant and machine operators and assemblers (13.8%). More than half of the female OFWs were in elementary occupations (58.7%). Among the male OFWs, the largest groups were plant and machine operators and assemblers workers (27.8%) (Table 5 and Figure 5).
Total remittances reach 235.9 billion pesos
The total remittance sent by OFWs during the period
The remittances sent by OFWs to their respective families may just be a part of the total salary received by the OFWs. Data on remittances in this report are based on the answers given by the survey respondents to the questions on how much cash remittance was received by the family during the period
One in every three OFWs set aside to save from their cash remittances
The total number of OFWs who sent cash remittances to their families from
Regardless of the amount of the cash remittances sent, for every ten OFWs whose families reported savings from cash remittances received, about
(Sgd.) DENNIS S. MAPA, Ph.D.
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General
The data presented in this press release were taken from the 2018 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF). The SOF aims to derive national estimates on the number of Overseas Filipino Workers, their socio-economic characteristics and the amount and mode of remittances, in cash and in kind, received by their families.
The OFWs covered in this report were those aged 15 years old and over and working abroad during the
OFWs include overseas contract workers (OCWs) who were presently out of the country during the reference period to fulfill an overseas contract for a specific length of time or who were presently at home on vacation during the reference period but still had an existing contract to work abroad, and other Filipino workers abroad with valid working visa or work permits. Those who had no working visa or work permits (tourist, visitor, student, medical, and other types of non-immigrant visas) but were presently employed and working full time in other countries were also included.
In this report, the remittances sent by OFWs to their respective families may just be a part of the total salary received by the OFWs. Data on remittances in this report were based on the answers given by the survey respondents to the questions on how much cash remittance was received by the family during the period
Starting April 2016 round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS), the
The 2012 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC) was adopted starting October 2016. The 1992 PSOC has been used prior to October 2016.