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Friday, October 21, 2016

OFWs TO BENEFIT OWWA REBATE PROGRAM, MEDPLUS PROGRAM THIS YEAR



From OWWA ADMIN HANS CACDAC: "Paunawa lang po patungkol sa "Rebate" para sa mga OWWA members. Ayon po sa Republic Act No. 10801 o "OWWA Act", magkakaroon po ng "rebate" o halaga ng pera na maaring ibigay o ibalik ng OWWA sa mga OFW na miyembro ng OWWA sa loob ng hindi bababa ng sampung (10) taon. Dapat lamang po ay hindi nakinabang ang nasabing OFW o kaanak nito sa anumang serbisyo o benepisyo mula sa OWWA.

Bago po maitalaga ang "Rebate System", kailangan po ng "actuarial study" o pagsusuri ng isang dalubhasa sa pagtukoy ng halaga ng benepisyo na sang-ayon sa kakayanan ng pondo. 

Sa unang anim na buwan po ng 2017, magkakaroon po tayo ng "actuarial study" at pagsumite nito sa OWWA Board of Trustees, para po maitalaga ang "Rebate System". Antabayanan na lamang po ang anunsiyo patungkol dito."

GOV'T PROGRAMS FOR OFW'S

The government is trying its best to provide projects and program for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). If you are an OFW you should know your rights, benefits, and programs soon you will be benefited of.

This year there are many changes that the government has implemented and will implement more for OFWs and here is the top five!





OEC is no longer a requirement to all vacationing OFWs to prove that he is an overseas Filipino worker.

All vacationing OFW that eventually will return to the same company or employer is exempted from getting OEC.



But make sure you are registered in Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) data bank or the Balik Manggagawa (BM) Online.


Remember OFWs, OEC is no longer required for re-contract workers.


(Watch: Philippine Labour Attache Ofelia Domingo explains who are exempted from getting an OEC and who are not)



Membership of an OFW in Overseas Welfare Workers Administration (OWWA) is now up to two years from the former co-terminus with the employment contract.
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RA 10801, or OWWA ACT, THE $25 OWWA FEE is NOW VALID FOR 2 YEARS


This means that even if the employment contract is prematurely terminated, OFW can still avail of his benefits from OWWA because of his two-year period membership.


WATCH:OWWA MEMBER KA NA BA?



The membership can be renewed at the end of the two-year period.

This is base on the OWWA Act 108001 which was passed last May 31, 2016.




3. OFW REBATE PROGRAM

OFW who regularly contribute to OWWA fund for 10 years can get a rebate from the agency. But this applies only to OFW who has never applied for any benefits from OWWA.

OWWA is still waiting for the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of this as a guide in the implementation of the Rebate Program.


(WATCH:New OWWA Act provides rebate program for OFWs)


As simple reminders to OFWs, always keep your records of OWWA membership payments including receipts or any document that will prove your membership to OWWA.

This will serve as proof that you are entitled to Rebate Program.

4. ONE STOP SERVICE CENTER FOR OFWs

Other than the One Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) on the ground floor of the POEA Building in Ortigas Avenue, every region in the whole country is also mandated to set up their own OSSCO.

This center will cater all the needs of OFWs and aspiring OFWs especially for the processing of all their documentary needs.


(WATCH:14 ahensya, magbibigay ng serbisyo sa one-stop service center para sa OFW)



A total of 14 government agencies positioned inside the OSSCO.

Among them is Department of Foreign Affairs; National Bureau of Investigation; Social Security System; Pag-IBIG fund; Commission on Higher Education; Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration; PhilHealth; Professional Regulation Commission; Technical Education, Skills and Development Authority (TESDA); Maritime Industry Authority; and the Bureau of Immigration

This is in line with President Duterte's mandate that all processing of papers of an OFW must be finished within 72 hours or three days.


About 24 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are set to benefit from the supplemental medical assistance program being offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in cooperation with PhilHealth.
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OWWA And PhilHealth Launches New MEDPLUS Program For OFWs

Under the memorandum of understanding signed by Philhealth and OWWA, this is one-time financial assistance known as MEDplus.


(WATCH:How OFWs can benefit from OWWA, PhilHealth)



All OFWs who are members of both the OWWA and PhilHealth are eligible for MEDplus. In the said MOU, OWWA will release an amount equivalent to that released by Philhealth. The maximum amount that OWWA can give is P50,000.

Filipinos abroad who wish to avail of MEDplus may send their hospital records to their kin in the Philippines to undergo the same process mentioned above.

MEDplus will be implemented this year.


WATCH VIDEO: OWWA AND DTI OFFER UP TO P2 MILLION LOAN FOR OFW

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