The Social Weather Stations (SWS) presented the final results of the scoping study on international migration statistics in the Philippines on September 15 at the SWS Knowledge Center Auditorium in Quezon City. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) commissioned the SWS to conduct the study that aims to compile comprehensive data on international migration, and support policy making and development planning.
Dr. Mahar Mangahas, SWS President delivered the welcome remarks while Mr. Reynaldo Cancio, NEDA Director for Policy and Planning discussed the background of the study.
The Lead Expert of the scoping study, Ms. Alcestis Abrera Mangahas, presented the results of the research. It has three components: 1) developing a migration almanac which is a compilation of migration-related data from government agencies and private institution, including available data that may not have been published or circulated; 2) review and analysis of methodologies used, issues and limitations of documents gathered; and 3) assessment and recommendation on migration data gaps and needs, that have been hampering researchers from conducting impact evaluation studies.
Reactors to the scoping study were Dr. Maruja Asis, Director of Research and Publication, Scalabrini Migration Center; Dr. Josefino Torres, Deputy Administrator, Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration; and Cong. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III.
SERDEF members of the Board of Trustees who attended the scoping study presentation were Dr. Paz H Diaz, Ms. Serenidad F. Lavador, Ms. Angelita Resurreccion, and Prof. Jose Tabbada.