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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Exclusive Perks Of Being An OFW

Being considered as modern-day heroes, government offices, as well as some private establishment, give different perks and privileges to overseas Filipino workers (OFW). Aside from the sacrifices they had to go through just to earn better by working abroad, OFWs are the breadwinners of their families back home and the major contributor to keep the Philippine economy afloat by sending their remittances. they deserve to be rewarded by these kinds of privileges.

Being considered as modern-day heroes, government offices, as well as some private establishment, give different perks and privileges to overseas Filipino workers (OFW). Aside from the sacrifices they had to go through just to earn better by working abroad, OFWs are the breadwinners of their families back home and the major contributor to keep the Philippine economy afloat by sending their remittances. they deserve to be rewarded by these kinds of privileges.     Ads      Sponsored Links  Exemption on Fees It’s all because of the Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC. Being an OFW, specifically, a legitimate one means you will be exempted from various fees like airport terminal fee, travel tax, and documentary stamp tax.  Tax-Free Shopping at Duty-Free If you want to do some additional shopping before heading home, then the Duty-Free Philippines can be your partner. You can enjoy tax-free shopping within 15 days from the time you arrived so you can give pasalubong to your family, relatives, and friends.   Housing Loan from SSS or PAG-IBIG Are you thinking of buying a house or giving your existing home a much-needed renovation? SSS or PAG-IBIG can help you on this since they offer housing facilities at lower rates compared to banks and other lending institutions.  SSS offers Direct Housing Facility Loan for OFWs where you can loan for as much as P2 million and payable up to 15 years maximum. On the other hand, PAG-IBIG also offers a housing loan facility for OFWs where you can borrow as much as P6 million.   Free Language Courses at TESDA Yes, you read that right. TESDA Language Skills Institute offers free language training for Spanish, English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Arabic to help Filipinos become more equipped in terms of language. This will come in handy when you are headed to any of the countries that speak any of these languages as well as an advantage on your part as OFW.  If you plan to enroll, then make sure you register early because slots are limited. Nonetheless, OFWs are given priority, but it’s best to reserve your slot early. You can check TESDA website for further details about this program.    OWWA Benefits  The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA is the agency that protects and promotes the welfare of OFWs and their dependents. In line with this, several benefits are being offered by the agency such as onsite assistance, livelihood trainings, education assistance for dependents, counseling, and legal assistance among others.   DFA Courtesy Lanes With the recent opening of passport renewal slots (86,889 New Slots in September!), you can now apply for your passport related concern without hassle. OFWs are given access to DFA Courtesy Lanes. You don’t need to even schedule an appointment online.   No OFWs will miss a job just because of delays in Passport Application. How good is that?   Low interest loans  There are loan programs from the banks that are tailored for OFWs and they are giving it for very low-interest rates and flexible tenures.   Flexible Investment scheme from SSS  SSS provides a program they called SSS Flexi-fund where OFWs can invest their excess contributions to earn dividends and they can withdraw it anytime they wish or when they finally decided to stay home for good.         Ads     Filed under the category of modern-day heroes, overseas Filipino workers, working abroad, OFW remittances
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Exemption on Fees
It’s all because of the Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC. Being an OFW, specifically, a legitimate one means you will be exempted from various fees like airport terminal fee, travel tax, and documentary stamp tax.

Tax-Free Shopping at Duty-Free
If you want to do some additional shopping before heading home, then the Duty-Free Philippines can be your partner. You can enjoy tax-free shopping within 15 days from the time you arrived so you can give pasalubong to your family, relatives, and friends.


Housing Loan from SSS or PAG-IBIG
Are you thinking of buying a house or giving your existing home a much-needed renovation? SSS or PAG-IBIG can help you on this since they offer housing facilities at lower rates compared to banks and other lending institutions.

SSS offers Direct Housing Facility Loan for OFWs where you can loan for as much as P2 million and payable up to 15 years maximum. On the other hand, PAG-IBIG also offers a housing loan facility for OFWs where you can borrow as much as P6 million.


Free Language Courses at TESDA
Yes, you read that right. TESDA Language Skills Institute offers free language training for Spanish, English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Arabic to help Filipinos become more equipped in terms of language. This will come in handy when you are headed to any of the countries that speak any of these languages as well as an advantage on your part as OFW.

If you plan to enroll, then make sure you register early because slots are limited. Nonetheless, OFWs are given priority, but it’s best to reserve your slot early. You can check TESDA website for further details about this program.


OWWA Benefits
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA is the agency that protects and promotes the welfare of OFWs and their dependents. In line with this, several benefits are being offered by the agency such as onsite assistance, livelihood training, education assistance for dependents, counseling, and legal assistance among others.

DFA Courtesy Lanes
With the recent opening of passport renewal slots (86,889 New Slots in September!), you can now apply for your passport related concern without hassle.
 OFWs are given access to DFA Courtesy Lanes. You don’t need to even schedule an appointment online.

No OFWs will miss a job just because of delays in Passport Application. How good is that?


Low interest loans
There are loan programs from the banks that are tailored for OFWs and they are giving it for very low-interest rates and flexible tenures.

Flexible Investment scheme from SSS
SSS provides a program they called SSS Flexi-fund where OFWs can invest their excess contributions to earn dividends and they can withdraw it anytime they wish or when they finally decided to stay home for good.


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The Social Security System (SSS) has announced the new batch of loan condonation program or the loan restructuring program (LRP) whereas the members with delinquent status in paying their previous loan in a period of more than 6 months will be allowed to settle their accounts without paying any penalty. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)who currently has current unpaid loans are urged to apply for the LRP until October 1.     Ads      Sponsored Links   SSS continues to encourage its members, including OFWs, to apply for loan restructuring program with penalty condonation especially OFWs who have short-term member loans including calamity, salary, educational, and emergency loans.  Under the program, members will no longer pay the additional penalties for the unsettled loans. Members only need to pay for the annual interest alongside the principal loan.  Payments can be done in whole or on a monthly basis as long as the payment terms will not exceed 5 years.  OFWs can apply for LRP in two ways: 1. If you are currently in the UAE, you can visit the SSS office located at the Philippine Consulate in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.  2. OFWs can also delegate their application to their authorized representative. Give them an authorization letter to process the application through the SSS office in the Philippines.    You can download the application form at the SSS official website.              Ads     Filed under the category of Social Security System , SSS, loan restructuring program, loan condonation program, Overseas Filipino workers, United Arab Emirates , loans