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Top 10 Destinations for Remarkable & Inspiring Filipino OFWs

Top 10 Destinations for Remarkable & Inspiring Filipino OFWs


Hello, fellow Filipinos! Today, I want to talk to you about the amazing and hardworking Overseas Filipino Workers, or OFWs for short. Let’s face it, OFWs are the real MVPs of the Philippines. They work tirelessly abroad to provide for their families and contribute to the economy of our beautiful country.

But wait a minute, did you know that OFWs are also known as “modern-day heroes”? No, seriously! They leave their comfort zones, families, and everything they love behind to work abroad and make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. And let’s not forget, they also have to put up with the struggle of dealing with the constant “LSS” (Last Song Syndrome) of Filipino love songs, just to keep their homesickness at bay.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the top 10 countries where our modern-day heroes are conquering the world, one job at a time!

Top 10 Countries for Filipino OFWs

Filipino OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) can be found all over the world, but some countries are more popular destinations than others. Based on data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), here are the top 10 countries for OFWs:

1. United Arab Emirates

The land of sand, camels, and OFWs. It’s no surprise that the UAE tops the list, with over 15% of OFWs working there. This prosperous country is a hub for international trade and tourism, and it offers a wide range of job opportunities for OFWs, particularly in the fields of engineering, healthcare, and hospitality. The UAE which includes these seven emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah. Additionally, the UAE is home to a couple of the largest natural gas and oil reserves in the world.

2. Saudi Arabia

More than 700,000 Filipinos live and work in Saudi Arabia, attracted by high-paying jobs and tax-free salaries. With its booming economy, there is plenty of room for career advancement and opportunities to excel in fields such as engineering, healthcare, and finance. However, working in Saudi Arabia can be challenging due to cultural differences and strict labor laws.

3. Singapore

Singapore is a small but prosperous island city-state that attracts a significant number of OFWs, with almost 10% of our OFWs calling it home. Domestic helpers make up a large portion of OFWs in Singapore, with a minimum monthly salary of 17,600 pesos. However, there are also opportunities in other industries, such as teaching, nursing, IT, construction, and tourism and hotel management. Despite its small size, Singapore is a highly regulated country with strict laws and regulations that OFWs must be aware of.

4. Hong Kong

In addition to job opportunities, Hong Kong is also known for providing better benefits and protection for OFWs from the government compared to other countries. The approximately 130,000 Filipino workers in Hong Kong are also well compensated for their work, with many earning above-average salaries. However, Hong Kong also has very strict laws and regulations that OFWs must follow, and there have been occasional tensions between the government and the local Filipino community.

5. Kuwait

In Kuwait, OFWs also work in the healthcare industry as nurses and other medical professionals, and as domestic helpers. The salary for domestic helpers in Kuwait ranges from 16,000 to 20,000 pesos, which is higher than the minimum wage in the Philippines. However, some OFWs in Kuwait have reported experiencing difficult living conditions, including cramped living quarters and limited access to basic necessities. The government of Kuwait has implemented local laws to regulate the working conditions of OFWs and to protect their rights, but some cases of abuse and exploitation have still been reported.

6. Qatar

With its 2022 World Cup aspirations, it’s no surprise that Qatar has become a popular destination for OFWs, with almost 5% of them working there. This small but wealthy country is known for its gas and oil reserves, and it’s a popular destination for OFWs looking for work in the construction and engineering sectors. Additionally, many OFWs in Qatar also work in the hospitality and healthcare industries. The country has strict laws governing the rights and protection of workers, including a minimum wage requirement and limits on working hours. However, living conditions for OFWs in Qatar can vary, with some experiencing cramped and unsanitary living conditions. Despite this, OFWs in Qatar are generally well-compensated, with many enjoying tax-free salaries and other benefits.

7. Australia

Filipino OFWs represent a small but significant percentage of the Australian workforce, with many working in the healthcare and aged care industries, as well as in education and hospitality. Australia has a high minimum wage and strong labor laws, ensuring that OFWs are well-compensated and protected in their work. In terms of living conditions, OFWs in Australia generally enjoy a high standard of living, although the cost of living can be quite high in some areas. OFWs in Australia can find opportunities in the mining industry, where there is a high demand for skilled workers such as engineers and technicians. Additionally, there is a need for carpenters, cabinetmakers, furniture finishers, and refrigeration and air conditioning professionals in the construction sector. Furthermore, there is a high demand for doctors and nurses in the healthcare industry due to the aging population.

8. Japan

The land of the rising sun and anime, with over 4% of our OFWs working there. This developed Asian country is a major destination for OFWs, particularly for those working in the fields of healthcare and education.

9. Malaysia

Our neighbor to the north, with almost 4% of our OFWs making their home there. This Southeast Asian country is a major destination for OFWs, particularly for those working in the construction, manufacturing, and service industries.

10. Taiwan

The home of bubble tea and tech, with close to 3% of our OFWs working there. This small island nation is a hub for electronics manufacturing, and it offers a wide range of job opportunities for OFWs, particularly in the fields of engineering and technology.

These countries offer a wide range of job opportunities for OFWs, and they are among the most popular destinations for Filipino migrant workers. Data from the POEA shows that these countries account for more than 60% of all OFW deployments.

Factors affecting the choice of country

So, what makes our OFWs choose one country over another? It’s not as simple as just picking a place on a map and hoping for the best. There are several factors that influence their decision, including job availability and demand, income and benefits, cost of living, political stability and security, and cultural compatibility.

  1. Job availability and demand – OFWs want to work, and they want to work in a place where there are job opportunities. It’s that simple.
  2. Income and benefits – OFWs want to earn a good income and have access to benefits such as health insurance and housing allowances. Who wouldn’t want that?
  3. Cost of living – OFWs want to make sure that the money they earn is enough to cover their living expenses, so the cost of living is a crucial factor in their decision-making process.
  4. Political stability and security – OFWs want to work in a safe and stable environment, and they want to feel secure while they’re abroad.
  5. Cultural compatibility – OFWs want to work in a place where they feel comfortable and accepted, and where they can easily adapt to the culture.

These are just some of the factors that influence the decision of our OFWs. It’s not an easy choice, but they’re willing to make sacrifices for their families and for their future.


Well, folks, that’s a wrap! We’ve explored the top 10 countries for OFWs and the factors that influence their choice of country.

I hope you’ve learned something new about these modern-day heroes and the incredible sacrifices they make for their families and for their future. They deserve our respect, gratitude, and support.

So, the next time you see an OFW, give them a pat on the back, buy them a cup of coffee, or simply say “thank you.” They’ve earned it!

And, if you’re feeling inspired, maybe you can even consider following in their footsteps and making a difference abroad. Who knows, you might end up in one of these top 10 countries and become a hero yourself!

In the meantime, let’s continue to support and celebrate our OFWs and all that they do. They’re making a difference, one country at a time.

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