Policy brief 3. Forging Philippine bilateral arrangements and agreements: Experiences and lessons

Bilateral arrangements and agreements (BLAs) are important policy instruments to facilitate ethical recruitment and circular migration of health professionals. While bilateral arrangements are nori-legally binding and flexible, bilateral agreements formalize specific terms for the commitment of concerned parties.

International organizations agree on the importance of bilateral arrangements and agreements between the source and destination countries. Bilateral arrangements are considered to be non-legally binding and flexible. Bilateral agreements formalize specific terms of commitment between and among the concerned parties.