MANILA - A memorandum of agreement was recently signed between the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and the Asian Institute of Management for a collaborative research on the impacts of international migration in the Philippines.
The MOA, signed by AIM Dean Dr. Ricardo Lim and CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas, also includes an impact evaluation of an enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar for migrants.
Entitled "Harnessing the Development Benefits of International Migration: A Randomized Evaluation of Enhanced Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars for Migrants from the Philippines," the research will track 3,000 migrants and their families for two years. This is to evaluate the effectiveness of an enhanced PDOS in increasing a migrant's financial literacy, engagement in diaspora activities, and improvement of their welfare abroad.
Funded by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, the international research team consists of faculty from AIM, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany, St. Gallen University in Switzerland, the University of Michigan in the US, and the World Bank.
This is the second partnership between AIM and CFO. The first project under the partnership produced a paper entitled, “The Drivers of Diaspora Donations for Development: Evidence from the Philippines,” which served to guide governments in directing donations to the poorest provinces and engaging overseas Filipinos to increase donations in times of emergencies.