The Center for Research and Communication (CRC) has always been up to date with social issues. On April 28, CRC conducted its third RTD dedicated to the phenomena of migration. Introduced by Dr. Bernardo Villegas and Dr. Clement Camposano of the Institute of Political Economy, presentations focused on the status of three distinct kinds of overseas work: maritime (pertaining to working and migrating seamen or sea workers), health services (inclusive of doctors, nurses and those working in the medicine profession abroad) and domestic work and service industry.

Majority of the interaction was allotted to negotiating more substantial laws to protect and serve the overseas worker and their families both in local embassies, recruitment agents and their international counterparts and covering the issue of remittances. Statistics that were shown in each of the presentations stated the present circumstances that the country’s future graduates and migrants are about to face.

These situations are occurring simultaneously with problems in education and in government.

Speakers during the event were Loreto Soriano of LBS Recruitment Solutions Corporation along with Josephine Uranza of the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Director Noriel Devanadera. Along with them, Alfredo Palmiery, President of Federation of Manpower Exporters, Ferdie Pasion of the Association of Overseas Filipino Workers Incorporated) Mariquit Melgar, Chief of Staff of the House of Representatives, Dr. Pedro Guzman, President of Maritime Medical and Laboratory Clinic, and Alvin Ang, Head of Social Research Center, University of Sto. Tomas also contributed and expounded on the issues.