Department of Labor and Employment

National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)

January 2018


NRCO provides livelihood assistance to 3,538 returning migrant workers in 2017

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) has provided livelihood development assistance to 3,538 returning migrant workers from January to December 2017.

Based on its Performance Assessment Report for 2017, 98.69% has been accomplished on the implementation of its livelihood development programs.  There has been an average of 70% increase in the number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who avail of the program from 2015 to 2017.  Compared to the 2016, there has been a 60% increase in availees this year, particularly in Regions 2 and 4A.

Based on the data, majority of the OFW-availees worked in Asia, particularly in the Middle Eastern countries: Saudi Arabia (1,129), United Arab Emirates (433), Kuwait (383), Qatar (188), Lebanon (100) and Bahrain (54).  

Other availees were from Hong Kong (314), Singapore (161), Malaysia (121), and Taiwan (113). The remaining 492 availees were from other parts of the globe.

Most cited reasons for return to the country are contract violations including unpaid salary, illegal termination, and unfavorable working conditions (856); maltreatment or abuse (620); and retrenchment due to economic crisis (281). 

Most of the 2017 livelihood development assistance availees started enterprises in Wholesale and Retail; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Manufacturing.

The NRCO manages the implementation of two livelihood programs under reintegration services:  (1) the Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) for women OFW returnees; and the Livelihood Development Assistance Program (LDAP) for distressed undocumented OFW returnees. 

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) roots its mandates from RA 10022, Amended Migrant Workers Act of 2010.  It set the role of the NRCO to provide a mechanism for reintegration and to link the potential of returning Filipino migrants to national development.  ###