Sending of Filipino workers abroad dive to lowest since 1990

Filipino migrant workers deployed last year plunged to their lowest in three decades, blocked by coronavirus lockdowns that prevented them from seeking greener pastures abroad.

Some 550,000 overseas Filipino workers were deployed in 2020, plummeting by 74 percent from a record-high of 2.16 million in 2019, data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed.

The figure was the lowest since 446,095 OFWs went abroad in 1990.The yearend tally was much lower than the preliminary 693,000 deployed OFWs reported as of October last year.

Explaining the discrepancy, POEA only said numbers were “rectified” at the close of the year, without elaborating.

There is optimism that deployment has started picking up this year when most economies have restarted travel. That should bode well for remittances sent by this legion of workers annually, which slipped 0.8 percent year-on-year in 2020.

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