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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

What are the Procedures to Claim Back Wages, Compensation, End of Service, or Death Benefits for Repatriated OFWs?

There is a hThere is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Flooruge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the deceased OFW’s legal heirs collect their respective benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the heirs.   The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

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There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112M in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.
There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing a
ssistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:
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1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.
There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable:
  • Name of the OFW
  • Address and contact number of the OFW
  • Address and contact number of the employer
  • Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency
  • The specific reason for the request

There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

    3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.
    There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

    4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.
    There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

    5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.
    There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor

    The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims:
    1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport
    2. illegal and undocumented workers
    3. multiple marriages
    4. illegitimate children
    5. family disputes
    6. incomplete documentary requirements
    7. no identified beneficiary
    8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records
    9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants
    10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons
    There is a huge shift in the economic situation in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia alone, huge companies like Saudi Oger, Saudi Bin Laden Group, Al Saad Group, Al-Khodari, and other similar companies have sent home foreign workers numbering in thousands due to a slow economy. Trapped in this situation are thousands of OFWs who were left with almost nothing to bring home to their families. But actually, the DFA, via the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Welfare Affairs, has the mandate to go back after these employers who failed to pay back wages as well as end of service benefits to these former OFWs. In fact, A recent report from the Commission on Audit cited the OUMWA for failing to release over P112 in benefits to various OFWs, with some benefits reaching up to 10 years back. These benefits range from ESB, back wages, remunerations and injury or death benefits.  If you have some back wages or other monetary benefits that is pending, you can actually go to the DFA to request for assistance in collecting them. The Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs is in charge of providing assistance to nationals (ATN) and legal assistance in coordination with relevant government agencies. They are mandated to provide assistance to distressed OFWs as well as repatriated OFWs. So if you have a claim to unpaid salaries or other benefits, or need legal assistance, here's what you need to do:  1. Inform OUMWA of any request for assistance through letters, telephone calls or visits to OUMWA’s office by your relatives. Requests for assistance can also be endorsed by government officials, from Congressmen and Senators, to local government officials. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the media may also endorse such request.  2. Requests should include the following details, as applicable: Name of the OFW Address and contact number of the OFW Address and contact number of the employer Address and contact number of the foreign and/or local agency The specific reason for the request 3. If the request is about monetary compensation, unpaid wages or end of service benefits, the computation for the amount will be based on the host country's labor laws. An OFW who will be leaving behind his claim may need to execute a Special Power of Attorney to allow appointed Saudi lawyers to continue pursuing claims for unpaid wages and benefits on behalf of the OFWs after the OFWs are repatriated back to the Philippines. The same may be done by a former OFW who is already in the Philippines.  4. If the request is about end of service and unpaid wages for a deceased OFW, the OUMWA will coordinate with the host country via the Philippine Embassy there. Following the procedures and labor laws of the host country, the Embassy will process both the repatriation of the deceased, as well as facilitate the claims for the benefits.  5. Once all process is complete, the Philippine Embassy will receive the payment of the benefits and make necessary arrangements to forward the money to the account of the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) where the OFW of his/her legal beneficiaries can collect benefits. The OUMWA will require documentary proof for establishing the identification and relations of the beneficiaries.  The following reasons may cause delay in processing or releasing claims: 1. OFWs using substitute names in their passport 2. illegal and undocumented workers 3. multiple marriages 4. illegitimate children 5. family disputes 6. incomplete documentary requirements 7. no identified beneficiary 8. discrepancies and inconsistencies between records 9. failure to reach an amicable settlement among the adverse claimants 10. unknown/untraceable whereabouts of the beneficiaries 11. failure of the recipients outside Metro Manila to readily open a bank account due to fund various reasons   The OUMWA  ay be reached through the following ways:  OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS  Atty. Sarah Arriola  Hotline: (+632) 834-4996 Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229 Fax number: (+632) 551-0847 e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com   The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor


    The OUMWA may be reached through the following ways:


    OFFICE OF THE UNDERSECRETARY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS AFFAIRS
    Atty. Sarah Arriola
    Hotline: (+632) 834-4996
    Assistance for death benefits: (+632) 834-3229
    Fax number: (+632) 551-0847
    e-mail address: oumwa@dfa.gov.ph, oumwa.database@gmail.com 

    The OUMWA Office is found in DFA Main Office in Pasay, 3rd Floor


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