This is a two-three day seminar and study mission that discusses the link between migration and      development and showcases the different good practices of migration stakeholders of regional government agencies, local government units, NGOs and private sector of Region IV-A.

Seminar Objectives

At the end of the seminar, the participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history, patterns and features of international Filipino migration;
  2. Define the duality of migration and differentiate its social costs and benefits to migrants, their families, communities and country; and
  3. Describe the ways of harnessing the development potential of international migration of Filipinos.
  4. Discuss the initiatives of migration stakeholders in Region IV-A.

Target Participants 

The seminar is designed for the following participants:

  1. Provincial, city and municipal government officials
  2. Heads or key personnel of various agencies, departments and offices of provincial, city and municipal governments
  3. Members of Migration and Development Councils/Committees
  4. Heads and personnel of Migration Resource Centers
  5. Focal persons of LGUs on Migration and Development or OFW Concerns
  6. Officers of associations of families of overseas Filipinos and organizations of migrant returnees
  7. Interested representatives of agencies and institutions in the academe, NGO, church, and business communities

Seminar Content and Description

Module Module Objectives Content of Module
Module 1:

Understanding and Characterizing overseas Filipino migration

The participants will be able to:

1. define basic concepts in the field of migration and development;

2. discuss the history and features of international Filipino migration

3. describe the characteristics of the Filipino diaspora

Definition of Concepts on International Migration

History and Features of Migration from the Philippines

Composition and Characteristics of the Filipino Diaspora

Module 2:

Harnessing the Development Potential of International Filipino Migration

The participants will be able to:

1. define the meaning of Dutch disease in relation to international migration of Filipinos;

2. discuss the duality of overseas Filipino migration;

3. describe the  strategies in actualizing the development potential of migration.


Avoiding the Dutch Disease

Appreciating the Duality of Migration

Strategies in Harnessing Migration for Development

Module 3:

Migration and Development Local Context

The participants will be able to:

1.  describe the various migration and development initiatives of Region 4 A

2. discuss the history of migration and character of migration in their area

3. differentiate the positive and negative impact of migration at the local level

4. enumerate the various contributions of OFs in their area

5. assess existing programs and services, needs and gaps and recommend necessary interventions for migrants and families.

Migration and Development Initiatives

In Region IV-A

Local History of Migration

Positive and Negative Impact of Migration

Areas of Engagement with OFs

Existing Services Gaps and Recommendation

Module 4:

Emerging Good Practices in Implementing Migration and Development Program of Migration Stakeholders

The participants will be able to:

1. name existing best practices of LGUs, NGOs, schools and private sector in implementing migration and development programs

2. discuss how the different strategies of different stakeholders can be implemented in their areas

Mainstreaming Migration and Development in LGUs

Implementing Gender Sensitive Financial Education Program

School-Based Program in Addressing Social Costs of Migration on Children and Families Left Behind

Mobilizing Migrant Resources Towards Agriculture Development