On May 9, 1980, the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. or PASEI for short, was founded by ten private employment agencies that envisioned the organization to have the following purposes:
- To make proper representation with government agencies, divisions, branches and other instrumentalities, with foreign governments through their respective Embassies and Consulates and also with private and non-government entities, for the purpose of promoting and protecting the welfare of its members consistent with the national interest and the common good.
- To aid government in its campaign against illegal recruitment and other problems that concerns the overseas employment industry.
- To upgrade the skills of Filipino workers thereby uplifting work standards and conditions in overseas employment and to aid our Filipino workers in their fight against harsh and exploitative foreign employers.
- To establish and maintain closer and harmonious relationships among its members; to encourage healthy competition among its members through the formulation, adoption and enforcement of appropriate rules and procedures governing its activities; to build the reputation of PASEI to a level where it will acquire recognition in both government and private sectors that it participates and get consulted in all matters involving overseas employment.