Special thanks to GABRIELA New York and Anakbayan Manhattan for facilitating an educational discussion on Philippine labor export policies.
However, rather than adequately addressing the femicide of Pinay migrant workers, the Philippines instead continued to export labor up until the COVID-19 pandemic.
This pandemic only adds on to the femicide that’s already happening as a result of exporting thousands of Pinay migrant workers.
When Philippine labor export policies were first created in the mid-1970s, migrant workers were known as Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs).
However, in the 1990s with the passing of the Migrant Workers Act, Filipino migrant workers became known as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).