Statistics on Filipino women and men's overseas employment

  • The 2012 Survey on Overseas Filipinos (SOF) conducted by the National Statistics Office estimated a total of 2.22 million overseas Filipinos “whose departure occurred within the last five years and who are working or had worked abroad during the past six months (April to September) of the survey period”. There was an increase (2.9%) over the previous year’s estimate of 2.158 million OFWs.

  • Of the 2.22 million OFWs in 2012, female OFWs were estimated at 1.072 million (48.3%) or an increase of 3.9 percent from the 1.032 million estimated female OFWs in 2011.

 2006 - 2012 (in Thousand)

  • Male OFWs accounted for 51.7 percent or around 1.148 million of the total OFWs in 2012. There was an increase of 1.95 percent from the estimated 1.126 million male OFWs in 2011.

  • Female OFWs in 2012 were generally younger than males. Around 61.4 percent female OFWs were aged 15 to 34 years while only 48.2 percent male OFWs are of the same age group. There was a slight decrease of younger female OFWs because in 2011, an estimated 63.1 percent of the total female OFWs belonged to the 15 to 34 age group.

  • Luzon remains the major source of Overseas Filipino Workers. In 2012, the top two sources of female OFWs were CALABARZON (Region IVA - Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and Central Luzon (Region III) with 13.6 percent and 11.4 percent respectively. Western Visayas (Region VI) comes 3rd at 10.6 percent. In 2011, Central Luzon topped the list followed by CALABARZON and Ilocos Region with 12.2 percent, 12.1 percent, and 10.4 percent respectively.

  • Likewise, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and National Capital Region remain to be the major sources of around 54.1 percent male OFWs in 2012, higher than the 52.1 percent male OFWs that the same regions produced in 2011.

  • Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Singapore were the top three countries of destination accounting 43.0 percent of the total OFWs in 2012. In 2011, it was Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar with 44.1 percent.

  • Of the estimated 1.072 million female OFWs, 16.9 percent were in United Arab Emirates, 12.4 percent in Saudi Arabia and 11.0 percent in Hongkong. In the 2011 figure of 1.03 million female OFWs, United Arab Emirates accounted for 18.1 percent; Saudi Arabia with 14.1 percent; and Hongkong with 10.5 percent.

  • As to male OFWs, Saudi Arabia continues to dominate with 22.7 percent in 2012 and 30.5 percent in 2011. Second is United Arab Emirates with around 13.1 percent and 11.3 percent of the total male OFWs in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

  • The 2012 and 2011 estimates, somehow, consistently gave hint why Filipinos abroad are generally accorded with low regard or even get discriminated. In 2012, 55.0 percent of the female OFWs were Laborers and Unskilled Workers, slightly lower compared to 2011 report at 55.5 percent. On the other hand, an estimated 46.4 percent of male OFWs in 2012 and 47.3 in 2011 were Trades and Related Workers / Plant and Machine Operators and Assemblers.

  • Remittances from female OFWs worldwide were relatively lower than their male counterpart. Of the total Php 165.6 billion estimated OFW remittances in 2012, around 32.3 percent (Php 53.5 billion) came from female OFWs. In 2011, around 30.6 percent (Php 47.8 billion) of the Php 156.3 billion total OFW remittances were from female OFWs.

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