DMW Reintegration Assistance for Returning Migrant Workers

The DMW Reintegration Program, spearheaded by the Department of Migrant Workers, is designed to assist returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families. This program, endorsed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., aims to turn the experiences of OFWs into inspirational success stories.

It provides financial support for starting businesses, skill training, and employment opportunities, helping our kababayans reintegrate into the Philippine economy successfully. Participants in this program can expect substantial support in both starting new ventures and finding employment, significantly enhancing their opportunities for a prosperous future in the Philippines.

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What is the DMW Reintegration Program?

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has established a comprehensive set of reintegration services for returning Overseas Filipino Workers. This aligns with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s vision to transform the experiences of OFWs into lifelong inspirational stories. The program is designed to ensure that Filipinos working abroad return with renewed hope and opportunities, through collaborative efforts involving government, non-government organizations, and the private sector.

Significance of the Program

The DMW Reintegration Assistance for Returning Migrant Workers is significant due to the immense role Filipino migrant workers play in the Philippine economy and the challenges they face upon returning. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, in 2023, there were over 10 million Filipinos deployed overseas, sending back billions in remittances that fuel domestic consumption and investment. Yet, a study by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) found that reintegration challenges like skills mismatch, unemployment, and lack of business knowledge can hinder OFWs’ economic reintegration. The DMW’s programs address this gap, fulfilling the mandate of Republic Act No. 11222 or the “Katapatiran Act,” which promotes the welfare and protection of Filipinos working abroad throughout the migration cycle, including their reintegration back into Philippine society. By equipping returning workers with skills, business opportunities, and financial literacy, the DMW program empowers them to contribute further to the nation’s development, not just through remittances but also through entrepreneurial ventures and local employment.

Legal Basis

The legal foundation for these services is deeply rooted in the Migrant Workers’ Act of 1995 (Republic Act 8042), as amended by RA 10022. This legislation mandates the state to provide full protection and support for the welfare of migrant workers and their families.


OFWs participating in the DMW’s reintegration programs can access a variety of benefits, including:

  • Financial Aid: Programs like Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay offer financial grants to start businesses.
  • Skills Training: Tailored courses in entrepreneurship, leadership, and specific job skills.
  • Business Opportunities: Assistance with business registration and inclusion in DTI trade fairs.
  • Employment Assistance: Help in finding employment within the Philippines, particularly in sectors like tourism.
  • Financial Literacy: Courses designed to aid in effective financial management.

Eligibility / Qualifications

Eligible beneficiaries of these programs are OFWs who are officially documented and returning permanently to the Philippines. Families of our kababayan can also qualify for certain programs, particularly those related to business training and development.


The basic requirements for enrolling in these programs include:

  • Valid proof of OFW status (e.g., OEC – Overseas Employment Certificate)
  • Official government IDs
  • Completion of application forms specific to each program

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from DMW’s Reintegration Services

  1. Identify the Suitable Program: Review the list of services offered by DMW and select the one that fits your needs.
  2. Gather Necessary Documents: Prepare all required documents such as your OEC and government-issued IDs.
  3. Submit Application: Fill out the relevant forms and submit them along with your documents to the nearest DMW office.
  4. Attend Required Training: Participate in necessary training sessions, which may include financial literacy or business management courses.
  5. Receive Assistance: After completing all procedures, receive the respective benefits, whether it’s financial aid, business support, or employment facilitation.
  6. Follow-up: Keep in touch with DMW for any additional support and updates.

Recent Updates

DMW Assists Overstaying OFWs in Kuwait’s Visa Amnesty Program

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) in the Philippines is providing assistance to overstaying Filipino workers in Kuwait who wish to participate in the Kuwaiti government’s visa amnesty program. The DMW helps with regularization processes at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait and prepares for the repatriation of those who choose to return to the Philippines. (Inquirer)

Historic Increase in OFW Deployment in 2023 Signals Progress Amid Pandemic

The Philippines witnessed a significant surge in the deployment of overseas Filipino workers in 2023, reaching a 55-year high after a drop in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) reported a notable increase in both land-based and sea-based workers. The government has also provided support for returning Filipinos working abroad, aiming to assist with economic reintegration. However, concerns remain about potential labor-related abuses and exploitation of Filipino workers in host countries. (Philstar)

DMW Officials Distribute Financial Assistance to OFWs in Cordillera Administrative Region

Officials from the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), including Assistant Secretaries Francis Ron C. de Guzman and Venecio V. Legaspi, along with Regional Director Helen Liu, provided financial assistance to 15 overseas Filipino workers in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The assistance included funds for livelihood programs under the Livelihood Program for OFW Reintegration (LPOR) and immediate financial aid from the DMW’s AKSYON Fund. 


Video: Full cycle reintegration program ng DMW, para sa mga OFW na gusto ng umuwi for good

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has launched a program aimed at providing guidance to our kababayans who wish to settle in the Philippines and establish businesses while continuing to earn income. This move serves as a supportive measure to help Filipinos working abroad explore alternative sources of livelihood and succeed in their businesses here in our country.



The DMW’s reintegration programs are more than just benefits; they are a bridge to a more stable and prosperous future for returning OFWs and their families. By participating in these programs, Filipinos working abroad can transform their hard-earned skills and experiences abroad into sustainable opportunities at home, ensuring their stories continue to inspire future generations.

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