Filipinos in Palau

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Filipinos in Palau
Total population
Regions with significant populations
35% of Palau population (2006)
Tagalog, Palauan, English, other Philippine languages, Spanish
Mostly Roman Catholicism · Protestantism.
Related ethnic groups
Filipino people, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in Palau consist of migrants from the Philippines and their descendants living in Palau. The approximately 7,000 Filipinos living in Palau make up about 35% of the entire population of Palau,[1] and make up the second-largest ethnic group after Palauans.[3] In addition, the Tagalog language is the fourth most-spoken language in Palau.[4]


Filipinos first arrived in Palau during their years under the Captaincy General of the Philippines. Palau was integrated to the First Philippine Republic near the end of the Philippine Revolution, but the Philippines lost control after their defeat in the Philippine-American War. After World War II there was a resurgence of Filipino people coming to Palau.[5] They served as serviceman in the United States Navy, and came to work at a power plant.[4] In the 1970s, about 200 Filipinos were living and working in Palau, mostly in teaching and professional positions.[6] Today, there are 4,495 Filipinos that live legally in Palau, and twenty-one of them are permanent residents, while the rest, 4,434, are migrant workers.[7] However, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Saipan estimates that 80% of Filipinos living in Palau are undocumented immigrants.[8] In 2007, four people, two Filipinos and two Taiwanese, were arrested, jailed and fined for smuggling several Filipinos into Palau.[9]

Filipino labour[edit]

Filipinos in Palau are employed in the agricultural,[10] construction,[4] education,[11] engineering,[11] fishing,[10] hotel,[4] medical,[10] restaurant,[4] and tourism[4] sectors or as domestic helpers.[4] The minimum monthly wages that a Filipino would receive is about US$250.[10] There is no Philippine Department of Labor and Employment office in Palau,[10] but the Filipino Embassy works with the government of Palau to coordinate labour recruitment.[10] Ramoncito Mariño, the Filipino ambassador to Palau said, "...labor problems usually start in the recruitment itself. So we make sure that the Palauan employers are in touch with legal recruiters who can produce qualified workers. It would also be another problem if the ones sent here are not qualified for their jobs."[10]


Many Filipinos in Palau can speak Palauan and English language along with their native languages. Filipinos in Palau are mostly speakers of Tagalog, which is, along with almost all Filipino languages are distantly related to Palauan linguistically. Tagalog is the country's fourth most spoken language.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "``Today, there are some 4,000 Filipinos working and...``". Philippine Office of the President. 2008-04-02. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  3. ^ Alegado, Dean T. (2005). "SINGGALOT (Ties That Bind)". FAHNS. Archived from the original on January 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
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  5. ^ "PGMA's Speech during a State Banquet". 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  6. ^ Alegado, Dean; Finin, Gerard A. (Fall 2000). "Exporting People: The Philippines and Contract Labor in Palau" (PDF). The Contemporary Pacific. University of Hawai'i Press. 12 (2): 359–370. doi:10.1353/cp.2000.0039. ISSN 1527-9464. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  7. ^ Garcia, Madeline Joy A. (2008). "Pinoys top foreigners in 16 countries". OFW Journalism. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  8. ^ Calindas, Marconi (2006-10-17). "'Most Filipino workers in Palau are undocumented'". Saipan Tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  9. ^ Uy, Veronica (2007-05-22). "2 Filipinas, 2 Taiwanese jailed for Palau human trafficking". Global Nation. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g Regalado, Edith (2006-06-05). "GOVERNMENT ENSURING PROTECTION OF PINOY WORKERS IN PALAU". Newsflash. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  11. ^ a b "Envoy to Lebanon reassigned to Palau". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2009-02-07.