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Sunday, October 31, 2010

OWWA Health Program (HEALTHPRO) and Complete List of Programs and Services

Isang magandang balita ang malamang ang OWWA ay nag expand ng coverage ng kanilang suporta at serbisyo para sa mga OFWs. Dati, hindi covered ng OWWA disability benefits kapag ang sakit o karamdaman ay hindi accident-related injuries. Dapat din na ang cause ay work-related or nangyari ito sa job site or lugar na pinagtatrabahuhan ng isang OFW. Noong March 4, 2010 ay nag implementa ang OWWA ng tinatawag na OWWA Health Program or HEALPRO. 

As qouted below:

OWWA HEALTHPRO has three components:

(a) Domestic hopitalization services – This is provided to an OFW patient upon arrival from abroad. This also includes OFWs already in the country who seek medical assistance within a prescribed period.

(b) Jobsite hospitalization services (overseas confinement) –  Health services are provided to an OFW-patient on-site who need immediate confinement due to emergency and other medical reasons.

(c) Medical reimbursement for emergency cases – This is a reimbursement scheme for an OFW-patient requiring immediate medical attention/pre-evaluation of illnesses to access hospital services and initially shoulder his hospital bills.

“Subsidized medical assistance through hospital wings dedicated for OFWs is an expanded medical benefit in response to the need of OFWs particularly those residing in the regions,” Dimzon said. “OWWA wants to help OFW patients whose Philhealth and HMO and company medical benefits have been exhausted. Having hospital wings in provincial hospitals also answers to the need of OFW patients for medical treatment near them.”

"Health Program for Overseas Filipino Workers or HEALTHPRO, OWWA’s institutional response to address the need for subsidized medical services of migrant workers, both local and overseas whose illnesses are either classified as intensive, dreaded, and catastrophic cases."

Narito naman ang kumpletong listahan ng mga programa at serbisyo na maaring makuha ng isang OFW kapag siya ay lehitimong miyembro:

Programs and Services

For its duly registered members, OWWA delivers a wide range of health care, disability and death benefits, scholarships and financial assistance for education and training, workers assistance and on-site services, and social services and family welfare assistance subject to the qualification requirements and availability of OWWA funds.

All benefits and services are over and above the provisions of the employment contract, offer of employers, or the laws of the receiving country.

For a US$25 membership contribution, an OWWA member and/or his family is entitled to the following benefits and services:

1.1 Health Program for OFWs (HEALTHPRO). Subsidized medical and hospitalization services for OFWs in response to the medical assistance needs of distressed OFWs, whether local or abroad. 1.2 OFW Medical Rehabilitation Program. A special health package to extend sustainable medical rehabilitation services for returning OFWs who are either suffering from any form of mental disorder/illness or physical disability.
For more information about the Medical Rehabiitation Program, please follow this link.
1.3 Disability and Dismemberment Benefit. A member is entitled to disability/dismemberment benefit of up to Php 50,000.
1.4 Total Disability Benefit. A member is entitled to Php 100,000.00 in case of total permanent disability.
1.5 Death Benefit. A member is entitled to a benefit of Php 100,000.00 for the duration of his employment contract for death due to natural cause, and Php 200,000.00 for death due to accident.
1.6 Burial Benefit. A burial benefit of Php 20,000.00 shall be provided as a rider in case of the member’s death.

1. Pre-Departure Education Program (PDEP). The PDEP is a mandatory training for all departing migrant workers. A component of the PDOS is the Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) where classes on language training, culture familiarization and stress management for the OFWs are held to prepare them for their new life overseas. The components of the PDEP are: Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) for household service workers, where classes on language training, culture familiarization and stress management for the OFWs are held to prepare them for their new life overseas.
Country-specific Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for OFWs bound for Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Participants are presented with a comprehensive module with sessions on contract familiarization, profile of the country of destination, stages of the OFW’s life, health and safety, airport procedures and government programs.
2. Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program. The SESP is a technical or vocational training scholarship to qualified OFWs and their beneficiaries. The SESP covers short-term (up to two years) vocational or technician’s course for OFWs and their dependents. A maximum of Php 14,500.00 per course shall be provided to qualified OFWs or their beneficiary.
3. Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). One hundred fifty (150) college scholarships are awarded to dependents of OFWs to pursue four- to five-year baccalaureate courses. A maximum of Php 60,000.00 per year shall be provided to qualified beneficiaries of OFWs.
For more information and to download the EDSP Application Form, please follow this link.
4. OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFW DSP). OWWA provides financial assistance of Php 20,000.00 per year to poor but deserving dependents of OFWs with a monthly salary of not more than US$400.00/month. Qualifiers enroll in a four- to five-year baccalaureate or associate course leading are entitled to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university.
For more information about OFW DSP, please follow this link.
5. Seafarers’ Comprehensive Education and Training Programs. Resulting from the maritime industry’s high demand for seafarers and the enhancement of competency for officer positions, OWWA undertakes stop-gap measures to ensure considerable supply of seafarers in the mid-management level and secure the place of our sea-based OFWs in the industry. 5.1 Seafarers’ Upgrading Program. The program intends to provide training assistance to seafarers for upgrading and updating of knowledge and skills through sponsorships. Up to Php 7,500.00 in scholarship grants are available per seafarer.
5.2 Mariners’ Dugtong-Aral. “Dugtong,” which means “bridging” in Filipino, is OWWA’s response to the government’s Bridging Program. The MDA is a scholarship grant given to qualified graduates of BS Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and BS Electrical Engineering (BSEE) who wish to graduate as BS Marine Engineering (BS MarE) and board ocean-going vessels as qualified Marine Officers through referrals made by manning agencies after hurdling the licensure examination.
5.3 Incentive Program for Top 200 Maritime Cadets (Cadetship Program). OWWA shall grant a Php 30,000.00 financial incentive to the top 200 cadets of BS Marine Transportation and BS Marine Engineering who passed the Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP) as part of the education for development scholarship program of OWWAOWWA members. for prospective
5.4 Maritime Educational Development Loan Program (MEDLOP) For Prospective Marine Officers and Engineers with Guaranteed International Onboard Employment (Study Now, Pay Later Scheme). MEDLOP is an interest-free financial assistance to defray costs of tertiary education of prospective Marine Officers and Engineers. The manning agency will be the applicant and sponsor for the MEDLOP and shall select the student to whom it shall extend the loan.
6. OWWA-Microsoft Tulay. “Tulay,” meaning “bridge” in Filipino, is a pioneering project between the OWWA and Microsoft Corporation that brings information and communication technology training to OFWs, to broaden their career opportunities, and facilitate long-distance communication between them and their families. It offers free information and communication technology (ICT) skills training, access to technology and communication via the Internet. At present, there are Community Technology Learning Centers (CTLC) in every OWWA regional welfare office in the Philippines and in some key overseas OWWA posts.
7. Tuloy-Aral Project. The Tuloy-Aral (“continuation of education”) or TAP is an educational assistance project which aids the less fortunate children of former OFWs to enable them to continue their elementary and high school education in the Philippines by providing a US$100 financial support per year to the child-beneficiary. Donors may be OFWs, OFW organizations, and other interested individuals or groups.
8. Tuloy-Kolehiyo. Extended coverage of the established TAP is the Tuloy Kolehiyo (“continuation of college education”) to include the tertiary education leading to either an associate or baccalaureate degree. The beneficiaries are entitled to either semestral stipend or actual costs of tuition and miscellaneous fees, offered by participating educational institutions, but not to exceed the maximum amount Php 15,000 per school year.

The OWWA sustains and maintains assistance to members in all its regional and overseas offices. On behalf of the OFW, the OWWA may provide appropriate representation with employers, agents, and host government authorities. Services include: 1. Locating OFW’S whereabouts, providing information and guidance, counseling and conciliation services, medical and legal assistance, community organization, workplace and hospital visitation, outreach missions, etc.
2. Repatriation Program which includes negotiation with employers and agents, repatriation of distressed workers, human remains and belongings, airport assistance, OWWA Halfway House accommodation, and coordination with families through the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWO).

1. Reintegration Program. The program is implemented by OWWA through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and OWWA’s Regional Welfare Offices and Overseas Posts for the member-OFW’s economic and social reintegration. Member-OFWs and their families are beneficiaries of the reintegration program and can participate through business counseling, community organizing, financial literacy seminars, capability-building, networking with support institutions, and other social preparation programs activities. Livelihood loans are available to members subject to the policies formulated by the Board.
The OWWA has an existing tie-up with the National Livelihood Development Corporation (NLDC) to come up with implement the Livelihood Development Program for OFWs (LDPO) to provide OFW families access to capital for their entrepreneurial activities.
The OWWA maintains a 24/7 Operations Center designed to quickly respond to OFW and public inquiries on OWWA programs and services. Manned by OWWA personnel who work in shifts, the Operations Center provides information and advice as well as facilitative services to OFWs in distress overseas; follow-up requests for assistance; global developments on worker migration; and coordination with OWWA regional welfare offices on OFW concerns.

The 24/7 Operations Center is located at
OWWA Building
7th corner F.B. Harrison Sts.
Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines

and can be contacted through the following:

Landline: (+632)833-OWWA or (+632)833-6992
GLOBE HOTLINE 2917 (Press “3” for OWWA)
Mobile/SMS text messaging: (0917)TXT-OWWA or (0917)898-6992
Facsimile: +63-2-8040638
Email: opcenter@owwa.gov.ph/ owwa_opcenter@yahoo.com
Web site: www.owwa.gov.ph

Source: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/index.php?page=benefits-and-services


  1. Ano po ba ang difference between OWWA Health Program at ng PhilHealth and how does it applies differently? Kung ang kagaya ko na OFW would like to avail of this OWWA Health Program may particular ba na basehan o procedure?

    Kindly englighten lang po, salamat

  2. Ang OWWA Health Program po is additional benefit lang from OWWA.Eligible ka sa ganitong benefit kapag registered member ka ng OWWA by paying 25 USD valid for 2 years. Yung PhilHealth naman po is a solely Health Insurance coverage which you can avail kapag nagbayad ka ng annual contribution na 900.

  3. Ito po bang USD25 para sa OWWA Health Program ay kasama na sa mandatory fee na binabayaran natin sa POEA kapag tayo ay nagbakasyon para tayo ay makakuha ng OEC o ito ay hiwalay na bayarin? Kung sakali na gusto ko na maka-avail nitong OWWA Health Pogram, meron po bang particluar OWWA accredited hospitals/clinics o health providers na dapat puntahan?


  4. Kung nagbayad ka ng mga PHP2,000+ nitong huli mong kuha ng OEC eh ibig sabihin kasama sa binayaran mo ung OWWA membership. Valid for 2-years na po yun. Actually nakalagay po yun sa resibo mo ng OEC. Meron accredited clinics / hospitals nasa website ng OWWA ang compelete lists.

  5. may application form ba na finifil up an para makapag reimburse ng medical expenses ang isang ofw na dito sa ating bansa magpapagamot?

  6. bakit ako nung umalis ng pinas march 2010 tapos nagbakasyon me march 2011 same pa din amount ng binayaran ko sa OEC?

  7. @Anonymous.

    Noong unang bayad nyo po ba saan kayo nagbayad, diretso ba sa POEA or thru Agency nyo? Saka ilang years po ang span ng contract nyo? As standard kasi 2-years ang initial contract. Noong 2011 saan kayo nagbayad? Meron ba kayo confirmation receipt noong unang bayad nyo (2010) kasi kung dala nyo yun pwede nyo igiit na bayad na kayo sa OWWA noong 2010 at valid pa yung for 2011. Hindi kc talaga sinasabi sa POEA na 2-years un validity unless giniit nyo.

  8. yan po bang health benefits ay kasama po ba ang pamilya oh mismong OFW lng po ang makakapag avail? at kung sakop nman po ang pamilya ano po ba ang mga requirements na kakailanganin? at pano po yon ang siningil lng po skin nung nagbayad po q sa POEA ng OEC ay binase lng po sa salary q na SR.1150/ month makaka avail po ba q ng health benefit pra sa pamilya q?

  9. @Anonymous:
    Meron pong Philhealth form na fini-fillup para makapaglagay ng beneficiaries. As standard rule po kapag married ka ang dapat na beneficiaries po ay una, Spouse or Asawa then ung mga anak. Kapag single ka po ay parent na above 60 yrs. old pro hihingan ka nila ng birth certificate ng parent or any identification na magpapatunay na 60 yrs old or above na sya. Pwede ka magrequest ng MDR mo para malaman mo status ng contribution mo dito "info@philhealth.gov.ph". Antay ka nga lang konti kc hindi ganun kabilis mag reply.

  10. bakit po hindi honor sa hospital ung oec receipt sa pag avail ng philhealt? sabi kc ng agency ko un lng daw po ang ipakita sa hospital. kaso po hindi po nila tinanggap.. ano po ba ang dapat.. gang nagyon pa po kasi nasa hospital pa ang wife ko. tsaka ano po ba ang pwedeng makuhang tulong mula sa owwa?? sana masagot nyo po... nagapapasalmat oman worker

  11. @Oman Worker... Pwede po kayo humingi sa Philhealth ng MDR (Member Data Records). Yun po ang printout ng lahat ng contributions nyo pati ang covered period. Then pa-print nyo narin ID nyo.. Importante kc yun.. Visit mo itong website ng Philhealth for more details: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/news/2012/robinsons_servicedesk.html

  12. bukod po ba sa philhealth wla n po bang pwedeng makuhang tulong mula sa owwa. 2months n po kc nk confine mrs ko also taking dialysis kaya hirap po ako.. kung my suggest p po kyo n pwedeng gawin sana po bigay nyo po, at salamat po sa early reply..//nagpapasalamat oman worker

  13. anu ano po ba ang mga requirements sa pag loan sa owwa?t pwede po ba ung para sa medical gagamitin?

  14. if 2008 pa ako nagkasakit dun sa barko,covered pa rin ba ako kahit 2010 na naapproved ang bagong benipisyo ng owwa?

  15. Hindi po ba tlga covered ng owwa health benefits if 58 yrs. Old plang po ang beneficiary???if not any assistance po mkuha ng family ng ofw pra sa hospitalization ng bneficiary... thanx

  16. Good day.. ask ko lng po kung pwede makakuha ng medicl assistance ang mr ko ... kailngan ni po kasing ma laser par mtanggal ang stone sa kidney ... si po ay kaslikuyng ngbbksyon ngun dito s pilipinas at babalik po sa susunod n buwan ... wla po kming sapat na amount para maumpishn na nia ang pgpapatnggal ng stone . Pls let me know if we are possible to get medical assistnce from owwa. Thank u and God bless po. , mrs. Sta.Barbara

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  19. is there any financial assistance or medical assistance afforded for dependents of an OWWA member?