Labor and Employment

2002 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF)

The number of Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad during the period April to September 2002 reached 1.06 million, up by 2.6 percent from 1.03 million a year ago. Of this total, 93.8 percent or 990 thousand were overseas contract workers (OCWs) or those with existing work-contract abroad. Their number also went up by 2.7 percent from 964 thousand in April to September 2001

Press Release on the 2004 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF)

The number of Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad during the period April to September 2004 reached 1.06 million, up by 8.2 percent from 982 thousand a year ago. Of this total, 92.9 percent (988 thousand) were overseas contract workers (OCWs) or those with existing work-contract abroad. Their number also went up by 5.9 percent from 933 thousand in 2003.

One Out of Five Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs ) is in Saudi Arabia (Results from the 2005 Survey on Overseas Filipinos)

The 2005 estimate of OFWs is 12.5 percent more than the 1.18 million OFWs estimated for the period April to September 2004. The overseas contract workers (OCWs) or those with existing work-contract comprised 91.6 percent of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2005. Their number went up to about 1.22 million or by 10.7 percent over the estimate for the same months in 2004 (1.10 million).

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