OWWA Welfare Assistance Program (WAP)

The Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) is intended to assist Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) dealing with unforeseen challenges. Designed with the individuals who toil abroad for the growth of their families and the betterment of the nation’s economy in mind, the WAP extends a critical safety net. With the provision of several types of cash relief, this program spans aid for calamities, bereavement, medical emergencies, disabilities, and situations of job loss or displacement. Its inclusive framework ensures that no member must weather the storm alone, positioning itself as crucial support during life’s unforeseen events.

Targeted primarily at active and registered OWWA members, along with their dependents who can legitimately claim relief, the WAP embodies the values of support and solidarity. The program not only aims to alleviate immediate financial stress but also reaffirms the country’s commitment to its citizens, wherever they may be. Its responsive structure is attuned to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of OFWs’ lives, thereby offering peace of mind that comes with financial preparedness. As we delve further into the document, we will explore the nuances of the eligibility criteria, the application process, and the heartwarming successes that encapsulate the program’s impact.

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Significance of the Program

The WAP goes beyond existing OWWA programs, filling a crucial gap by providing cash relief to members and their families facing situations not covered by regular social benefits. 

Whether it’s a natural disaster, a sudden illness, or an unexpected job loss, the program ensures that even when regular channels fail, a safety net exists.

The Legal Basis and Benefits:

Rooted in Republic Act No. 8042, the OWWA Act, the program’s legal foundation is solid. It empowers the agency to extend financial support in five key areas:

  1. Calamity Assistance: When typhoons, earthquakes, or floods strike, the program provides relief to affected OWWA members and their families.
  2. Bereavement Assistance: In the unfortunate event of an OFW’s death, the program offers aid to ease the financial burden on their loved ones.
  3. Disability Assistance: OWWA members who suffer disability due to accidents or crimes can access financial aid through the program.
  4. Medical Assistance: For illnesses not covered by the MEDplus program, the initiative offers a lifeline to ensure essential medical care remains accessible.
  5. Relief Assistance: In cases of displacement or job loss due to economic, political, or health crises, the program provides temporary financial support for OWWA members.

Note: The specific amount of financial support offered by the OWWA WAP varies depending on several factors, including:

  • Type: Each category (calamity, bereavement, disability, etc.) might have different allocated amounts.
  • Severity of the situation: The extent of damage, loss, or medical needs can influence the amount provided.
  • Location and circumstances: Costs vary depending on location and specific circumstances surrounding the situation.

Eligibility and Requirements:

To qualify for the program, you must be an OWWA member or a qualified dependent. The specific requirements vary depending on the aid type sought, but generally include valid IDs, proof of relationship, relevant documentation (e.g., medical certificates, police reports), and authorization letters where applicable.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying:

  1. Locate the OWWA Regional Welfare Office nearest the OFW’s permanent address.
  2. Obtain a priority number and wait for your turn.
  3. Present the OFW’s ID and membership information for verification.
  4. Receive the application form and checklist of required documents.
  5. Complete the form and gather all necessary documents.
  6. Submit the application and documents for evaluation.
  7. Upon approval, proceed to claim the financial aid.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

Four OFWs from Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya receive financial assistance under WELFARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – Medical/Illness and Disability Assistance.

Four overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) hailing from the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya have been granted financial aid through the Welfare Assistance Program – Medical/Illness and Disability Assistance. This program aims to provide support to OFWs facing medical or disability-related challenges, ensuring their well-being and welfare.

Overview of the Workers Assistance Program by OWWA

This initiative is aimed at providing support to active members of OWWA and their families. Its main objective is to provide cash relief to fellow Filipinos facing situations that are not covered by regular programs. The program includes various aid categories such as Calamity, Bereavement, Disability, and Medical Assistance, ensuring that OFWs and their families receive the necessary aid in times of need. OWWA encourages all members to take advantage of these benefits and avail themselves of the support they deserve.

OWWA Region 02 Provides Urgent Medical Assistance to OFW from Cauayan City, Isabela

The Welfare Assistance Unit (WAU) of OWWA Region 02 Cagayan Valley extended support to a fellow OFW from Cauayan City, Isabela, who urgently needed medical help. This Kabayan, who worked as a household service worker in Abu Dhabi since 2006, unfortunately met with an accident resulting in fractures and wounds. With the support of OWWA Nurse and the Repatriation Team, they closely monitored the OFW’s condition and provided necessary medical aid to ensure a safe journey back home to Cauayan City. Being an active OWWA member, the OFW is entitled to benefits such as WAP Medical/Illness support and the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Livelihood Program, which will be discussed in this video along with other important information.


Video: OWWA XI – WAP Beneficiaries

The OWWA WAP provides essential support to members and their families who are not eligible for other social benefit programs. Through WAP, grantees can access medical, bereavement, disability benefits, and supplemental medical assistance (MedPLUS), ensuring their well-being during challenging times.



The OWWA WAP provides a source of hope for Filipino overseas laborers and their families. By providing financial support during challenging times, it empowers them to navigate difficult situations with dignity and resilience. As Filipino communities around the world continue to grow, the WAP’s importance remains significant, ensuring that no matter the hardship, no one is left behind.

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