Labor and Employment

Nearly Half of the Total OFWs are in CALABARZON, Central Luzon and NCR

The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2008 reached 2.0 million as reported by their families. The 2008 estimate represents an increase of 14.6 percent over the 1.7 million OFWs estimated for the period April to September 2007. The Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contract abroad comprised 94.0 percent (1.9 million) of the total OFWs during the period April to September 2008. This number is 16.6 percent more than the 1.6 million OCWs for the same period in 2007.

2011 Annual Labor and Employment Status (Comparative Annual Estimates for 2010 and 2011)

In 2011, out of the 61.9 million population 15 years old and over, about 40.0 million were in the labor force or economically active. This figure translates to an annual labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 64.6 percent. In 2010, the LFPR was 64.1 percent. Among regions, MIMAROPA and Northern Mindanao registered the highest annual LFPR both at 70.0 percent, while ARMM posted the lowest at 55.6 percent (Table 1).

Women in Agriculture

Based on 2002 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF), male operators dominated agriculture sector. Of the 4.8 million agricultural operators, 89 percent are males while only 11 percent are females. Agricultural operators had a median age of 46 years. This means that half of the agricultural operators were below 46 years old. The median age among male agricultural operators was 45 years old while among female agricultural operators was 56 years old. This means that female agriculture operators were generally older than their male counterpart.

Overseas Filipino Women

The number of the overseas Filipino workers registered in the October 2006 Survey on Overseas Filipinos is 1.52 million. The number of female overseas workers is 764, which is 2% more than the number of male overseas workers in the same year. From the same survey conducted in October 2007, there were 1.75 million overseas Filipino workers or an increase of 232 thousand from 2006. The sex ratio among overseas Filipino workers is 104 males per 100 females. The number of female Filipino workers increased by 93 thousand from 764 thousand in 2006 to 857 thousand in 2007.


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