Know the Various OWWA Programs and Benefits for OFW's
Apr 14, 2006
- EXPANDED LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (ELDP)
The ELPD is a lending program fo Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents. This program affords capital to returning OFWs and/or their families who plan to open up small businesses or improve their own existing businesses.
- CHATTEL MORTGAGE
Refers to equipment/machinery/tools, transport vehicle or appliances used in the project of at the residence wherein the appraised value of these will not go below the amount to be loaned.
- FAMILY ASSISTANCE LOAN PACKAGE
Family Assistance Loan package is one of OWWA's program package which offers emergency cash of up to P 5,000.00 graduated according to salary scales of the OFW. There are 2 categories in availing said loan package for the newly hired OFW and more for Balik-Manggagawa on a vacationing OFW.
Security and Protection
- LEGAL ASSISTANCE
OWWA members / contributors are provided legal assistance either on the jobsite of after they arrive home.
- REPATRIATION OF WORKERS
As contained in the Migrant Worker and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, the primary responsibility to repatriate OFW lies on the principal or agency to advance the cost of plane fare and to immediately send the worker home should the need for it arise, without prior determination of the cause of the termination of the worker's employment. However, after the worker has returned to the country, the principal or agency may recover the cost of repatriation from the worker if the termination of the employment was due to solely to his / her fault. In case of conflict, the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) will determine the outcome of the dispute.
In the case the employer fails to provide for the worker's repatriation cost, the OWWA official assigned at the post shall notify OWWA nd POEA simultaneously so that proper disposition can be made. The OWWA officials at post will send communication to its home office to provide flight details of the returning worker so that airport assistance may be provided.
- AIRPORT ASSISTANCE
Airport assistance is a regular OWWA program. Once a repatriation advisory is sent to the home office, OWWA officers assigned at the OWWA Counter located at the premises of Ninoy Aquino International Airport will immediately attend to the needs of the arriving distressed or sick workers.
INSURANCE COVERAGE OF OFWs
- Life Insurance
- Burial Assistance
- Disability Assistance
This is a monetary assistance granted to OFWs who suffered work-related injuries, illness and disabilities during employment abroad, the symptoms of which appear even after termination of employment, but not to exceed six months from the date of arrival provided that the application is received by OWWA within seven months from the date of arrival. The disability assistance amounts from Php 1,500 to 10,000 depending on the degree of OFW's illness / injuries based on the schedule of Impediment Grade provided for under the program's implementing guidelines. Evaluation of OFW's disability is made by OWWA's medical consultants.
- Financial Assistance
- MEDICARE Program For OFWs and their Dependent
- Migrant Workers Evaluation and Referral Center
Psychological and Social Well-Being
- THE SOCIAL REINTEGRATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
The Social Reintegration Program Development assists returning OFWs to cope with psychological factors / difficulties / perplexities / troubles they encounter on their return home.
Skills and Career Development
- Training Grants for Seamen's Career Development
- Refresher Course Program
- Training Loan for Filipino Seamen (Officer's Upgrading Courses)
- SKILLS-FOR-EMPLOYMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - PHASE II (SESP-II)
The Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program - Phase II (SESP-II) provides scholarship grant in the collegiate level to deserving and qualified dependents of OFWs. It covers degree courses not exceeding five (5) years of curriculum studies.
- CONGRESSIONAL MIGRAND WORKERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (CMWSP)
It is scholarship Program extended to deserving Migrant Workers and/or their immediate descendants who intended to pursue courses in the priority fields in Science and Technology.
Integrated Support Services
- Participation in Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS)
- Public Assistance Program
- On-Site Services
- OWWA Identification (I.D.) System