BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA-CAR) stated that of the 1.2 million household population of persons aged 15 years and above in the region, some 48,800 were said to be overseas workers.
In a report, the PSA-CAR noted that those 25-29 years old made up the largest age group with 11,598 overseas workers which comprise 24 percent of the total overseas workers from the different parts of the region.
The report added that those 30-34 years old accounted for 22 percent of the overseas workers, or a total of 10,527 individuals, followed by those aged 45 years old with 18 percent or 8,799 overseas workers.
The age bracket 35 to 39 years old came in fourth with 16 percent, or 8,005 overseas workers, followed by other age groups that comprise 11 percent each.
According to the report, the age group with the least number of overseas workers was under 20 years old with only 1 percent of the total overseas workers regionwide.
Of the total overseas workers from the Cordillera who were aged 15 years and over in 2015, 67.7 percent were females or 33,024 female overseas workers listed in the region.
On the other hand, 32.3 percent or 15,776 persons of the total overseas workers in the region were males.
In 205, the PSA-CAR stipulated that most overseas workers from the region were academic degree holders, which comprise 41 percent of the total overseas workers, followed by those who attended or completed high school at 31 percent. College under graduates comprise 19 percent and post-secondary graduates and under graduates comprise only 7 percent. Elementary graduates and under graduates comprise 3 percent and other grades or education levels comprise the remaining percentage.
Based on the PSA-CAR data, most overseas workers came from Benguet with 12,922 individuals, which comprise 26 percent of the total overseas workers registered in the region. Among the age groups, those aged 25-29 years old had the highest number of overseas workers with 3,395 persons while aged group below 20 had the least number of overseas workers with only 106 persons.
Baguio City came in second with 10,086 overseas workers comprising 21 percent of the total registered overseas workers regionwide wherein the highest number of workers came from the age group 45 and over with 2,958 individuals. The least number came from the age group 19 years and below with only 82 persons.
Abra came in third with 9,569 individuals which comprises 20 percent of the registered overseas workers in the region where most came from the age bracket 30-34 years old with 2,121 persons. The least number of overseas workers were aged 19 and below with 89 individuals.
Apayao registered the least number of overseas workers with 2,736 individuals which comprised 6 percent of the total registered overseas workers in the region. For other provinces, the proportion of their overseas workers to the total registered workers regionwide was 10 percent or less.
In Abra and Apayao, most of their overseas workers attended or completed high school. In Baguio City and in the rest of the provinces their overseas workers were mostly academic degree holders.
Baguio City recorded 51 percent of its overseas workers as academic degree holders, which translates to some 5,678 individuals. The second highest completed by overseas workers from Apayao and Abra was with college degree and overseas workers from Baguio City and other provinces attended or completed high school.
Benguet had 4,053 overseas workers or 31 percent who attended or completed high school while college under graduates were common in all provinces, including Baguio City, as the third most number of overseas works.
Kalinga had the highest proportion of college under graduates to its total number of overseas workers in the province with 23 percent with its total overseas workers.
In a related development, Abra had the least proportion of college under graduates to its total number of overseas workers in the province with account of 1,674 persons.