Social Benefits

A. Disability and Dismemberment Benefit

Disability/Dismemberment benefit of up to Php 100,000.00 for injuries sustained due to accidents while working abroad

B. Death Benefit

A Php 100,000.00 benefit in case of death due to natural cause and Php 200,000.00 in case of death due to accident, shall be received by the legal heirs.

C. Burial Benefit

On top of the death benefit, a rider of Php 20,000.00 shall be received by the legal heir for the funeral expenses.

Education and Training Benefits

A. Pre-Departure Education Program (PDEP) – A mandatory orientation / training for all departing OFWs. It consists of the following:

1. Country Specific Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) – A whole day orientation to OFWs consisting of a comprehensive module on employment contract familiarization, profile of the country of destination, stages of the OFWs life, health and safety, airport procedures, government programs and services.

2. Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) – A 3 to 6-day live-out training for Household Service Workers (HSWs) consisting of language training, culture familiarization and stress management to prepare them for life overseas.

B. Scholarships, Training and Incentive Programs

B1. Scholarship and Incentive Programs for OFWs / Seafarers

a) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) – Scholarships for attendance to short-term upgrading courses for seafarers. First availment consists of Php 7,500.00 training assistance. Availment in another training course every after 3 recorded membership.

b) Mariners’ Dugtong-Aral (MDA) – Scholarships for qualified graduates of BS Mechanical Engineering and BS Electrical Engineering, consisting of a maximum of Php 38,120.00 plus Php 15,000.00 for 3-month stipend, leading to a BS Marine Engineering degree. These are for those who wish to board an ocean vessel as qualified Marine Officers.

c) Incentive Program for Top 200 Maritime Cadets (Cadetship Program) – A financial incentive to top 100 students of BS Marine Transportation and top 100 students of BS Marine Engineering who passed the Maritime School Assessment Program, consisting of a maximum of Php 30,000.00 per cadet to be used in processing documentary requirements needed in boarding an international vessel.

d) Marine Educational Development Loan Program (MEDLOP) – A “Study Now, Pay Later” program. MEDLOP is an interest-free financial assistance to defray the cost of tertiary education of prospective Marine Officers and Engineers with guaranteed International Onboard Employment.

B2. Scholarship for Dependents

a) Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) – Scholarships for qualified dependents of OFWs consisting of a maximum of Php 60,000.00 per school year, leading to a four-to-five year baccalaureate course in any college or university.

b) OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) – Scholarships consisting of a maximum of Php 20,000.00 assistance per school year leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university. OFW parents must have a monthly salary of not more than $400.00

c) Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) – Scholarships for survivors of deceased OFWs consisting of Php 5,000.00 for elementary, Php 8,000.00 for high school, Php 10,000.00 for college (per school year) and livelihood assistance of Php 15,000.00 for the surviving spouse.

d) Tuloy-Aral Project (TAP) – An educational assistance consisting of US$ 100.00 financial support solicited from sponsors to augment the school needs of less fortunate elementary and high school children of former OFWs.

e) Tuloy-Kolehiyo – An extension of the TAP to pursue the tertiary level of education of the TAP scholars leading to either an associate or baccalaureate degree.

B3. Short-Term Training Programs for OFWs and Dependents

a) Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) – Scholarships for attendance to short-term training program consisting of a maximum of Php 14,500.00 per course leading to the completion of a vocational or technical course in any school accredited by TESDA.

b) OWWA-Microsoft Tulay – A joint undertaking with Microsoft Corporation providing OFWs and their families free information and communication technology (ICT) skills training, the purpose of which is to bridge the communication gap through the use of internet between the OFW and his/her family.

Workers Welfare Assistance Program

A. On-Site Welfare Case Management

Includes requests for assistance on OFWs’ whereabouts, psycho-social counseling, conciliation, airport assistance, hospital/prison/work camp visitations and legal assistance to OFWs who wish to pursue labor/welfare case in the court of the host country.

B. In-Country Welfare Case Management

Includes requests by families and NOKs (next-of-kin) for assistance from Post, post-repatriation assistance, counseling, referrals and other concenrs. Requests for assistance from NOKs or from OFWs can be channeled through the 24/7 Operation Center.

Repatriation Program

Repatriation includes bringing distressed OFWs back to the country or bringing back of human remains. Emergency repatriation is carried out in the even of any of political unrest or natural calamities.

Repatriated OFWs are accorded with airport assistance, temporary shelter at the Halfway Home, psycho-social counseling, stress debriefing, and provision of transport services or fares for their on-ward travel to their provinces.

Clients OFWs
Requirements: Passport, Employment Contract

Membership Verification Sheet (MVS)

Accomplished Case Intake Sheet

Schedule of Availability of Service Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Address and Contact Information Repatriation Assistance Division, Rm 202, 2nd Flr. OWWA Center
7th Street cor. FB Harrison Street, Pasay City (or nearest OWWA
Regional Welfare Office)
Fees (actual amounts or computation) None
Total Processisng Time: Variable (depending on nature of OFW case)

How to avail of the service:

No Client Step Office/person responsible Location of Office
1 Request for repatriation assistance and request coming from referrals Repatriation Assistance Division/Case Officer Room 201
2 Wait for notice of repatriation date arrival of OFW Repatriation AssistanceDivision/Case Officer Room 201


Reintegration Program


REINTEGRATION is a way of mainstreaming returning OFWs into the Philippine Society.

A. Reintegration Preparedness (On-Site)

Includes trainings on value formation, financial literacy, entrepreneurial development training (EDT), techno-skills and capacity building trainings.

B. Reintegration (In-Country)

Implemented under the auspices of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and OWWA Regional Welfare Offices, consisting of job referral (local and overseas employment), business counseling, community organizing, financial literacy seminar, networking with support institutions, and social preparation programs.

A 2 Billion-Peso Reintegration Fund for enterprise development is a loan facility, in cooperation with the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines, where a member or their legal dependent can avail of Php 300,000.00 to Php 2 million.

The OWWA-NLDC Livelihood Development Program for OFWs is another loan facility, where an OFW can avail of Php 200,000.00 or Php 1 million pesos for group borrowers.

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