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Shelters represent a crucial component in the Philippine labor migration governance regime. It acts not merely as places of accommodation for distressed OFWs, but more importantly as hubs for developmental interventions in preparation for their effective reintegration following experiences of employers’ abuse and maltreatment. As of 2018, There are 20 Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Centers (MWOFRCs) in selected destination countries, and yet little has been analyzed and written of them.

The past two decades saw the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines actively engaging with several countries of destination on issues relating to the promotion and protection of migrant labor. This is evidenced by the resurgence of use of bilateral labor agreements (BLAs) to regulate existing flows and to open new labor migration flows. As demand for certain types of expertise of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) continue to rise and as deployments overseas remain unabated, the forging of BLAs has become one of the enduring features of government intervention to cope up with the complexities of migration across borders.

A key feature of the Philippine overseas migration is the increasing female migrants working outside their home. It is of interest that migrant women highly dominate overseas employment for the last decade who had to leave their homes and endure long years of family separation. The aim of this research was to determine how the migration of wives impacts the labor supply behavior or motivation to work of the husbands left behind.