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The number of Filipinos overseas

Requested from CFO by Jan Louie Uy at 10:34 PM on Jul 12, 2018.
Purpose: Research paper on diaspora/migration of Filipinos for my Master of Arts research paper in the USA
Date of Coverage: 01/01/2000 - 01/01/2018
Tracking no: #CFO-225767572881

Jan Louie 10:34 PM, Jul 12, 2018

Hi! I would like to request some recent data on the following:

1) Number of registered overseas Filipinos as of 2018.

2) Top countries - Global mapping of Filipinos

3) Filipino diaspora's global distribution by major religious blocks, e.g. Western world, Buddhist/Hindu world, Islamic world, and Jewish world, etc.

Maraming salamat po!

Elfred 10:26 AM, Jul 24, 2018

July 24, 2018

Dear Jan Louie,

Thank you for your request dated Jul 12, 2018 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for The number of Filipinos overseas.

We received your request on Jul 12, 2018 and will respond on or before Aug 02, 2018 10:34:44 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #CFO-225767572881.

Thank you.


Elfred del Rosario
FOI Receiving Officer

Undersecretary Astravel 02:02 PM, Aug 02, 2018

August 2, 2018


Dear Mr. Uy:

Greetings from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas!

Thank you for your eFOI request regarding the latest number of registered overseas Filipinos.

As the CFO’s primary clientele are the emigrants who will permanently live in other countries, we are pleased to provide you with statistics of CFO-registered emigrants by geographical region and country from 1981 - 2016. These numbers include annual statistics on Filipinos who underwent the CFO’s mandatory Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for emigrants, or Guidance and Counseling Program (GCP) for spouses or partners of foreign nationals prior to their departure.

On the other hand, temporary migrants or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are not required to register with the CFO before their departure from the Philippines. They are instead required to register with and obtain their Overseas Employment Certificates (OECs) from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The link below that contains information about OFWs and other professions by skill and by country might help you:

The POEA’s Planning Branch, which is in charge of updating POEA’s annual deployment statistics, has the proper authority to provide you with the information that you need regarding OFWs. Please refer to the attached directory for your easy reference.

For questions or clarifications, you may contact Mr. Elfred del Rosario of the Policy, Planning and Research Division at 552-4763 or through email at

Thank you very much.


Executive Director

Attachments:	- Number of registered Filipino emigrants by year and specific area of destination 1981 – 2016
- POEA Planning Branch Directory as of 24 July 2018

 POEA Planning Branch Directory as of 24 June 2018.docx

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