Research


Occasionally, HayPinas.org embarks on research projects that concern the Filipino diaspora. So far, we've presented or published the following completed qualitative studies:

Homilies as Knowledge Transfer Platform for Filipino Migrant Workers in Taiwan. (2012).

Labor migration has become entrenched in underdeveloped countries as a means to address rampant unemployment and to sustain the local economy. In the Philippines, it is estimated that one in ten Filipinos work abroad. With limited sources to address the information needs of widely dispersed Filipino migrant workers, this study explores how the Catholic Church could steward knowledge transfer, specifically through homilies. Under the framework of Symbolic Convergence theory, thematic content analysis is executed on homilies gathered from a Taiwan-based parish. Through close reading of themes from the recorded texts, migrant workers are said to have knowledge requirements based on their roles as: surveyor (of the foreign environment), survivor (of migrant challenges), and savior-returnee (of eventual homecoming). Findings suggest that homilies provide pragmatic, non-sectarian information. This exploratory study proposes that the church setting could host knowledge transfers for Filipino migrant workers.

Download the complete study from Intercultural Communication Studies, volume XXI(3).

You can also view the presentation at the 2012 IAIACS Conference (Taiwan):



Developing Content for Migrants at Crossroads: Lessons Learned from Piloting an Online Community Portal for Overseas Filipinos. (2013).

Millions of Filipinos have migrated to other countries to resettle and find work, forming one of the largest diaspora in contemporary times. But even with the ubiquity of the Internet, overseas Filipinos still complain about the lack of quality information sources for their myriad concerns (Del Rosario, 2007). This case study reports on the lessons learned from the pilot year of producing and managing content of HayPinas.org, an online community portal for overseas Filipinos. Taking cue from the trend of media convergence, this study seeks to outline a process model for developing content across online media platforms in the service of migrant advocacy. The study shares practical insights from HayPinas.org's experience in content development, online publishing, and social media management that is attuned to the information needs of its target audience.

Download the complete study from Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, volume 3(3).