Dr. Cornelio Banaag, Dr. Honey Carandang and Dr. Ricardo Soler gave a series of lectures to our fellow Filipinos located in Hong Kong! In the Bayanihan Center located in Kennedy Town, the NGF team talked to hundreds of migrant workers.
Based on studies of the dynamics of depression in relation to modern Philippine Society, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation realized that the OFW group is one of those at the highest risk of suffering from depression
Migration brings about great disturbance on family functionality. Fueled by economic motives, this involuntary family separation results in disruption of family structure and leads to dysfunctional coping on both sides of the ocean – both for the migrant worker, and for the family that was left behind.
Based on a study conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in 2004, there are about 8.1M OFW all over the world. The Top Ten (10) provinces with the highest concentration of OFW are Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Batangas, Laguna, Maguindanao, Pangasinan, Rizal, Pampanga and Cebu.; the top five (5) countries of deployment are Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, UAE, Taiwan and Japan.(http://www.congress.gov.ph/download/cpbd/fnfofw.pdf)
This number keeps growing annually.