“Prior to your departure from the Philippines to your host nation, it is recommended that you explore the educational training and skill improvement programs provided below:
- Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) for the Specific Country: This seminar aims to provide essential information to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to help them make informed decisions before leaving. It covers topics such as the destination country, employment standards, airport procedures, and government programs and services.
- Destination Country Information: Gain knowledge about the country where you will be working, including its culture, laws, and customs.
- Employment Contract: Familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of your employment contract to ensure your rights and obligations are protected.
- Financial Literacy: Enhance your financial knowledge and learn how to manage your earnings effectively while abroad.
- Government Programs and Services: Explore the support and services provided by the Philippine government to OFWs, such as assistance in times of distress or emergencies.
- Health and Safety: Educate yourself about health and safety measures in your host nation, including medical facilities, emergency contacts, and preventive measures.
- Stages of OFWs’ Life Abroad: Understand the different stages and challenges you may encounter during your time as an OFW, from initial adjustment to potential career development opportunities.
- Travel Tips and Airport Procedures: Receive guidance on travel-related matters, including packing essentials, airport procedures, and tips for a smooth departure.
It is advisable to take advantage of these educational programs to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge and skills before embarking on your journey abroad.”
Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP)
This seminar aims to help to depart HSWs overcome the language barrier and the cultural differences between destination countries.
- Language training
- Culture Familiarization
- Stress management
Short-Term Training Programs for OFWs & Dependents
Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP)
Counter 1 is where you can acquire the Notice of Award (NOA). Once you have received the NOA, you can proceed with the following steps:
- Pay the required training fee of Php 14,500 at the designated payment area.
- Submit the proof of payment to the Education and Training Unit/Focal.
- Obtain a Training Slot Assignment from the Education and Training Unit/Focal.
- Attend the training program based on the assigned schedule and location.
- Upon completion of the training, submit the required documents for evaluation and processing.
- Await the release of the Certificate of Completion.
It’s important to note that these steps are provided based on the information you’ve given about a short-term training program for members of the OFW Force and their authorized/qualified dependents. However, it’s always advisable to directly contact the OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) or the concerned office for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the specific program and its application process.
Based on the information provided, it seems like you’re referring to the claim period for the issuance of a Notice of Approval (NOA) for certain requirements. The claim period depends on the region of the applicant. Here are the two scenarios mentioned:
- For applicants from the same region: The NOA can be claimed within 2 days from the date of submission of the completed requirements.
- For applicants from other regions: The NOA can be claimed within 7 days after submitting the required documents.
It’s important to note that the information provided may not be universally applicable and could be specific to a certain process or organization. If you require further clarification or have specific questions regarding a particular application or requirement, please provide more details so that I can assist you more accurately.
Information Technology (IT) Training Program
The Basic Computer Literacy Program, initiated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), aimed to enhance the technological skills of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families. Initially, the program focused on providing training to improve basic computer literacy. Participants were taught essential skills such as operating a computer, navigating the internet, and utilizing common software applications.
Over time, the program expanded its scope and began offering instruction in various applications that could be beneficial for employment purposes. This evolution allowed participants to acquire skills that are in demand in today’s digital world, thereby increasing their chances of securing better job opportunities, either overseas or in the Philippines.
It’s important to note that the Basic Computer Literacy Program is exclusively available for active members of OWWA. OWWA is a government agency responsible for safeguarding the welfare and well-being of OFWs and their dependents. By providing access to technology training and employment-oriented applications, OWWA aims to empower OFWs and their families with the necessary skills for success in the digital age.
Training Programs for Filipino Seafarers
Seafarers can maximize the projects offered by OWWA to seafarers.
Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP)
Peraphase is a comprehensive program tailored specifically for seafarers seeking to enhance their skills and meet the competency standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This program is designed to equip seafarers with the necessary knowledge and expertise to excel in their maritime careers.
One of the key features of Peraphase is its focus on providing targeted upgrading courses. These courses are carefully curated to address specific areas of improvement as per the seafarers’ needs and the requirements outlined by the IMO. By participating in these courses, seafarers can enhance their skill set and broaden their understanding of crucial maritime practices and regulations.
To ensure affordability and accessibility, the maximum cost per upgrading course within the Peraphase program is set at $7,500.00. This pricing structure allows seafarers to invest in their professional development without compromising their financial stability.
Through Peraphase, seafarers can expect:
- Expert Instruction: Courses are delivered by highly qualified instructors with extensive experience in the maritime industry. These experts are well-versed in the IMO competency standards and provide practical insights to help seafarers excel.
- Tailored Curriculum: Each course within the program is designed to target specific areas of improvement. Whether it’s navigation, safety procedures, or communication skills, seafarers can choose courses that align with their individual needs and career goals.
- Comprehensive Learning Materials: Peraphase provides seafarers with comprehensive learning materials, including course materials, reference guides, and online resources. These materials are constantly updated to align with the latest industry practices and regulations.
- Interactive Learning Environment: Seafarers can engage in interactive learning activities, including simulations, case studies, and group discussions. This interactive approach fosters a collaborative learning environment and enhances practical understanding.
- Recognition and Certification: Upon successful completion of each upgrading course, seafarers will receive a recognized certification. These certifications validate their enhanced skills and demonstrate compliance with the IMO competency standards.
Peraphase is committed to supporting seafarers in their professional development journey by providing quality education and training at an affordable cost. By participating in this program, seafarers can elevate their skills, broaden their career opportunities, and ensure compliance with the IMO’s competency standards.
- Proof of your membership with OWWA
- A completed Application Form
- Seafarer’s ID and record book and/or a valid passport
- Two (2) copies of your 2×2 ID picture
Who Are Eligible?
This is exclusive to OFW Seafarer members
- 2 pieces 2×2 Colored ID picture
- Application Form
- Membership Record
- Seaman’s Identification Record Book (SIRB) and/or Original Passport
How To Avail Of this Service:
- Visit the OWWA Regional Welfare Office: Go to the OWWA Regional Welfare Office that covers your permanent address. This is where you will initiate the application process.
- Obtain a queueing number or join the line: When you arrive at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office, obtain a queueing number or join the line designated for SUP scholarship applications. This will help you maintain order and ensure that you are served in the correct order.
- Present your I.D. or passport: When it’s your turn, present your identification document, such as a valid I.D. or passport, to the Education and Training Unit/Focal. They will verify your membership record using the provided identification.
- Submit the completed application form and prerequisites: If your membership record is verified as legitimate, submit the completed application form along with any required prerequisites. Make sure you have prepared all the necessary documents and forms beforehand to streamline the process.
- Make a plan for claiming the Notice of Award (NOA): Once your application is submitted, make a plan for claiming the Notice of Award (NOA). Note the relevant details such as the location, date, and time when the NOA will be issued.
- Return according to the deadline: Return to the designated location according to the deadline provided for the issuance of the Notice of Award. It’s important to adhere to the given timeline to avoid missing out on your opportunity.
- Obtain a Priority Code and wait for your phone number to be called: Upon returning to the designated location, obtain a Priority Code if required. Then, wait for your phone number or queueing number to be called. Follow the instructions provided by the office personnel.
- Go to the authorized SUP desk/counter: Once your turn arrives, proceed to the authorized SUP desk/counter to acquire the Notice of Award (NOA). Present any necessary identification or documentation as requested. The NOA will officially confirm your selection for the SUP scholarship.
By following these steps, you should be able to successfully acquire the Notice of Award (NOA) for your SUP scholarship application. Remember to stay organized and prepared throughout the process.
Mariner’s Dugtong-Aral (Bridging) Program
This scholarship is granted to seafarers who have either graduated from or intend to pursue a career in marine engineering.
- Active OWWA Members
- Immediate Beneficiaries/Dependents
- The OFW’s next-of-kin – covering up to first degree
- Proof of Relationship to the OFW (Birth Certificate or Proof of Relationship to the OFW)
- Transcript of Records
- Having no existing or pending scholarship applications with other scholarship grantors
Scholarships for OFW Dependents
Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)
This scholarship is designed specifically for the dependents of active members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) who intend to pursue a 4- to 5-year degree at a college or university. The scholarship provides a grant of Php 60,000.00 per year to the eligible recipients.
Qualifications for Incoming Freshmen:
- Must be an active OWWA-OFW member
- Not over 21 years old
- Must have a grade-point average of at least 80% and belong to the upper 20% of the graduating class
- Must pass the qualification exam provided by the DOST and is among the Top 400 passers.
Qualifications for enrolled 2nd to 5th year-college:
- Not over 30 years old
- Must have a general weighted average not lower than B or the grade equivalent of 85% in all academic or non-academic subjects during the outgoing school year.
To complete the requirements for the EDSP (Education for Development Scholarship Program) application, you will need the following documents:
- Two (2) copies of the completed EDSP Application Form.
- Two (2) pieces of 2×2 ID photos.
- Certificate of Birth issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
- Good Moral Character Certificate.
- Principal’s certification stating that the applicant’s average grade is at least 80%.
- Proof that the applicant is among the top 20% of their graduating class.
- Form 137 (Transcript of Records) or Certificate of True Copy of Grades for School Records for students in college.
Make sure to double-check the specific requirements and instructions provided by the organization or institution offering the EDSP scholarship program, as they may have additional requirements or variations in the document titles.
OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP)
This assistance is available to the dependent of an active member-OFW who makes no more than USD 600.00.
- A child/ren of an active OWWA member or a sibling of an OWWA member who is not married
- Applicants must pass the RWO state college/university admission exams, where he or she plans to enroll
- Other scholarships must not be offered.
- The original version of the scholarship agreement should be provided as a copy.
- A medical certificate from a hospital or medical center approved by the Department of Health (DOH) is necessary.
- A certificate demonstrating good moral character.
- Evidence of the relationship to a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
- Academic documents such as a Transcript of Records or Certificate of True Copy of Grades (Form 137/138, Transcript of Records, or Certificate of True Copy of Grades for college students).
- Two passport-sized (2×2) photographs.
Two completed copies of the application form
Educational Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP)This scholarship program is for the children of Active OWWA Members who died while serving their country.
- Allowance for Elementary Php 5,000.00
- Allowance for High School Php 8,000.00
- Allowance for College Php 10,000.00
- Livelihood Assistance Php 15,000.00 worth of Package
- An OWWA membership card copy belonging to the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW).
- The original version of the Scholarship Agreement.
- A medical certificate obtained from a hospital or medical center accredited by the Department of Health (DOH).
- A Certificate of Good Moral Character, which is specifically required for college students.
- The Application Form must be filled out completely.
- Evidence of a connection to an OWWA member must be provided.
- Official academic documents such as a Transcript of Records, Form 137/138, or a Certificate of True Copy of Grades.
Two passport-size photographs.
- Application Form Completed
- Two (2) passport-size photographs
- Proof of Connection to an OWWA Member
- Proof that the OFW is a member of the OWWA
- Certificate of Livelihood Package Receipt
- Intended Beneficiary Consent saying that he or she is not interested in the project and is transferring responsibility to his or her chosen recipient
To obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the names of Member-OFWs on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official list of OFWs convicted and sentenced to death in foreign countries, I recommend reaching out directly to the DFA or checking their official website. They should be able to provide you with the most recent information on the matter.
Regarding the requirement of a DFA certification for OWWA members who are not on the list, it’s best to inquire with the DFA or the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the specific process and requirements. They can provide you with the necessary details and guidance.
Special Projects: Project EASE and Tabang OFW
OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) has implemented several special educational scholarships and financial assistance programs to support OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) dependents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs aim to provide financial aid for education-related expenses. Here are the details of the mentioned programs:
- Project EASE: Under this program, qualified OFW dependents receive a Php 10,000 education assistance per year for a period of four (4) years. The assistance is provided to support their educational needs and expenses.
- Tabang OFW: Tabang OFW offers one-time educational assistance worth Php 30,000 for qualified OFW dependents. This financial aid aims to help cover the costs of education for the beneficiaries.
- DOLE-AKAP: The DOLE-OWWA-AKAP program is a joint effort of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and OWWA. It provides financial assistance of Php 10,000 to Returning Filipino Workers who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to support these workers in their transition and recovery from the impact of the pandemic.
- Tuloy-Aral Project: The Tuloy-Aral Project was established in December 2004 with the goal of assisting the less privileged children of former overseas Filipino workers. The project operates through the collaboration of OWWA Family Welfare Officers and the POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office). Financially stable OFWs are identified and requested to provide school expenses for the children of OFWs. The support is requested annually to meet the educational needs of the child beneficiaries. The project aims to provide school supplies, projects, and other educational resources for the benefit of these students.
These programs and projects are part of the efforts by OWWA and the Philippine government to provide support to OFW dependents who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that education remains accessible for them.
As a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), you are entitled to receive various social benefits designed to cater to the needs of OWWA members during different events or circumstances. These benefits are provided to support and assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families. Here are some examples of the social benefits you can receive as an OWWA member:
- Education and Training Assistance: OWWA offers programs to support the education and training needs of OFWs and their dependents. This includes scholarships, skills training, and vocational courses.
- Livelihood Assistance: OWWA provides financial assistance and livelihood training to OFWs who want to start their own businesses or engage in income-generating activities upon their return to the Philippines.
- Disability and Dismemberment Benefits: In the unfortunate event of an accident resulting in disability or dismemberment, OWWA provides financial assistance to affected OFWs.
- Death and Burial Benefits: In the event of the death of an OFW, OWWA provides financial assistance to the bereaved family to help cover funeral and burial expenses.
- Repatriation Assistance: OWWA assists OFWs who encounter difficulties abroad and need to be repatriated back to the Philippines. This includes the provision of airfare, temporary shelter, and other necessary support.
- Health and Medical Benefits: OWWA offers medical and health-related benefits to its members and their dependents. This may include hospitalization, medical consultations, and medicine assistance.
- Social Services and Family Welfare: OWWA provides various social services and family welfare programs such as family counseling, stress management, and assistance in addressing issues related to the well-being of OFWs and their families.
These are just a few examples of the social benefits provided by OWWA to its members. The specific benefits and eligibility criteria may vary, so it is advisable to contact OWWA directly or visit their official website for detailed information and to inquire about the benefits you may be eligible for.
Disability and Dismemberment Benefit
A member is provided with a maximum of Php 100,000.00 to cover the medical costs of an accident-related injury as part of its disability and dismemberment benefits.
Who Are Eligible:
This program is only open to only to active OWWA-OFW members.
- Foreign Medical Certificate
- Medical Certificate with Medical Examination Procedure (e.g., X-Ray, MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
- For Seafarers – Accident or Master’s Report
How Can I Avail Of This Service?
- Visit the nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office. This is where you will need to go to initiate your claim process.
- Upon arrival, obtain a priority number (ticket) from the office. This will help ensure that you will be attended to in the order of your arrival.
- Wait for your turn to be accommodated. The office staff will call your number, and you will be directed to the appropriate desk or counter.
- Provide your OFW I.D. or OFW details to the Membership Verification Desk. This is necessary to verify your OWWA membership status. Make sure to bring your identification card or any other relevant documents that prove your status as an Overseas Filipino Worker.
- After verifying your membership, you will be given an application form along with a list of all the documentary requirements needed to process your claim. Take the time to carefully fill out the application form and gather all the necessary documents.
- Hand over the accomplished claim form together with all the required documents for validation and evaluation. The office staff will review your application and documents to ensure everything is in order.
- If your application is accepted and approved, you will be notified by the OWWA office. At this point, you will need to submit your claim stub (if provided) and proceed to obtain the approved financial assistance. The mode of payment could be through a check or cash pay-out, depending on the procedures of the OWWA office.
Remember to follow any additional instructions or requirements provided by the OWWA office during the claim process. It’s always a good idea to keep copies of all the documents you submit for your records.
In the unfortunate event of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) member’s death, the family or dependents of the member will receive a specific amount based on the cause of death. The following benefits are provided:
- Natural Cause of Death – The family or dependents will be entitled to receive Php 100,000.00 as a death benefit.
- Accidental Cause of Death – In the case of accidental death, the family or dependents will receive a higher amount of Php 200,000.00 as a death benefit.
Additionally, apart from the death benefit, the beneficiaries will also be given a rider worth Php 20,000.00. This rider is specifically allocated to cover the burial expenses associated with the deceased OFW member.
Please note that the information provided is based on the given context and may not reflect any specific program or policy. It’s always advisable to consult the relevant authorities or agencies to get accurate and up-to-date information regarding the benefits entitled to the family or dependents of an OFW member in the event of their death.
Who Are Qualified:
Deceased OFW Member’s qualified spouse or dependent are qualified for this grant.
It appears that you have provided a list of documents required for certain claims or procedures. Here is a breakdown of the documents needed based on the provided information:
- LCR- or PSA-issued documents: These are likely required for verification purposes. The claimant may need to provide documents issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or validated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). These documents could include birth certificates, marriage certificates, or death certificates.
- Two (2) valid IDs and one (1) piece ID picture: The claimant must provide two valid identification documents, such as a passport, driver’s license, or government-issued ID cards. Additionally, they should submit one ID picture.
- Foreign Death Certificate with Airway Bill and Consular Documents for OFWs who died overseas: In the case of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who passed away abroad, the claimant should provide the foreign death certificate along with the airway bill (if applicable) and any consular documents related to the death.
- No Objection Certificate/Mortuary Certificate: This document may be required to authorize the claimant to proceed with the funeral arrangements or burial. It is advisable to consult the relevant authorities to obtain this certificate.
- Official Receipt for Funeral Expenses: The claimant should submit an official receipt or documentation indicating the expenses incurred for the funeral arrangements.
- Original Death Certificate: The claimant must provide the original death certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or validated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). This certificate serves as official proof of the deceased person’s passing.
- Permit for Burial: This document is likely required to obtain permission for the burial. It is necessary to comply with local regulations and procedures regarding burials.
- PSA-issued Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR): This certificate, issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), confirms that the deceased individual did not have a registered marriage. It may be required in certain cases, such as when the claimant is the deceased OFW’s spouse.
- Report on an Unintentional Death: If the death was due to an unintentional cause, the claimant may need to provide a report documenting the circumstances surrounding the death. This report could be obtained from the relevant authorities or agencies.
Additionally, if the claimant falls into specific categories, they will need to submit additional documents:
- OFW’s spouse: The claimant must provide a marriage certificate to establish their relationship to the deceased OFW.
- OFW’s Parent(s): The claimant, who is the parent(s) of the deceased OFW, should submit the birth certificate of the OFW to verify their parent-child relationship.
- OFW’s child(ren): If the claimant is the child of the deceased OFW, they need to provide their birth certificate as well as the death certificate of the OFW’s spouse. These documents help establish the child’s relationship to the deceased and the status of the OFW’s spouse.
Please note that the requirements may vary depending on the specific circumstances and the institution or agency involved. It is always advisable to consult the relevant authorities or agencies to obtain accurate and up-to-date information regarding the required documents.
How Can I Avail of this Service?
- Visit the nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office: Locate the OWWA Regional Welfare Office closest to your location and go there in person.
- Obtain a priority number: Upon arrival at the office, get a priority number (ticket) from the designated counter. This number will determine your turn to be accommodated by the staff.
- Provide your OFW I.D. or OFW details: Approach the Membership Verification Desk and present your OFW identification or provide them with your OFW details. The staff will verify the status of your OWWA membership.
- Receive the application form and list of requirements: After verifying your membership, the staff will provide you with an application form to claim the benefit. They will also give you a list of all the necessary documentary requirements that you need to prepare.
- Complete the claim form and gather the required documents: Fill out the claim form accurately and ensure that you have all the necessary documents listed. These documents could include proof of OWWA membership, valid identification, employment contract, remittance records, and other relevant papers. Prepare these documents for submission.
- Submit the claim form and required documents: Hand over the accomplished claim form along with all the required documents to the designated desk or personnel responsible for validation and evaluation. They will review the completeness and authenticity of your submission.
- Wait for application approval: After submitting your claim, you will need to wait for the office to process and evaluate your application. This may take some time depending on the volume of applications and the specific procedures in place.
- Claim your approved financial assistance: If your application is accepted and approved, you will be notified by the office. Follow their instructions to submit your claim stub, which serves as proof of approval. You can then receive your approved financial assistance through either a check or cash pay-out, as specified by the OWWA Regional Welfare Office.
Remember to inquire with the office about any specific details or updates regarding the process, as procedures may vary slightly depending on the region or specific circumstances.
The statement you provided seems to be describing a benefit available to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), members of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) who have been recently affected by debilitating diseases. This benefit offers them medical assistance that is equivalent to their PhilHealth benefits. The maximum amount of assistance provided per member is Php 50,000.
It’s worth noting that the information you provided is incomplete and lacking context. If you have any specific questions or need further clarification, please let me know, and I’ll be happy to assist you.
Who Are Qualified?
This program is open to active OWWA members who also have a PhilHealth membership.
- MedPlus Application Form completed
- Notice of Payment of PhilHealth Benefits
- A copy of a passport-size photo
- Proof of OWWA Membership Contribution
- If the OFW is in another and the claimant is the next-of-kin of the deceased – notarized special power of attorney (SPA)
- If the OFW has passed away, the Death Certificate of the Deceased OFW, as well as the Marriage Contract or NOK-birth claimant’s certificate (Authorized by PSA)
How Can I Avail of this Service?