With the purpose of identifying gender concerns on migration, and migration and development statistics for policy planning and research, the Committee on Migration and Development (CMD), Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) and Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) conducted a joint meeting for the first time on March 18, 2019 at the RDC Hall, NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City.
L-R: Dir. Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Region 5, Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino of NEDA Region 5, Ms. Cecille Briones and Mr. Nazer Tuazon of PSA RSSO 5, and Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City
Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino of the NEDA Region 5, chairperson of the RGADC and RSC and the vice chairperson of the CMD, presided over the meeting. The common denominator for the meeting is on migration concerns specifically on developing sex-disaggregated database/statistics on migration up to city and municipality level.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provided an overview on the conduct of the 2018 National Migration Survey, the first survey on migration in the country with nationwide coverage. It was emphasized that the survey results will be released in May 2019 with regional disaggregation based on the samples taken from the region. The City of Legazpi discussed the statistical and gender-related concerns of migrants and proposed that all local government units update their records of OFWs in their respective areas to help them facilitate the delivery of services especially during emergencies or crises. The Department of Education reported the sex-disaggregated profile of learners who are children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). To incorporate migration concerns in the workplan of the RGADC, the representative from the Philippine Commission on Women provided updates on the workplan for 2019. It includes the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System Assembly to be conducted in May 2019 where migrant-serving agencies are expected to participate.
The members of the three committees resolved to request the PSA to provide provincial and sex disaggregation of the results of the 2018 National Migration Survey, and to adopt the migrant’s registration form of Legazpi City in profiling migrant Bicolanos.
Mayor Krisel-Lagman Luistro of Tabaco City underscored the importance of disaggregated data, “Disaggregation of data down to local level will help LGUs in coming up with responsive policies, plans and programs.”
Members of the CMD, RGADC, and RSC during the joint meeting