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Davao City – Sixteen (16) OFWs from the different municipalities in Region XI have benefitted from the Supplemental Medical Assistance (MEDPlus) Program of OWWA. As of December 2017, OWWA-RWO XI has released a total of P487,620.00 to 16 active OWWA and Philhealth members. Most of those patients are diagnosed with cancer and kidney diseases. They underwent chemotherapy and dialysis treatment.

The program is in pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) on June 1, 2016.

The MEDPlus program for OFWs is designed to provide supplemental medical relief for active OWWA member-OFWs afflicted with dreaded diseases and were hospitalized either at the jobsite or while in the Philippines. It shall cover only one dreaded disease per OFW-member. It is a payment of their hospital/medical bills through sharing in the medical cost equivalent to the Philhealth case rate but not to exceed Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) per OFW-member. To avail of the program, an OFW must be an active member of both OWWA and Philhealth at the time of confinement/treatment.

Among the dreaded diseases covered in the program include: chronic kidney disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ischemic heart disease; liver diseases; malignant neoplasm of urinary tract, bone and articular, central nervous, digestive organs, female genital tract; eye, ear and nose; lymphoid; among others. The program is also applicable to dialysis and chemotherapy sessions.

Qualified OFWs may submit copy of Philhealth Benefit Payment Notice (BPN) or screen of the OFWs availment record from the MyPhilhealth Portal, duly accomplished MEDPlus application form, and one (1) passport size picture.

Process cycle time is three (3) working days upon submission and acceptance of complete requirements and confirmation of payment of Philhealth benefit. Medical records of the patient are properly evaluated by the authorized medical doctor of OWWA. Those who want to avail of the assistance are encouraged to visit the OWWA-Regional Welfare Office XI for further evaluation and verification of medical records.



MEDPlus is one of the new programs of OWWA that will help the member-OFWs who are suffering from any dreaded diseases to further reduce their medical expenses.

For more information about the program, they may call OWWA-RWO XI hotline numbers 0917-7011135 or 0917-7011126, (082) 221-8593/227-9536 or visit the regional office located at Door 31, E-G Cam Building, Monteverde St., Davao City


Compostela Valley Province – A total of twenty (20) active and inactive OFWs from the different municipalities of Compostela Valley Province attended a one-day General Orientation on OWWA Programs and Services last January 5, 2017 at the NICO Conference Room, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province. Participants were mostly domestic workers from the Middle East who were formed through the social media.  

            The activity aims to heighten awareness of participants on the various programs and services of OWWA as well as the benefits of OFWs and their families. It also aims to identify issues and concerns regarding the programs and to be able to organize a dynamic OFW Family Circle in the province.

            OWWA XI Family Welfare Officer, Bonee Jaye B. Bagaipo provided a substantial  input on the five (5) core programs of OWWA which are; Social Benefits, Education and Training Program, Workers Welfare Assistance Program, Social and Family Welfare Services, and Reintegration Program.

            As future care providers, participants were given clear discussion on the workers welfare assistance program. FWO Bagaipo gave emphasis on giving the right assistance to the OFWs and their families with welfare concerns.

            OWWA XI PDOS Trainer and resource person, Mr. Cristelito T. Abadilla, on the other hand, presented a situationer report on the number of active and inactive OFWs in the province of Compostela Valley. In his presentation, Mr. Abadilla stated that as of September 2017, Compostela Valley Province has a total of 15,974 active and inactive OWWA members. Likewise, he discussed the common welfare cases handled by the region and the top 10 skills and country of destinations of workers from Davao region.

            At the end of the activity, participants were able to become more aware on the various programs and services of OWWA . Ms. Amilagros A. del Valle, a clinic specialist in Qatar was very grateful on the knowledge she gained from the activity because she was able to learn about the benefits of the OFWs and the importance of being an OWWA member while Ms. Avalyn M. Solidares, a domestic worker in Kuwait was feeling blessed to be invited to attend the said activity. “I am so delighted with all the information I learned from this seminar. I will surely disseminate the information to my fellow OFWs in Kuwait,” she said.

The activity has made them more confident to answer and assist co-OFWs who experience different problems and maltreatment from their employers. Likewise, the group has expressed their intention to be organized as OFW Family Circle which will serve as conduit of OWWA in the effective delivery of its programs and services at the grassroots level. 


Davao Oriental – The OWWA Regional Welfare Office XI conducted a two-day training to a total of sixty-five (65) officers and members of the Calapagan OFW Family Circle. The Community Leadership Training and Financial Literacy Seminar was held at the Bgry. Session Hall, Calapagan, Lupon, Davao Oriental last January 10-11, 2018. OWWA XI Family Welfare Officer, Albert G. Salazar facilitated the training.

            During the first day of the activity, the participants were provided with the basic principles of community development and leadership. Mr. Salazar discussed the basic functions of the officers and how can they contribute to the sustainability and development of the organization. He emphasized that attitude, image, behavior, and competence of a leader should be understood so that the organization will run smoothly. Likewise, officers must be transparent to its members and should practice proper and effective communication.

            The second day of the activity focused on assessing the existing interests, skills, characteristics, qualities, and capabilities of OFWs and their families as entrepreneurs. In this session, they were provided with substantial inputs on viable business and possible entrepreneurial ventures as well as basic concepts of business operations and management. OWWA conducts financial literacy seminar to guide the OFWs and their families in the proper management of their finances.

To make the organization more dependable and sustainable, OWWA provides technical support and capability building activities that will capacitate them. Likewise, to make them more reliable, they were encouraged to engage in community enterprise.

To be able to start their community enterprise, the Calapagan OFW Family Circle decided to put up a hog raising project. Presently, they are preparing for the business plan and other needed documents to pursue the project.

At the end of the two-day training, the OFC officers were equipped with the proper knowledge on handling and managing the organization and the members were able to appreciate its functions and committed to practice it within the organization. Likewise, they were given the opportunity to build their own community enterprise that will help them generate income. They were grateful to OWWA for conducting the said activity because it enables them to be more effective in their given tasks.

OWWA continues to provide capability building activities to its organized OFW Family Circles (OFC) for them to become effective partners in the delivery of its programs and services.



The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 10 conducted a Capability Building Seminar for the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers and the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Circles (OFC) Leaders in Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental on January 24-25, 2018

OWWA Region 10 thru Ms. Rhona Z. Fahigal, Officer-in-Charge for Programs and Services Division, updated the participants about the new and enhanced OWWA programs and services which include the Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) and the improved scholarship programs.

Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Regional Director Leonor C. Mabagal also tackled pressing issues and concerns raised by the PESO and some leaders of the OFW organizations in the area.

The event was held at Horizons Resort and Splash-Away Water Park in Baroy, Lanao del Norte, attended by (16) PESO Managers of the following Local Government Units (LGUs): Maigo, Kolambugan, Iligan, Sapad, Baroy, Matungao, Tangcal, Munai, Nunungan, Kapatagan, Lala, Linamon, Bacolod, Tubod, Kauswagan and Salvador in Lanao del Norte. The two (2) OFC organizations (Heart of the Sea and Pearl of the Sea), both from Iligan City, together with their members and officers, also joined the activity.

Meanwhile, the activity in Misamis Occidental was attended by PESO Managers from Ozamiz City, Oroquieta City and the municipalities of Jimenez, Baliangao, Calamba, Tudela, Lopez Jaena, Plaridel and Sapang Dalaga. The officers and members of the United Plaridelian Seafarer’s Association (UPS) from Plaridel, Misamis Occidental also participated in the event.

The groups’ proposed 2018 Action Plan highlighted the need to include building-up of new OFW groups in each municipality, education and trainings and other psycho-social activities, which would eventually strengthen the strong partnership and cooperation of OWWA, the PESO and the OFCs. 

National Capital Region

150 officers and members of the OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) participated in the 7th OFW and Family Summit for Poverty Alleviation and Governance at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on 22 November 2017.

                Entitled as “Kabuhayan sa Agrikultura para sa Pamilyang OFW”, the summit focuses on livelihood opportunities for OFWs who wants to engage in agriculture as a business. It is now considered as a promising industry because of the government’s renewed commitment to increase production of agricultural products. The summit was highlighted by featuring OFWs-turned-agri-preneurs, who shared their successes in building agricultural enterprises.

                Sen. Cynthia Villar, Director of the organization behind the annual holding of the summit, said that, “The prospect of agriculture is promising with our government’s renewed commitment to support this sector. We are also starting to reap the benefits of our legislative efforts to train our farmers on modern farming techniques and financial know-how.”

                OWWA participated in the summit as its commitment to provide services to OFWs. An OWWA booth was manned by Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) of the RWO - NCR to inform participating OFWs about the OWWA programs and services. On the other hand, OWWA Deputy Administrator (DA) Josefino Torres also oriented participants on OWWA’s Reintegration Program available for OFWs and their families. He emphasized the importance of effective financial management as a strategy to prepare the OFWs and ensure that they are not empty handed when they return to the country. He added that engaging in businesses will help them in their economic life once they decide to stay permanently in the Philippines.


                Ms. Ednellyn Barnino, an OFW who attended the event, expressed her appreciation to OWWA. She said that, “OWWA helped us [OFWs] become financially secured by conducting Financial Literacy seminars. The Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program also helped us in starting our own businesses, helping us to become successful without the need to work abroad.”

OWWA-NCR’s FWOs informing OFWs OWWA’s programs and services

National Capital Region

Engr. Leo De Velez and Mrs. Elaine De Velez represented the Land Based category in the National Capital Region and won the Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) at the Malacanang Palace on 5 December 2017.

The De Velez family expressed their gratitude and honor for winning the Land based Category in the 2017 MOFYA. In the initial interview, Engr. De Velez said that he never expected the recognition of his hard work. As a silent mover in his profession, Engr. De Velez and his family have helped less fortunate people especially children in the field of education, through their business called FrontLearners, Inc.FrontLearners, Inc. started as a partnership between Leo and Elaine and evolved into a business corporation. They established their business because of their dream of giving children the opportunity to have quality education they deserve.  Through the use of effective e-teaching tools for students they developed the app BlendEd Box. The corporation ensures that premium education through the aide of the latest technology is readily accessible to many Filipino learners. The corporation has been helping public schools and communities of indigenous people, like the Aetas from Tarlac, the Bago Tribe from Nueva Ecija, Agtas from Pureg, Sanchez Mira, and the  Isnegs from Kitteg, Sanchez Mira. Their dedication and perseverance led them to succeed in their chosen field because FrontLearners, Inc. has been garnering numerous awards in the country and abroad.

Left: Mrs. Elaine De Velez poses infront of Pureg Elementary School; Right: The students of Pureg Elemntary School line up in attendance 

To date, the FrontLearners, Inc. has already been helping more than 10,000 elementary school students through the BlendEd Box e-learning method. It also received numerous accolades and positive reports from schools claiming that they were able to compete and win in inter-school competitions for the first time.

After winning the 2017 MOFYA competition, Engr. Leo and Elaine De Velez said that they “are humbly honored in receiving the recognition. We hope we can be an additional inspiration to our fellow OFW families.” The De Velez family also congratulated other candidates and remarked that, “Each one of us has an interesting and inspiring story to tell and hopefully motivate our fellow OFW families to be resilient and to persevere in life while working overseas in achieving family goals. We hope our stories can also encourage them to serve their community and the Filipino people sharing their talents, time, and resources.” Lastly, they said that, “By humbly receiving the 2017 National MOFYA, we commit ourselves to the service of our fellow OFW families. We will work closely with OWWA and with many OFW organizations to help our OFWs and their families. Mabuhay ang OFW families at mabuhay ang OWWA!”

The Model OFW Family of the Year Awards is an annual national competition comprised of OFW Family candidates in both Land-based and Sea-based Category coming from different regions. Each vying for the national title in recognition of their significant contributions to the country as OFWs. A rigorous selection process is ensued based on the family’s success in different aspects: education, spiritual, social, and financial. The family’s contribution to the country in terms of charities are also evaluated. With this, MOFYA seeks to recognize OFW families and represents them as models for aspiring OFWs who wish to help their fellow countrymen.



The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) wishes to remind overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose membership with OWWA has expired, to renew their membership and retain their active status as members.

The reminder is especially true to those OFWs who have come home this Yuletide season and will now return to their respective employments abroad. Known as the Balik Manggagawa (BMs), these OFWs are those who will return to the same employers in the same jobsite overseas. They were those who spent their annual vacation leave here in their home country in time for the Christmas season.

The membership premium for the month of January 2018 is at P1,261.25. This is the current equivalent of the 25USD membership fee that is valid for 24 months.

The same amount also applies to the new hires, and those who have transferred to new employers abroad.

“We call on our inactive members to renew their membership. This is to keep their status as active OWWA members, thus according them with the various services and benefits,” said OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta Jr. “This is very timely, especially now that the OWWA has expanded and enhanced its programs and services to its active members.”, he added.

For the convenience of its members in Region 1, the OWWA RWOI reiterates its presence in various satellite offices across the region, such as:


Office Address


Rosales, Pangasinan

OWWA Provincial Office, DOLE Rosales

Brgy. Carmay, Rosales, Pangasinan

Monday- Friday

Dagupan City

DOLE Dagupan

Tambac District, Dagupan City, Pangasinan

Every Wednesday

Alaminos City

DOLE Alaminos,

EJR Building, Alaminos City, Pangasinan

Every Friday

San Fernando City, LU

OFW One Stop Shop, Manna Mall

Brgy. Biday, San Fernando City LU

Mondays, Wednesday

Regional Welfare Office I

2nd Floor, Kenny Plaza Building,

Quezon Ave. San Fernando City, LU


Candon City

Candon City Hall

National Highway, Candon City, Ilocos Sur

Every Thursday

Vigan City

DOLE Vigan,

Rizal St. Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Every Friday

Laoag City

DOLE Laoag

Panpacific Bldg, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

Monday- Friday



Legazpi City – Eighty (80) OWWA scholars from the six provinces of Bicol gathered amidst the pouring rain on December 20 in Legazpi City. This initiative aims to equip the scholars with proficiency in modules of financial literacy and values education. The activity has an added twist of providing fun for the millennials.


They were fed with wisdom from the onset of the program. OWWA Regional Director, Samuel S. Madrid cited, "you are the cream of the crop and you have to show your OFW parents/sibling that you deserve to be called as an OWWA scholar by striving to be the best that you can be as a student". 


While the scholars were infused with knowledge on the concept of savings and knowing themselves, OWWA RWO 5 made sure that they won’t get bored through the exciting activities prepared for them. The attendees were divided into four groups with interesting names such as OWWANAoNE, Team Jedai, OWWA Rangers, Team Dragons and OWWAanderfull Squad.  The series of games made them strategize mentally and physically to tests their wit. Each time a game ends, OWWA RWO5 imparted the values they can get from the competition. 


The activity was capped with a mini cocktail party for the millennials where they got lots of wisdom and pocket full of goodies and cash to share or save. 


Malilipot, Albay - The need to hear out the programs and services of the lead agency for the welfare of OFWs was the driving force of the OFW community of Barangay San Jose in Malilipot, Albay to convene one afternoon on January 15, 2017.


The municipality, known for its rope making, has one woman who initiated the move to gather. Maria Gracia S. Gimena, a former HSW from Singapore did the house-to-house approach to inform her neighborhood that OWWA RWO5 shall visit their municipality. 


The supposed to be twenty attendees rose to fifty five during the program orientation. They were all eyes on the screen as each intervention program in the migration cycle was discussed.


Many have raised queries on scholarships and livelihood projects while some had been quiet in jotting down notes. 


The prime mover of the activity was nominated and elected as the president of the organization. Maria Gracia in her speech says “I am actually hesitant to take this position as I live alone and I have a small business that I am running to sustain my everyday needs, but after seeing your support for me, I will do my best to help the organization as partner in informing others of programs for OFWs". 


Barangay San Jose is the first OFW organization to have been formed in the municipality of Malilipot. During the orientation, there were residents of other barangays present and some have already signified interest to have their area visited too. 


Naga City - Fifty six (56) OFWs braved the Enterprise Development Loan Program’s (EDLP) self-assessment examination on Thursday, January 8, 2017 at the Migrant Resource Center Training room. 


The self-assessment examination is part of the first phase of the series of three trainings that a business loan applicant must undergo free of charge. The result shall make or break the journey of the applicant to advance to the second phase of the business loan facility of OWWA.  


Those who shall make it to the examination shall pursue the 2nd level which is the visit to demo farms and successful business enterprises.


The Enhanced Enterprise Development Training (EEDT) of OWWA is one of the requirements for endorsement to Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) with the certificate of completion given to an applicant after completing the three (3) trainings. 


There was a total of 77 attendees during the training but only 56 took the exam. The reason for this was some of those present are not OFWs but dependents who shall be attorney – in – fact of the borrowers. The departing OFWs shall have their representatives manage the business and attend on the nitty – gritty of the business loan process.


All went home equipped with knowledge on financial literacy as the modules discussed were mostly on the concept of investments. It was made clear that OWWA RWO5 only endorses applications to LBP for approval of any loan application.