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Getting to Know the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW)


Image by Geric Cruz. Philippines, 2014.

When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years...

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Many Filipino families have at least one family member who is working abroad. 2014.

The Philippines began its labor migration policy in the 70's to address the problem of unemployment brought about by the oil crisis. It was only meant to be a temporary solution.

More than 40 years later and just about every Filipino has a family member who is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Studies also show that OFWs are spread out all over the world.

Rappler takes a snapshot of the OFW, hailed as today's bagong bayani through this infographic. Mouse over the dots to zoom in on deployment and remittance numbers.



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