3 airlines to help in repatriation of OFWs in Middle East Rappler.com Published 9:54 AM, January 11, 2020 It is therefore a central question to promote women's rights in order to promote children's capabilities. These stories of OFWs will not stop not unless the Philippine government bans the deployment of their nationals, mostly women, to the Middle East. OWWA record shows that there were 25 Ilonggos in Iran and five others in Iraq.  This has led to the government reporting a recent increase in women emigrating from the Philippines. In a 2018 report, ILO says that nearly one in five of domestic workers live in the Middle East, and 1.6 million of the world’s total of 3.16 million domestic workers are women. By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO “There's now a combined estimate of at least 12,000 to 14,000 undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia, higher than last year's estimate pegged from 8,000 to … MANILA, Philippines - Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) remain safe from the SARS-like virus now spreading in the Middle East, the Department of Labor and Employment said yesterday. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported that 37,095 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been repatriated in October.  Evidence suggests that these women cope with the emotional stress of familial separation in one of two ways: first, in domestic care situations, they substitute their host-family’s children for their own in the love and affection they give, and second, they actively considered the benefit their earnings would have on their children’s future. The DFA said that October’s repatriations were marked by several “firsts” — the mass repatriation of more than 500 Agrostudies students from Israel, the safe return of 92 OFWs from Benghazi, Libya, and the first-ever repatriation by sea from Indonesia of 40 Filipino fishermen via the BRP Tubbataha. An infographic recently shared by the DFA reveals the following statistics for the population of OFWs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as of January 2020. The department also facilitated several medical repatriations from Australia, Brazil, French Polynesia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Oman, Spain, and the USA. 2,406 or 6.49% from Europe; The result is a "lose-lose" outcome where Philippine workers fail to leverage their skills and a worldwide shortage persists. Most of the S&T OFWs that go to UAE are engineers at 45% with nurses placing second at 42%. It seems inevitable that the healthcare sector loses experienced nurses as the emigration is increasing. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 400,000 OFWs repatriated “The economies of some Middle East countries especially Saudi Arabia is predicted to stay flat with lower crude oil prices and that is bad news for OFWs whose main market is Saudi Arabia,” says Emmanuel Geslani, labour recruitment, and migration consultant. Other top destinations for S&T OFWs include: Saudi Arabia SEI found that Saudi Arabia, one of the wealthiest nations in the Middle East, employs on average 9,066 OFWs in S&T. Thousands of OFWs working in oil companies, hospital and government controlled firms in the Middle East are losing their jobs. Even though work migration is mainly a low and middle class activity, the high-income households are able to derive a larger share of their income from abroad due to favorable investment policies. 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(JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULELTIN) Citing reports from their foreign posts, the Labor department said 520 OFWs have died from COVID-19 in the region. Evidence suggests that these women cope with the emotional stress of familial separation in one of two ways: first, in domestic care situations, they substitute their host-family’s children for their own in the love and affection they give, an… There is a 5.15% growth since 2004's 933,588.  In 2018, remittance had increased to $31 billion, which was nearly 10% of the GDP of the Philippines. The proportion of female OFWs (56.0%) was higher than male OFWs (44.0%). 2,716 or 7.32% from Asia and the Pacific; According to POLO Riyadh, there are 23,000 displaced OFWs at present who want to be repatriated.  These occupations are considered low skilled and require little education and training, thereby regularly facing poor working conditions. Bello lamented that OFWs, most especially those deployed in the Arab countries, are highly exposed to abuse by their employers. , In 2019, Overseas Filipinos sent back $32.2 billion to the Philippines. Poor working conditions for Filipinos hired abroad include long hours, low wages and few chances to visit family.  It is one of the largest diaspora populations, spanning over 100 countries. The needs of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), currently still hovering at around 10 million even during the pandemic, require more focused … Of this, 29,676 are in Lebanon — with 11,972 being undocumented. 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The agency is also working on livelihood programs for returning OFWs who wish to stay in the Philippines. The Middle East comprised the most number of … On Sunday, DOLE reported that the Middle East region has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases among OFWs at 7,844 as of January 13. DOLE Plans to Limit Number of OFWs in Middle East News According to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), of the over 2.1 million Filipinos leaving the Philippines to work in other countries, around half are bound for the Middle East. A correlation between successful contribution to the home country's economy and amounted total savings upon the migrants return has been found, therefore it is important to decrease income inequalities while attracting capital from abroad to the Philippines. 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The number of OFWs worldwide is estimated to be around 11 million in 2006 and remittances totaling $12.7 million, accounting for more than thirteen percent of the GNP. The state of the worlds children. , Employment conditions abroad are relevant to the individual worker and their families as well as for the sending country and its economic growth and well being. The Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement is seen as a failure by most since only 7% of applicants or 200 nurses a year has been accepted on average – mainly due to resistance by domestic stakeholders and failed program implementation. There is a 26.6% growth since 2004. Other occupations that recently has seen an increase in deskilling are doctors, teachers and assembly line workers. DOLE Plans to Limit Number of OFWs in Middle East According to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), of the over 2.1 million Filipinos leaving the Philippines to work in other countries, around half are bound for the … Below are the key numbers based on certain categories: According to Major World Group Middle East still holds the higher number of deployed land-based workers with a total of 913,958 or a 3.21 percent change than 2014. For Filipino migrant workers, see, Countries and territories with Filipino populations, General statistics from Philippine government, UN (2007). " , This article is about the Filipino diaspora in general. Employment conditions abroad are relevant to the individual worker and their families as well as for the sending country and its economic growth and well being. The highest recovery among OFWs, DoLE said, is also in Europe and the Americas with 2,372 cases, followed by Asia at 1,165 and Middle East with only 619 reported cases. THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to start reducing by the first quarter the number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed to the Middle East … According to a recent report about 4,000 OFW working in oil companies lose jobs in the Middle East. Of this number, 77,326 OFWs (32.58%) are sea-based while 160,037 (67.42%) are land-based. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, data from June 2019 placed the number of Filipinos in the Middle East at 2.2 million. Most of the concern center around three areas, Iran, Lebanon, and Iraq, with many calling for the emergency repatriation of OFWs.  Likewise, the “reversal of breadwinning and caregiving roles between migrant wives and left-behind husbands” more often results in tension regarding family finances and the role each spouse should play in decision making. In order to fill the nursing shortage in the Philippines, suggestions have been made by several NGOs that nursing-specializing Filipino workers overseas, locally known as "overseas Filipino workers" (OFWs), return to the country to train local nurses, for which program training would be required in order for the Philippines to make up for all its nurses migrating abroad. 3,187,586 stay permanently, 3,599,257 stay for work contracts, and 1,296,972 stay irregularly (without proper documents), which make a sum of 8,083,815.  In 2011, remittances were US$20.117 billion. The Philippine government banned the deployment of domestic workers to Saudi Arabia between 2011 and 2012 due to the rising number of abuse cases. 32 or 0.09% from the Americas, The Filipino Times is the chronicler of stories for, of and by Filipinos all over the world, reaching more than 236 countries in readership. Coming second as top destination for S&T OFWs is the United Arab Emirates, another country in the Middle East. people who trace their ancestry to the Philippines and who live or reside outside of the country. This might suggest that government policies in host countries favor capital-intensive activities. This inequality threatens to halt the economic development as investments are needed in the Philippines and not abroad in order to increase growth and well-being. This term generally applies both to people of Filipino ancestry and to citizens abroad. All of them escaped from their abusive employers. , Since the liberalization of United States immigration laws in 1965, the number of people in the United States having Filipino ancestry has grown substantially. pp.  The estimated number of documented …  Women often face disadvantages in their employment conditions as they tend to work in the elder/child care and domestic. , The Philippine government has recently opened up their public policy to promote women working abroad since the world's demand for domestic workers and healthcare workers has increased. Deployment of Land-based OFWs Land-based migrant Filipino workers still hold the highest percentage of OFWs deployed.  This number constitutes about 11 percent of the total population of the Philippines. Some 2,716 or 7.32% were from Asia and the Pacific; 2,406 or 6.49% from Europe; 92 or 0.25% from Africa; and 32 or 0.09% from the Americas. Poor working conditions for Filipinoshired abroad include long hours, low wages and few chances to visit family. Deskilling has caused many Filipino workers to return less skilled after being assigned simple tasks abroad, this behavior creates discouragement for foreign workers to climb the occupational ladder. Migrant groups said there are more than 5,000 distressed OFWs different countries in the Middle East, with Kuwait having the highest number of distressed OFWs now housed in POLO-OWWA centers in the Middle East, most of whom are victims of verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. Manila, Philippines — The deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East is seen to decline further in 2019 due to the lower crude prices, a …  Male OFWs account for 52 percent of the total OFW population. The Japanese Nursing Association supports "equal or better" working conditions and salaries for Filipino nurses. , Many host governments of OFWs have protective policies and barriers making it difficult to enter the job market. The DFA also chartered three flights from Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which flew home 920 Filipinos including OFWs with chronic medical conditions. 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Nurse to patient ratio is down to 1 nurse to between 40 and 60 patients, in the 1990s the ratio was 1 nurse to between 15 and 20 patients.  Other researchers report that these situations lead to abuse, particularly of older daughters, who face increased pressure and responsibility in the mother’s absence. As women are regularly seen as symbols of national pride and dignity, governments tend to have more protective policies in sectors dominated by women. , To underline what a common problem this deskilling is: Returning migrant workers are calling for returnee integration programs, which suggests that they do not feel prepared to be re-integrated in the domestic workforce. One of the main reasons for the large differences in labor standards is due to the fact that ILO only can register complaints and not impose sanctions on governments. A call for equality.". This is why I am seriously considering, if not to suspend, to decrease the number of deployment of domestic helpers, OFWs, and skilled workers especially in the Middle East,” Bello told a media forum in Manila. Any interesting story to share? The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who worked abroad at anytime during the period April to September 2017 was estimated at 2.3 million. , The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) tend to be young and gender-balanced. The receiving countries lose as skilled workers are not fully utilizing their skills while the home country simultaneously experience a shortage of workers in emigrating prone sectors. Philippine Labor Migration Policy has historically focused on removing barriers for migrant workers to increase accessibility for employment abroad.  Filipino seamen, overseas Filipino workers in the maritime industry, make an oversize impact on the global economy, making up a fifth to a quarter of the merchant marine crews, who are responsible for the movement of the majority of goods in the global economy.. Watch Failon Ngayon as we take a look at the situation of stranded OFWs in Middle East.Subscribe to the ABS-CBN News channel! , According to a statement made in 2009 by John Leonard Monterona, the Middle East coordinator of Migrante, a Manila-based OFW organization, every year, an unknown number of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia were then "victims of sexual abuses, maltreatment, unpaid salaries, and other labor malpractices". 31,849 or 85.86% from the Middle East; Deskilling of labor is especially prevalent among women who often have few and low skill employment options, such as domestic work and child or elder care. Top destination for S & T OFWs that go to UAE are engineers 45. 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