What is the OWWA Reintegration Program for OFWs?

Navigating the return to life in the Philippines after working abroad can be a complex journey for many OFWs. The OWWA Reintegration Program steps in as an important support system, designed to smooth this transition by providing displaced OFWs with the necessary skills and resources to rebuild their lives with stability and dignity.

This program targets OFWs returning from abroad who have faced adversities such as job displacement due to political conflicts or illegal recruitment. Participants can expect a comprehensive suite of benefits, including financial support, skills training, and even scholarships for dependents, ensuring that the reintegration process contributes positively to both their personal well-being and the broader Philippine economy.

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Understanding the OWWA Reintegration Program

The OWWA Reintegration Program serves as a lifeline for OFWs returning to the Philippines, who might have faced job displacement due to various adversities like political conflicts, policy changes in their host countries, or even personal crises like illegal recruitment and trafficking. The program equips them with necessary skills and financial support to start anew with dignity and stability in their homeland.

Significance of the Program

The OWWA Reintegration Program for OFWs is essential in ensuring a smooth and productive return for the millions of Filipinos who contribute significantly to the Philippine economy. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas shows that cash remittances from OFWs reached a record high of $34.8 billion in 2023.  However, a 2021 study by the Philippine government’s National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) indicates that many OFWs struggle to reintegrate back into society upon returning home. The OWWA Reintegration Program addresses this challenge by offering financial assistance, livelihood development opportunities, skills training, and even counseling services. This comprehensive approach, aligned with Republic Act No. 8042 or the “Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act,” empowers returning OFWs to utilize their hard-earned savings and expertise, fostering entrepreneurship and ultimately contributing to the nation’s long-term growth.

Legal Basis

The program operates under the auspices of OWWA, mandated by the Philippine government to ensure the welfare and well-being of its overseas workers. It’s part of a broader effort to provide social and economic support mechanisms to OFWs.

Benefits of the Program

  • Training and Development: OFWs can attend free sessions on Value Formation, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial Development, Techno-Skills, and Capacity Building.
  • Livelihood Assistance: Financial support and services are extended to help OFWs start their own businesses or engage in other self-employment activities.
  • Education Program Scholarships: Dependents of OFWs can benefit from scholarships that support their educational pursuits from elementary to college level.

Eligibility and Qualifications

To be eligible for the Reintegration Program, applicants must be active OWWA members who are returning to the Philippines. They should also be able to demonstrate a need for reintegration services due to displacement from employment under distressing circumstances.


  • Application Form
  • Certificate of Entrepreneurial Development Training
  • Valid proof of OWWA membership
  • Proof of repatriation (e.g., passport, travel documents)

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from the OWWA Reintegration Program

  1. Verify Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Collect all necessary documents, including your OWWA membership proof and any certificates from training programs.
  3. Apply for the Program: Submit your application and supporting documents to the nearest OWWA regional office.
  4. Attend Required Trainings: Participate in the prescribed training programs to enhance your skills and knowledge for reintegration.
  5. Receive Assistance: Upon successful completion of training and application review, receive the designated assistance and services to start your new venture in the Philippines.

Additional Support Programs

  • OFW-EDLP (Enterprise Development and Loan Program): Offers business loans ranging from PHP 100,000 to PHP 5,000,000 at a 7.5% interest rate per annum, to help OFWs establish or expand a business.
  • Tulong PUSO: Provides financial grants for the development of livelihood projects by OFW organizations, with potential funding up to PHP 1,000,000 based on project requirements.

Community Engagement and Support

Beyond financial and educational assistance, the program emphasizes community integration and social wellness through activities like community organizing, job referrals, and business counseling. This holistic approach ensures that OFWs not only return to economic activities but also regain a sense of community and belonging.

Recent Updates

OWWA Event Empowers OFW Scholars in Occidental Mindoro

OWWA organized an event in Occidental Mindoro to empower OFW scholars with values formation, reintegration guidance, and financial management skills. The event aimed to equip scholars with the necessary tools to positively contribute to their communities and successfully transition back to their families after their overseas employment.

OWWA Region 1 Empowers OFW Family Circle Associations with Financial Training

OWWA Region 1 conducted a specialized training program to empower OFW Family Circle Associations in achieving their financial goals. The program focused on financial management, savings, and investment, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to support the welfare and empowerment of overseas Filipino workers and their families.

Region I Serbisyong Para Kay Juana Information Caravan Empowers Women in La Union

The Provincial I La UnionSerbisyong Para Kay Juana Information Caravan, organized by RIACAT-CP-VAWC, aimed to empower women in La Union by providing orientation, services, and addressing issues hindering their development. OWWA RWO1 contributed by offering orientation on Reintegration Programs and Financial Literacy, showcasing their accomplishments for CY 2023.

Focus Group Discussion Addresses Concerns of Seafarers and Families in San Mateo, Isabela

OWWA RWO2, in collaboration with LGU San Mateo, organized a Focus Group Discussion in San Mateo, Isabela, to address the issues and concerns of seafarers and their families regarding overseas deployment. The event saw active participation from various stakeholders and included informative sessions on OWWA and DMW programs and services.



By leveraging the support and resources offered by the OWWA Reintegration Program, returning OFWs can confidently navigate the transition to a productive and stable life in the Philippines, ensuring their well-being and that of their families. Engage with this program to explore a new chapter in your professional and personal life, enriched with opportunities for growth and success.

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