The following table details relevant national legislation of relevance for migrant workers including provisions regulating the recruitment of migrant workers and measures in place for protection (such as pre-departure training, insurance schemes etc.).






Labor Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 442)

Main law governing employment practices and labour relations in the Philippines


Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 (RA NO. 8042)

Institutes policies on overseas employment and establishes standards for the protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers, their families and overseas Filipinos in distress


Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 (Republic Act No. 9208)




Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003

(Republic Act No. 9189)



Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003 (Republic Act No. 9225)

Establishes policies and institutional mechanisms to provide support to trafficked persons


Gives qualified overseas Filipinos the right to vote in national elections


Allows for dual citizenship


RA No. 10022 amending Republic Act No. 8042

Law amending RA No. 8042


Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 (RA No. 10364), an act expanding RA No. 9208

Law amending RA. No. 9208


Overseas Voting Act of 2013, or Republic Act 10590

Law amending RA. No. 9189 ensuring easier access to voting facilities for OFWs