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2020 Overseas Filipino Workers

Overseas Filipino Workers are estimated at 1.77 million


The number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or Filipino workers who worked abroad during the period of April to September 2020 was estimated at 1.77 million. Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs) or those with existing work contracts comprised 96.4 percent or equivalent to 1.71 million of the total OFWs during the same period. Other OFWs who worked abroad without working visa or work permits such as tourist, visitor, student, medical, and other types of non-immigrant visas but were presently employed and working full time in other countries had 3.6 percent share.


The number of OFWs dropped by -18.6 percent, equivalent to 405.62 thousand overseas workers from 2019 to 2020. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, OFWs were registered at 2.18 million, 2.11 million were OCWs and about 69 thousand were other Filipino workers abroad with valid working visa and work permits




Majority of Overseas Filipino Workers are women


By sex, more women were reported to be working overseas, accounting for 59.6 percent or 1.06 million in 2020. On the other hand, 40.4 percent or 0.72 million were male OFWs. The same trend was observed in 2019 where 55.4 percent of the total 2.18 million OFWs were women while 44.6 percent were men.


By age group, a greater number of Overseas Filipino Workers in 2020 were in age groups 30 to 34 years (22.4%), 35-39 years (20.5%), and 45 years and over (19.1%); while, in 2019, 22.3 percent of OFWs of both sexes were also in age group 30 to 34 years, 20.3 percent in 25-29 years, and 18.8 percent were in 35-39 years age group.


Male overseas workers in age group 45 years and over comprised the largest group at 23.3 percent, 21.2 percent were in age group 30 to 34 years. Female overseas workers in 30 to 34 years age group were accounted at 23.3 percent while 22.2 percent were in the 35-39 years age group.


Total Remittance reach 134.77 billion pesos in 2020


The total remittance sent by OFWs during the period, April to September 2020 reached 134.77 billion pesos. These includes cash sent (113.08 billion pesos), cash brought home (18.98 billion pesos), and in kind (2.71 billion pesos).


The average remittance sent by every OFWs from April to September 2020 was placed at 86.81 thousand pesos, lower than the average remittance valued at 106.62 thousand pesos sent in 2019 for the same months.


Source: PSA

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