Terms of Reference

As of February 15, 2019

I. Introduction

The Regional Development Council (RDC) is tasked to coordinate the development efforts in the region. One of the emerging issues that has to be given consideration by the Council is migration and development. Migration has become a social phenomenon and a global concern which needs a coordinated approach not only by government agencies but also other private sector initiatives.

There is a need to continuously explore opportunities where the economic gains of migration such as remittances, investments, donations and transfer of skills, expertise and knowledge of migrants are harnessed and effectively managed to ensure that migration contributes to the development of the overseas workers, their families and their communities.

The Calabarzon Region is one of the biggest sources of overseas migrants and consequently the major remittances’ contributor to the national economy. Despite the benefits derived from remittances, there are also social costs and challenges that have to be addressed in order to sustain the gains of migration. There is a need to protect the rights of migrant workers and to minimize the social costs of migration on the families left behind such as family alienation and break-up and over-dependency on migrant earnings.

The region is also a net in-migration area of people coming from various parts of the country due to its proximity to the National Capital Region, presence of the Batangas Port which serves as a gateway to and from the South, and status as highly industrialized region. In-migration has its pros and cons wherein a notable positive effect is the influx of skilled workers and negative effects are unplanned development and agriculture land conversion.

Given the absence of institutional mechanism at the regional level that will provide overall direction and coordination of the different migration development initiatives from the government and non-government organizations, an Ad Hoc Committee on Migration and Development was created in 2010. The Ad Hoc Committee was reconstituted as the Committee on Migration and Development (CMD), a special committee of the RDC in 2013. In 2016, the Committee created two sub-committees, namely, Sub-Committee on Internal Migration (SCIM) and Sub-Committee on International Migration and Development (SCIMD).

While the various committees on social development play vital roles in advancing social development in the region, the RDC through Resolution No. IV-A-185-2018 endorsed on December 6, 2018 the harmonization of social committees in the region including the CMD. One of the recommendations in the harmonization of social committees is the dissolution of the SCIM and SCIMD. The conduct of CMD meeting was changed from semestral to quarterly meetings. All matters pertaining to internal and international migration will be discussed in the CMD quarterly meetings.

II. Functions and Structures

The CMD is tasked to coordinate the formulation, implementation, monitoring, assessment and evaluation of plans, policies, programs and projects related to overseas and internal migration. It shall serve as an institutional mechanism to ensure that the concerns of migration are tackled and addressed at the regional and local levels. The CMD shall have the following specific functions:

  1. Provide planning and policy directions and guidance to regional and local development activities on migration
  2. Coordinate migration and development efforts of the regional line agencies (RLAs), local governments units (LGUs) and the private sector to promote complementation of plans, programs and projects
  3. Serve as a forum for discussion to resolve major issues concerning migration and development
  4. Identify and initiate policy research and other special studies to enhance and harness the skills and resources of the migrants and their families
  5. Provide technical assistance to RLAs and LGUs in mainstreaming migration and development in agency and local development plans, formulation of programs and projects responsive to M&D, establishment of migration database and resource mobilization.
  6. III. Officers and Members
    The CMD shall be composed of the following agencies and entities:
    Chairperson : National Economic and Development Authority
    Co-Chairperson : Private Sector Representative
    Vice-Chairpersons International Migration : Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Internal Migration : Commission on Population and Development
    Secretary : National Economic and Development Authority
    Regular Members :
    Commission on Filipinos Overseas 2. Commission on Population and Development 3. Cooperative Development Authority 4. Department of Agriculture 5. Department of Agrarian Reform 6. Department of Education 7. Department of Environment and Natural Resources 8. Department of Foreign Affairs 9. Department of Health 10. Department of the Interior and Local Government 11. Department of Labor and Employment 12. Department of Science and Technology 13. Department of Social Welfare and Development 14. Department of Tourism 15. Department of Trade and Industry 16. Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council 17. National Economic and Development Authority 18. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration

III. Officers and Members

The CMD shall be composed of the following agencies and entities:
Chairperson : National Economic and Development Authority
Co-Chairperson : Private Sector Representative
Vice-Chairpersons

International Migration : Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Internal Migration : Commission on Population and Development
Secretary : National Economic and Development Authority
Regular Members :

  1. Commission on Filipinos Overseas
  2. Commission on Population and Development
  3. Cooperative Development Authority
  4. Department of Agriculture
  5. Department of Agrarian Reform
  6. Department of Education
  7. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  8. Department of Foreign Affairs
  9. Department of Health
  10. Department of the Interior and Local Government
  11. Department of Labor and Employment
  12. Department of Science and Technology
  13. Department of Social Welfare and Development
  14. Department of Tourism
  15. Department of Trade and Industry
  16. Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
  17. National Economic and Development Authority
  18. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
  19. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
  20. Philippine Retirement Authority
  21. Philippine Statistics Authority
  22. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
  23. Provincial CMD Cavite
  24. Provincial CMD Laguna
  25. Provincial CMD Batangas
  26. Provincial CMD Rizal
  27. Provincial CMD Quezon
  28. League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators, Inc.
  29. Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives, Inc.
  30. PCCI Southern Tagalog
  31. Cavite State University
  32. Laguna State Polytechnic University
  33. Batangas State University
  34. University of Rizal System
  35. Southern Luzon State University
  36. University of the Philippines Los Baños

IV. Meetings and Quorum

The Committee shall hold regular meetings at least once every quarter. Special meetings or technical working group meeting shall be convened as need arises. Hosting of meetings shall be rotated among the members of the Committee.

The presence in a meeting of fifty (50) percent plus one of the regular members shall constitute a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the Committee members present may discuss the items in the agenda and make a recommendation thereon to the Council in the next meeting.

V. Decision of the Committee

The decision of the Committee shall only be recommendatory in nature and shall be in the form of resolution addressed to the RDC.

VI. Adoption

Adopted this 15th day of February 2019 in Calamba City, Laguna.