UA&P ties up with BPI for Migration/OFW Chair


 The Center for Research and Communication (CRC) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation, Inc., establishing the BPI Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work (MOFW) on February 3, 2014 at the BPI Head Office. For three years, the holder of the professorial chair will undertake intensive research on migration and development to guide policy makers, and publish teaching resource materials on the integration of migration into the K-12 BEC subjects. – Read more

Activities for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work

Research on No Placement Fee Policy presented to key stakeholders in the Recruitment Industry


The CRC Study on “NO PLACEMENT FEE Policy: Implications to Philippine Migration Industry” was presented by Dr. Veronica E. Ramirez to key stakeholders in the recruitment industry on March 28, 2017 at the University of Asia and the Pacific. The study was completed in May 2016 by Dr. Ramirez and teammates Atty. Jeremy Gatdula and Mr. Greg Mabbagu.

The forum was opened by Mr. Loreto Soriano, who described the current situation of OFWs. Participants were members of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc., (PASEI), Australia and New Zealand Association of Employment Providers of the Philippines (ANZAEPP), Japan Employment Providers of the Philippines and Consultants’ Association (JEPPCA), Pilipino Manpower Agencies Accredited to Taiwan, Inc. (PILMAT), Keys Placement, Inc., Grand Placement, LBS Recruitment Solutions, and EyeQuest International Manpower Services, Inc.


The Association for Professionalism in Overseas Employment, Inc. (ASPROE), headed by Mr. Rene Cristobal with Mr. Angelito Hernandez, president of Industrial Personnel and Management Services (IPAMS), participated actively in the forum moderated by Ms. Nora Braganza and Mr. Russel Garcia.

Mr. Jesus Noel Litan, president of ANZAEPP, emphasized, “There is a wealth of information included in the study that we can use. We can share the study for whatever purpose it may serve for the future of this industry.”


Dr. Veronica Ramirez Joins PHILAAK Goodwill Mission to Kuwait


The Philippine Association of Agencies to Kuwait (PHILAAK), completed its Goodwill Mission to Kuwait last March 4 to 8. The objective of the Mission was to discuss ways of promoting OFW protection and welfare in Kuwait.

The Association, together with former Kuwait Labor Attaché Atty. Angelo Jimenez, Dr. Veronica Esposo Ramirez of the University of Asia and the Pacific and the officers of the Coalition for Licensed Agencies Deploying Domestic and Service Workers (CLADS), was welcomed warmly by the Filipino Community as well as the different Kuwait offices that were visited.


Dr. Veronica Ramirez

On March 4, there were fruitful dialogues with the officers and members of the strong Filipino Association of Secretaries of Employment Agencies in Kuwait (FILSEAK), as well as with the representatives of the Filipino Community (FILCOM) and media. It was overwhelming how the associations assured each other of collaborative work towards systematic and effective management of OFW work in Kuwait.

PHILAAK also made official visits to the office of Honorable Labor Attaché Padaen and His Excellency Renato Villa, Ambassador of the Philippines to the State of Kuwait.  Together with Ambassador Villa, a visit was made to the Kuwait Parliament. Labor Attaché Padaen was also with the PHILAAK in their visit to the General Administration for Residency Affairs Investigation.


Amb. Renato Villa

The mission culminated with the Welfare Management Program  (WMP) for  Foreign Recruitment Agency owners and their Secretaries on March 6, which was attended by 350 participants. It can be recalled that two successful WMP seminars were conducted in the Philippines on August 19, 2015 and October 6, 2016.

The outputs of the Mission will guide concrete steps towards the protection and welfare of OFWs in Kuwait.

Not just an association of recruitment agencies, PHILAAK is a service-oriented association that serves Overseas Filipino Workers, recruitment personnel and management for Kuwait employment. By facilitating personal and professional development activities, it encourages them towards excellent overseas work.

UA&P Research Team Vists Philippine Transmarine Carriers


From the PTC Group Waves official e-bulletin, 13(2), February 2017

A research team from the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) conducting a study on the Philippine maritime industry visited PTC on February 1, 2017 to meet with PTC CEO Gerardo Borromeo, PTC Senior Executive Director for Government Affairs Ronald SJ Enrile and other resource persons from the organization. The research team, comprised of UA&P professors of different disciplines, aims to gain a deeper understanding of the maritime industry intended for their research. The results of this collaboration will serve as the basis for relevant policy formulation necessary in the realization of the Blue Philippines Framework.

PACUCOA 2016 Best Research Award: Migrant Education in Philippine HEIs


Availment and Utilization of OFW Reintegration Loans


Common Health Problems of Filipino Overseas HSWs




Dr. Veronica Ramirez - Other Activities


Dr. Veronica Ramirez Presents Migration Research in Mexico

Dr. Veronica Ramirez presented two research papers on entitled, “Maximizing Remittances to the Philippines towards Integral Human Development” and “Foreign Students in Philippine Education: Trends and Challenges.” This was at the 2015 International Metropolis Conference in Mexico City on Sept. 8 and 9, 2015 – Read more

Exploring Research Priorities on Overseas Filipinos’ Life and Work in the Middle East

Despite the growing number of OFWs in the Middle East, minimal research has been conducted on their life and work; their families left behind; and the different phases of overseas work from pre-departure to reintegration. In addition, priority research topics have not yet been identified, while psychological difficulties among OFW children, relational troubles among spouses, and problems with savings call for evidence-based interventions. – Read more

Life Beyond Retirement: A Round Table Discussion on Retirement in the Philippines

RTD on Retirement in the Philippines

Attracting more foreign long-stay tourists to the Philippines is a lucrative industry, yet there is a need to truly understand their concerns: How do they want to spend their “second youth”? What dreams do they want to fulfill? This will broaden the retirement industry’s perspective from profit generation to better understanding retirees as persons – Read more

Social Enterprise: Promoting Effective OFW Reintegration


Stakeholders from government, migration and social enterprise came together to discuss opportunities for the productivity and livelihood of OFW returnees, such as investment prospects, livelihood programs, and opportunities in housing, transportation franchising, small businesses in the energy sector, and agribusiness. – Read more

Dr. Veronica Ramirez Completes Training in Migration and Integration in Canada

Dr. Veronica Ramirez is now an alumna of Metropolis Professional Development (MPD) as she has completed the Training Programme for Migration and Integration Professionals held at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from June 23 to 28, 2014. The training was sponsored by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). – Read more

Metropolis Professional Development (MPD) Video

This video provides a broad overview of the Metropolis Professional Development training program and what participants can expect. For more information and to register please see

Strengthening Maritime Education: Issues and Strategies Round Table Discussion


Representatives of select maritime institutions, the PACUCOA, and government agencies discussed improvements to maritime education, in light of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) audit. Areas for action that emerged included institutional management, maritime education in the K-12 curriculum, and the advantages of program accreditation. – Read more

The Maritime Industry’s Role in the Promotion of Integral Human Development

The maritime industry plays a vital role in the country’s economic development. However, while seafarers are deployed for months, who takes care of their families? Is the topic “family” integrated in the curriculum of maritime training?  How do private shipping firms promote family welfare, and what are the implications of these initiatives to nation building and integral human development? – Read more

“Working Overseas: Diaspora that Sustains the Nation” Book Launch
The authors and Hon. Patricia Sto. Tomas

“The overseas Filipino worker fuels much of our economy. We have to take a longer-term look at what it means for our workers to leave families behind. We should all prepare both the OFW and the family right here in the Philippines. In the end, it is the nation that should help the diaspora”–former DOLE Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas. – Read more

The OFW Conference: A Second Look at the Overseas Employment Program


Government officials and OFW stakeholders came together to discuss means to effectively manage overseas migration and enhance workers’ protection, such as plans for the Overseas Employment Program, workers’ welfare initiatives, reintegration programs, and partnerships to assist OFWs between the private and government sectors. – Read more

The Phenomenon of Migration


This round table discussion focused on the status of overseas work in the maritime, health services, and domestic work sectors. Participants noted the need for substantial laws to better serve overseas workers and their families, to regulate recruitment agencies, and to protect OFW remittances, vis-a-vis challenges in education and governance. – Read more