All OFWs pay $25 to be mandatory members of OWWA. But, do you know the benefits and services you get from that $25? Here’s a list:
MEDICAL/HEALTHCARE, DISABILITY AND DEATH BENEFITS
- Disability and Dismemberment Benefit of Php 50,000
- Total Disability Benefit of Php 100,000.00
- Death Benefit of Php 100,000.00 for death due to natural cause, and Php 200,000.00 for death due to accident.
- Burial Benefit of Php 20,000.00 shall be provided as a rider in case of the member’s death.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING BENEFITS
Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) for household service workers.
Country-specific Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for OFWs, presented with sessions on contract familiarization, profile of the country of destination, stages of the OFW’s life, health and safety, airport procedures and government programs.
Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program, a technical or vocational training scholarship to qualified OFWs and their beneficiaries. A maximum of Php 14,500.00 per course shall be provided to qualified OFWs or their beneficiary.
Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). One hundred fifty (150) college scholarships are awarded to dependents of OFWs to pursue four- to five-year baccalaureate courses. A maximum of Php 60,000.00 per year shall be provided to qualified beneficiaries of OFWs.
OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFW DSP). OWWA provides financial assistance of Php 20,000.00 per year to poor but deserving dependents of OFWs with a monthly salary of not more than US$400.00/month. Qualifiers enroll in a four- to five-year baccalaureate or associate course leading are entitled to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university.
SEAFARERS’ COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
Seafarers’ Upgrading Program intends to provide training assistance to seafarers for upgrading and updating of knowledge and skills through sponsorships. Up to Php 7,500.00 in scholarship grants are available per seafarer.
Mariners’ Dugtong-Aral. “Dugtong,” which means “bridging” in Filipino, is OWWA’s response to the government’s Bridging Program for those: (a) who wish to graduate as BS Marine Engineering (BS MarE); and (b) board ocean-going vessels as qualified Marine Officers, through referrals made by manning agencies after hurdling the licensure examination.
Incentive Program for Top 200 Maritime Cadets (Cadetship Program). OWWA shall grant a Php 30,000.00 financial incentive to the top 200 cadets of BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering who passed the Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP) as part of the education for development scholarship program of OWWA for prospective OWWA members.
Maritime Educational Development Loan Program (MEDLOP) for Prospective Marine Officers and Engineers with Guaranteed International Onboard Employment (Study Now, Pay Later Scheme). MEDLOP is an interest-free financial assistance to defray costs of tertiary education of prospective Marine Officers and Engineers. The manning agency will be the applicant and sponsor for the MEDLOP and shall select the student to whom it shall extend the loan.
OWWA-Microsoft Tulay. “Tulay,” meaning “bridge” in Filipino, is a pioneering project between the OWWA and Microsoft Corporation that brings information and communication technology training to OFWs. It offers free information and communication technology (ICT) skills training, access to technology and communication via the Internet.
Tuloy-Aral Project. The Tuloy-Aral (“continuation of education”) or TAP is an educational assistance project which aids the less fortunate children of former OFWs to enable them to continue their elementary and high school education in the Philippines by providing a US$100 financial support per year to the child-beneficiary. Donors may be OFWs, OFW organizations, and other interested individuals or groups.
Tuloy-Kolehiyo. Extended coverage of the established TAP is the Tuloy Kolehiyo (“continuation of college education”) to include the tertiary education leading to either an associate or baccalaureate degree. The beneficiaries are entitled to either semestral stipend or actual costs of tuition and miscellaneous fees, offered by participating educational institutions, but not to exceed the maximum amount Php 15,000 per school year.
WORKERS’ ASSISTANCE AND ON-SITE SERVICES
- Locating OFW’S whereabouts, providing information and guidance, counseling and conciliation services, medical and legal assistance, community organization, workplace and hospital visitation, outreach missions, etc.
- Repatriation Program which includes negotiation with employers and agents, repatriation of distressed workers, human remains and belongings, airport assistance, OWWA Halfway House accommodation, and coordination with families through the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWO).
SOCIAL AND FAMILY WELFARE ASSISTANCE
Reintegration Program. The Member-OFWs and their families are beneficiaries of the reintegration program and can participate through business counseling, community organizing, financial literacy seminars, capability-building, networking with support institutions, and other social preparation programs activities. Livelihood loans are available to members subject to the policies formulated by the Board.
OWWA-NLDC LDPO PROJECT. The OWWA has an existing tie-up with the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) to come up with implement the Livelihood Development Program for OFWs (LDPO) to provide OFW families access to capital for their entrepreneurial activities.
24/7 OWWA Operations Center. The OWWA maintains a 24/7 Operations Center designed to quickly respond to OFW and public inquiries on OWWA programs and services. Know how to get in touch with OWWA, for your reference, 24/7 Operations Center is located at: OWWA Building, 7th corner F.B. Harrison Sts., Pasay City Metro Manila, Philippines
Landline: (+632)833-OWWA or (+632)833-6992
GLOBE HOTLINE 2917 (Press “3” for OWWA)
Mobile/SMS text messaging: (0917)TXT-OWWA or (0917)898-6992
Email: [email protected]/ [email protected]