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OFW Mental Health: Breaking Free from Struggle in Silence

By |February 23rd, 2024|Expertise, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, News, Professorial Chairs|

Dr. Veronica E. Ramirez is conducting a Policy Forum Series on her research study entitled, "Patterns of Detection and Treatment of Mental Health Problems among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs): Implications to Psychosocial Support Services” in different regions. The research study is funded by DOST-PCHRD Health Research Policy Translation, Evaluation, and Engagement (POLISEE) Grants Program in collaboration ... continue reading

Patterns of Detection and Treatment of Mental and Behavioral Disorders among OFWs

By |July 25th, 2023|Expertise, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, News, Professorial Chairs|

Most OFW patients experienced panic attacks, schizophrenia, paranoia, anxiety, and extreme fear due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This occurred either in their country of work, while in hotel quarantine during their return to the Philippines, or during their reintegration in their respective communities. Mental health problems have different levels, ranging from temporary behavioral disorders to ... continue reading

OFW money-sending: a long and winding path

By |March 1st, 2023|Expertise, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, News, Professorial Chairs|

World Bank reported that the Philippines received USD 33 billion remittances in 2017, third to India (USD 69b) and China (USD 64b). Despite employment bans and various causes of repatriations, WB predicts, “Global remittances are expected to increase this year, by 4.1 percent.” Good news for industries such as real estate, finance, consumer goods, insurance ... continue reading

How Covid-19 Has Impacted the Remittances of OFWs and the Country’s Macroeconomy

By |January 6th, 2023|CRC Insights, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, Social Economics|

“Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, remittances remained resilient. Based on the results from the model simulated for our first objective, it showed that remittances actually cushion GDP, consumption, and national savings in hard times. Literature also showed how Filipinos send more money in times of distress to help households cope.” ... continue reading

How The OFWs’ Situations Have Changed Due to the ‘Pandemic’

By |October 27th, 2022|CRC Insights, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, Social Economics|

“The host government strategies reveal the strength of leadership and stability of social service system. The more comprehensive the government social services, the better it can protect the welfare of its laborers, including foreign workers.” … The situation of foreign workers in different countries and ... continue reading

The Workers behind Migrant Work

By |October 21st, 2022|Expertise, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, News, Professorial Chairs|

We probably know bits and pieces about overseas employment from what we see in the news and social media but we may not fully appreciate the process and the people behind overseas work. This is what this article describes. Many  of those who attempt to apply for work abroad think that they can do so ... continue reading

New Challenges of OFWs Amidst the Pandemic

By |October 3rd, 2022|CRC Insights, Family and Youth Education, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work|

“Why then should they seek work overseas? The quick answer is that there is a surge in unemployment as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the months of lockdown - and leaving the country may be the only hope they have for landing a job.” ... continue reading

What Drives Workers to Go Abroad?

By |February 22nd, 2022|CRC Insights, CRC Publications, Expertise, Migration and Overseas Filipino Work|

“What drives workers to go abroad is not absolute poverty or unemployment. The majority of the workers who go abroad have skills that are remunerated at levels three to ten times (even more in the case of seafarers) what they can earn here. In fact, the ones who become OFWs are not those ... continue reading