Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies

First Advisor

Angie Ngoc Tran


The Republic of the Philippines is faced with the challenge of defining the future role of government and other private agencies that function as a broker of Filipino and Filipina overseas workers to various locations throughout the world. This paper seeks to be critical of how the labor brokerage regime of the Philippine State functions and how the government affects the lives of Overseas Filipinos and Filipinas. State authorized processes are critically examined by exploring the modern recruitment and regulation practices within this competitive labor market. Focusing primarily on the role of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, in content analysis of government documents and records, will allow me to draw conclusions about contemporary labor migration and the remittance economy. My research seeks to bring the voices of Overseas Filipinos and Filipinas to the forefront of the subject. The real life testimonies of workers allow further understanding of their motivations and aspirations as participants of global labor migration. With the incorporation of one semi-structured interview of a current overseas Filipino worker contrasting with testimonies of lower skilled overseas Filipino workers and their children, I hope to shed light on issues of class, gender, and place. Subsequent factors surrounding authorized labor exportation and the labor brokerage state of the Philippines includes the labor code of 1974, the The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, and the Bagong Bayani Presidential Awards. The government of the Philippines is able to play on the aspirations of many citizens through the manipulation of social norms and organized practices.