Monday, September 22, 2014

Davao City hosts conference on the role of migrants and their remittances in sustainable development

Advance Information

DAVAO CITY – September 22, 2014 - PhilSmile, Wimler Foundation Philippines,  Ateneo Migration Center (AMC) and MinCode are organizing a conference in Davao on the "Role of Migrants and their remittances in Sustainable Development" on December 6, 2014. The conference will be held at F213 Auditorium, Ateneo de Davao University, Jacinto Campus, Davao City. Around 100 experts and practitioners from diverse sectors are expected to attend the conference. A Roundtable Discussion attended by 35 experts and practitioners will be conducted the following day.
The main objective of the conference is to understand the link between migration, remittances and sustainable development. So much money is sent back to the Philippines, US$25 billion in 2013 according to the World Bank, making the Philippines, the 3rd largest recipient country in the world, but where is all the remittances going?

Specifically, the conference aims to:

  • Analyze and understand the factors explaining why Filipinos migrate. What is their migration goal?
  • Understand the global dynamics of migrant remittances, especially in the context of sustainable development.
  •  Identify ways and means to help migrants and their families achieve their migration goals;
  • Gather existing initiatives and good practices on harnessing the development potentials of migrants’ remittances;
  • Discuss how migrant workers from Mindanao and their families, microfinance institutions, academes, local government, private sector, and other stakeholders can contribute to sustainable development;
  •  Learn from examples of good practices that can be possibly replicated

We hope through this conference we are able to map strategies on how we can support our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families make their lives better. We also hope that we can encourage various stakeholders to find ways and means how harness potentials of migration to contribute to sustainable development.

For more information about the conference, please check

To attend the conference, please contact:

Telephone:  (+63) 920 967 5082
Email: jmlisbona@gmail


PhilSmile is a new payment facility, enabling Overseas Filipinos (OFW) to pay directly the school of their relatives back in the Philippines, securing the key goal of OFW, Makapagpatapos (have their children graduate). By paying directly the school, PhilSmile reduces remittances costs and reconnects parents and their children left behind. 9m children under 18 grow up with one or both parents living and working abroad (UNICEF, 2009).


Camille "Cam" Krejci
CEO PhilSmile
47 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Metro Manila
+63 (02) 512 2144 / +63 918 282 5776

The WIMLER Partnership for Social Progress, Inc. The WIMLER Partnership for Social Progress, Inc. is a small non-profit and nongovernmental organisation which aims to contribute to the development. WIMLER supports the education of poor children, capacity building of grassroots community. WIMLER Foundation Hong Kong is the sister organization of WIMLER Philippines. WIMLER Foundation Hong Kong Ltd. supports the capacity building and empowerment of migrant communities regardless of nationalities and to promote cultural diversity.


Leila Rispens-Noel
President and Co-founder
WIMLER Foundation Philippines, Inc.

 The Ateneo de Davao University (Ateneo Migration Center) is run by the Society of Jesus in Davao City in the Philippines. It is also known by the acronym AdDU. Ateneo Migration Center (AMC) is a center that utilizes the three-fold function of the University towards generation of appropriate responses to migration concerns confronting Mindanao. It is preferable that said responses to migration concerns are informed by perspectives that are right-based, gender and culture responsive, pluralist, ecologically sound and trans- disciplinary and were arrived at through collaborative and participatory processes. AMC conducts relevant research studies and craft policy recommendations, capacity building, resource mobilization and builds partnership with relevant organizations. AMC organized Financial Literacy, Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (FLSE) in Davao City for OFW families in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University School of Government and other partner organizations.


Mildred Megarbio-Estanda
B/F Finster Bldg., Ateneo de Davao University
Jacinto Street, Davao City, Philippines 8000
Telefax no. 2242955

MINCODE is a coalition of twelve (12) networks of NGOs based in Mindanao.It was organized in 1991 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1992. MINCODE was established as a coalition in 1991 with 11 participating development NGO networks.  The coalition was formed by Mindanao NGOs and POs in response to the need to unify on a common perspective after two decades of working for people’s development.  Through its activities, the members found common ground to address the issues affecting the people particularly the poor in Mindanao.

The coalition serves as the forum for discussion, dialogue and coordination among Mindanao networks and NGOs concerning development programs and its impact to the Mindanao community.  It also serves as advocacy center of NGOs in Mindanao on issues related to development of tripeoples - Lumad, Moro and Christian settlers. It facilitates and promotes Mindanao consciousness and greater tripeople awareness among Mindanawons and Mindanao NGOs.

Patricia Sarenas
No. 3 Juna Avenue corner Camia Streets, Juna Subdivision
Matina, Davao City 8000
Phone:(082) 299 0625