Policy Briefs

  • Access to Justice Papers, 2015
    • This publication is a three-part series that analyzes Filipino migrant worker’s access to justice in three levels of unit analyses: at the level of SENA, domestic implementation of programs of POEA, NLRC, and DOJ-IACAT, and at the level of the international arena. Through this publication, CMA hopes to spark discussion on the issue of remedy and redress mechanisms for OFWs who have been wronged. Effective, efficient and quality access to justice for OFWs is underscored through this publication as essential in the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers.
    • Part 1         Part 2         Part 3
  • The Feminization of Migration, 2014
    • In August 2014, the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) held a roundtable discussion regarding the feminization of migration in the context of decent work and female empowerment. This policy brief analyzes the feminization of migration in the Philippines and the implications this holds for female migrant workers. The common forms of employment for Filipino women are highlighted, with an emphasis on females employed as domestic workers. Exploitations and abuses that often occur in the top ten destination countries and current issues within the Philippines are discussed. This brief finds that there are both empowering and disempowering elements of migration and illustrates ways in which women can continue to be empowered throughout the migration cycle. The brief concludes with recommendations which are representative of both the research carried out and the roundtable discussion.
  • Philippine Labor Migration and the ASEAN Economic Community Project, 2014
    • This paper concentrates on the labor mobility of the AEC particularly the lack of policies towards unskilled, low skilled and irregular migrant workers. It provides a summary and analysis of policies concerning rights protection and promotion of migrant workers, benefits, and challenges of AEC, and recommendations to improve protection of migrant workers.
  • Protection of Overseas Filipino Workers in Countries of Conflict: Focus on Syria, 2014
    • This paper examines if the policies governing repatriation are sufficient, and adequately implemented to ensure the safety of OFWs in crisis-affected areas. This policy brief analyzes the challenges of the Philippine government with respect to the repatriation of OFWs from Syria. It aims to enhance policy formulation and implementation regarding the repatriation of Filipinos in conflict-torn countries. The brief starts with a short background of the conflict in Syria, followed by explaining the response of the Philippine government and the repatriation process. Unlike previous repatriation operations, the Philippine government encountered particularly significant challenges in Syria. Based on the findings of this policy brief, CMA is submitting recommendations to policymakers and the executive branch to improve repatriation operations and safeguard the welfare of OFWs in conflict-affected countries. The research underlying this policy brief involves interviews and correspondence with several government officials including the embassy of Syria, academia, civil society organizations, international organizations and Syrian diplomats. It also includes a thorough literature review including policy analysis, manuals, procedures, contingency plan, strategies and other documents concerning the repatriation of Filipino in cases of crises.
  • Philippine Migration and Au Pair Programs in Europe, 2013
    • This policy brief analyzes the rules and regulations governing the European au pair programs and assesses if these are sufficient to protect the au pairs from exploitation. Based on these policies, this brief sets forth recommendations for European governments and the Philippine government to safeguard the rights of au pairs. This paper specifically focuses on Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium as they are among the top receiving countries of Filipina au pairs.
  • Policy Monitor on the OWWA Charter, 2011
    • This document is an effort to monitor, in terms of policy, the proposed Charter of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Included in this document is a collected reply of OFWs from a survey conducted on the experiences of OFWs in accessing welfare and other services from the OWWA. Also included are salient points from the proposed OWWA Charter, in order to start the necessary and overdue debate on the matter.
  • Enhancing the Right of Suffrage by Overseas Filipinos, 2011
    • This policy paper presents an analysis of policies and issues concerning the conduct of Overseas Absentee Voting. Voter turnout, costs of elections, the integrity of the electoral process were considered as points of analysis to provide recommendations to improve the conduct of OAV.
  • Bilateral Labor Agreements and Social Security Agreements, 2010
    • This report focuses on bilateral labor agreements (BLAs) and social security agreements (SSAs) between the government of the Philippines and states of employment. It seeks to deepen the understanding of BLAs and SSAs as potential platforms for migrant worker advocacy and offers recommendations to improve these policies and their implementation. The report also includes a brief introduction to an emerging trend in which labor migration issues are being included in free trade agreements, including the General Agreement on Trade in Services Mode 4 on Temporary Movement of Natural Persons, the Japan Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, and the Philippines-European Union Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.