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Philippines 2016: The Significance of the OFW Vote

Written by Rachelle Bascara.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer collated the positions of the five presidential candidates on ten key issues: poverty, economy and jobs, food security, peace and order, corruption, health care, foreign policy, traffic, climate change, and interconnectivity. Reading through the profiles and action points, there was no mention of Overseas Foreign Workers (OFW). OFWs comprise around ten percent of the Philippine population or an estimated 15 million Filipinos. Some OFWs now have the opportunity to vote through the Overseas Voting Program. There are currently 1.1 million Filipinos abroad registered and entitled to participate in the upcoming May elections. Continue reading Philippines 2016: The Significance of the OFW Vote