The table below summarizes the occupation group of OFWs in 2011.
This translates to around 10-11% of the total Philippine population.
In 2012, OFWs are said to have remitted more than billion back to the Philippines, a 5% growth from the remittances sent in the previous year.
An unskilled worker or laborer is one who works as a domestic helper or laborer in the mining, construction, manufacturing, and transport sectors.
Every year, it is estimated that more than a million Filipinos leave to work abroad, or around 4,500 Filipinos every day.
Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) shows that roughly 9.5 million to 12.5 million Filipinos currently work or reside abroad.
Overseas Filipinos are widely dispersed worldwide but majority of them are in North America and in the Middle East.
The biggest chunk reside in the United States, estimated to number more than 3.4 million as of 2010.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates combined are home to more than 1.8 million Filipinos, while the rest of the OFW population is in Europe and Asia.
The top 30 countries where majority of overseas Filipinos reside as of 2010 are as follows.
This amount is already equivalent to 9% of the country’s 4.75 billion total Gross Domestic Product in 2011.
Without a doubt, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) play a pivotal role in sustaining the Philippine economy.