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The purposes of this article are to study policies and regulations relating to skilled labor migration in the Philippines, and to study the roles of various sectors in the Philippines in encouraging and supporting labor migration to international labor markets, especially to Thailand. The study uses desk review of documents and qualitative research methods through in-depth interviews with representatives from government agencies, the private sector, and civil society in the Philippines. Qualitative data were analyzed using content analysis and descriptive induction to identify the key mechanisms used in the Philippines to govern migration overseas to work, namely the Migrant Workers and Overseas Philippines Act of 1995 (Republic Act 8042) and various government policies for overseas employment and the establishment of a high standard of protection for the welfare of overseas workers. The suggestions obtained from the research results are as follows: 1) High labor-exporting countries that lack policies to promote labor export should consider labor management in the Philippines as good practices for managing overseas workers. 2) The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration should cooperate with the Office of Foreign Workers Administration in Thailand to supervise and monitor an Exit Clearance Certificate for skilled Filipino workers.



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