Majority agree about the proposal to create a new department for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)


Manila, Philippines – One of President Duterte’s campaign promises was the creation of a department dedicated to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have submitted their own version of the proposal to create a department solely to assist OFWs. The administration’s resolve to establish this measure was further strengthened by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on OFWs who lost their jobs abroad.

WR Numero Research sought to gauge the level of Filipino support towards the proposal to create a new department for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Through a mobile app-based survey with 5,000 respondents nationwide, a quota sampling method based on geographic location, age, sex, and income was utilized to gather the data. The survey was deployed from December 16–21, 2020.

On the level of awareness towards the proposal to create a new department for OFWs, the majority (76%) said they are aware while 24% are not.

When asked whether respondents agree about this measure, the majority (75%) said they agree, with 44% of them saying they strongly agree. 22% are unsure, while only 3% either disagree or strongly disagree.

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