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