OWWA Cares: A Closer Look

OWWA Cares encapsulates the suite of services and support provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to enhance the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) globally. Through the #OWWAcares, the agency offers a comprehensive range of benefits—from repatriation and reintegration assistance, social and economic protection, to health and educational support.

Targeted at OFWs who maintain active OWWA membership, the campaign ensures that the rights and welfare of Filipino workers abroad are protected during and after their overseas employment. Whether you’re an OFW or a family member, you can expect practical support and a community ready to help navigate the challenges of working overseas.

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What is OWWA Cares?

OWWA Cares represents a suite of services and support mechanisms established by OWWA to ensure the welfare and well-being of OFWs across the globe. The #OWWAcares hashtag, popular on social media, symbolizes this commitment, creating a community where OFWs can find mutual support and stay updated on available resources.

Legal Basis

OWWA operates under the Department of Labor and Employment in the Philippines, backed by various national laws and policies that mandate the protection and support of OFWs. These laws ensure that the rights and welfare of OFWs are prioritized both during and after their employment abroad.

Benefits Provided by OWWA

OWWA offers a comprehensive range of benefits designed to support the diverse needs of OFWs:

  • Repatriation and Reintegration Assistance: Support for OFWs returning to the Philippines and help in reintegrating into local communities.
  • Social and Economic Protection: Access to emergency and calamity financial assistance.
  • Health and Insurance Coverage: Health benefits and insurance coverage for OFWs and their dependents.
  • Education and Training: Programs and scholarships for OFWs and their children, aimed at skill development and educational advancement.

Eligibility / Qualifications

To qualify for OWWA benefits, an individual must be an active member, which typically requires working as an OFW and paying a membership fee. The specific eligibility criteria can vary based on the particular benefit being applied for.


To access OWWA’s services, OFWs need to:

  • Maintain active OWWA membership.
  • Provide proof of overseas employment.
  • Submit any additional documents required for specific programs, like application forms for scholarships or requests for financial assistance.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from OWWA Cares

Step 1:  Identify Your Needs and Goals

  • Browse the OWWA website for a comprehensive list of OWWA programs and services. These cover areas like education, social benefits, livelihood assistance, and medical needs.

Step 2: Check Program Eligibility

  • Each program has specific eligibility criteria. Generally, you must be a registered OWWA member with an active membership status.
    • Individual programs might have additional requirements like specific employment contracts, income levels, or documentation related to your needs (e.g., medical conditions for health programs).

Step 3: Gather Required Documents

  • The documents needed will vary depending on the program. Common requirements include:
    • OWWA membership documents (e.g., OWWA ID, proof of active membership)
    • Proof of income (e.g., contracts, payslips)
    • Government-issued IDs (Philippine passport, local IDs)
    • For programs addressing specific needs (e.g., education, medical), additional documents like school transcripts or medical certificates might be required.

Step  4: Application Process

  • Application procedures depend on the chosen program. Here are two common methods:
    • Online Application: Many programs allow online application through the OWWA website. Look for the designated program page and follow the instructions for uploading documents and submitting applications.
    • OWWA Regional Wellness Centers (RWCs): Visit your nearest OWWA RWC in the Philippines. Bring your documentary requirements and inquire about the application process for your chosen program. RWC staff can assist you with filling out forms and submitting applications.

Step 5: Monitor Application Status

  • The agency will inform you about the application status through your registered email or phone number. You may also be required to attend an interview or submit additional documentation if necessary.

Step 6: Receive Program Benefits

  • Upon successful application, the type of benefit will vary depending on the program. It could involve financial aid, scholarships, discounts on housing loans, or referrals to partner institutions for medical assistance.

Additional Tips:

  • Contact your nearest OWWA RWC for clarification on eligibility requirements and application procedures specific to your situation.
  • OWWA regularly updates its website. Stay informed about new program offerings and any changes to existing programs.
  • Consider attending OWWA orientations or seminars to learn more about the OWWA Cares Campaign and its benefits.

Recent Updates

MWO-OWWA Monitors Situation of Filipino OFWs After Earthquakes in Taiwan

Following consecutive earthquakes in Taiwan, the Migrant Workers Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (MWO-OWWA) is actively checking on the well-being of Filipino OFWs in the affected area, particularly Hualien County. The office remains in contact with Filipino communities and offers prayers for everyone’s safety and preparedness for potential future events.

OWWA Dubai Provides Assistance to OFWs Affected by Flooding in the UAE

The Migrant Workers Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (MWO-OWWA) Dubai team is actively extending assistance to OFWs affected by recent flooding in the UAE. They have conducted grocery distribution and are providing help in various locations, including Kalba and Sharjah. However, concerns have been raised about the selectivity of aid distribution and ongoing challenges faced by individuals, such as flooding, lack of basic necessities, and mental health issues.

Swift Collaboration Ensures Rescue of Abused OFW

OFW Grace Dichoso expresses gratitude to Mayor Alexander Acuzar, OWWA Region 3, and Regional Director Mam Malou Velasco Reyes for their swift collaboration in rescuing her from a three-day ordeal of abuse. The efficient process and dedication of the agency and the Samal Munisipal Mayor ensured the safety and well-being of OFWs under their care.

OWWA’s Ayos Truck Ready to Provide Immediate Assistance in Luzon

OWWA’s Ayos Truck is now fully equipped and prepared to deliver immediate assistance to OFWs and their families in the Luzon area. From disaster response to information dissemination through OWWA Regional Welfare Offices, the Ayos Truck is always ready to support and provide essential services to those in need.


Successful Capacity Building Event Empowers OFW Family Circles in Isabela Province

Under the capable leadership of OWWA RWO2 Director Ms. Virsie B. Tamayao, the Capacity Building for OFW Family Circles in Isabela Province was a resounding success. The event featured insightful sessions on Capability Building, Strategic Planning, Problem Solving, and Decision Making, delivered by Ms. Chanda T. Api, SWO IV. Additionally, a dynamic Team Building session facilitated by Mr. Bryan Arvin PJ Cabanos fostered active engagement and collaboration among the participants, empowering OFW Family Circles in Isabela Province.



OWWA’s commitment to the welfare of OFWs is unwavering. The #OWWAcares campaign not only provides essential services but also fosters a supportive community for OFWs worldwide. By staying informed and engaged, OFWs can make the most of the benefits the administration offers. For more information or to share your OWWA experiences, don’t forget to follow their social media accounts and use the hashtag #OWWAcares.

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