We are sharing here the OWWA Programs and Services (Social Benefits).

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) established in 1977 and was formerly known as Welfare and Training Fund for overseas workers.

It is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and membership institution that protects and promotes the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.

Currently, OWWA has 31 offices in 27 countries worldwide and regional offices in the country.

An OWWA membership is an OFW right and responsibility for themselves and for their family.

OWWA Programs and Services (Social Benefits)

The following are the OWWA Programs and Benefits

  • Social Benefits
  • Education and Training
  • Welfare
  • Repatriation and Training
  • Reintegration

OWWA Programs and Services (Social Benefits)


These are benefits for active OWWA members during their contract, per contractual basis for a maximum of 2 years per contract.

Types of Social Benefits

Disability and Dismemberment Benefit


  • Php100, 000.00 (for injuries sustained due to injuries while working abroad).
  • Foreign medical certificate
  • Medical certificate issued by the local attending physician with a medical examination procedure (e.g. X-ray, MRI, CT Scan)
  • Accident Report/Master’s Report for sea-based OFW
 Death and Burial Benefits
  •  Natural Cause-Php100, 000.00
  • Accidental Cause-Php200, 00.00

A Php20, 000.00 for funeral expenses will be received by the beneficiaries on top of the death benefit.


  • Original Copy of Death Certificate (issued by the Local Civil Registrar or  an Authenticated by the PSA
  • For OFW’s who died abroad
    • Foreign Death Certificate
    • Airway Bill
    • Consular Mortuary Certificate or
    • No Objection Certificate
  • Accident Report (for death due to accident)
  • Burial permit
  • Official receipt of funeral expenses
  •  Claimant’s 2 valid IDs and 1 PC ID picture
  • Certificate of no marriage (CENOMAR) of OFW from PSA
  • Submit any of the following documents certified by the local civil registrar (LCR) or Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA):  
    • Marriage certificate (for spouse claimant)
    • Birth certificate of OFW (father or mother claimant)
    • Birth certificate of the child and death certificate of deceased spouse (if the claimant is the child)
  • Affidavit of Undertaking executed by the claimant (Police report if death is due to an accident)
Supplemental Medical Assistance for OFWs (Medplus)
  • Financial assistance for active OWWA and OFW’s PhilHealth Member who is affected by dread illness and was hospitalized (whether at the job sites or while in the Philippines).
  • This financial assistance is equal to the PhilHealth benefits under its case rate system, but not to go beyond Php50, 000.00 per member.


  • Duly accomplished MEDplus application form;
  • Copy of PhilHealth Benefit Payment Notice (BPN*);
  • One (1) copy of a passport-size picture;
  • Proof of OWWA membership contribution (OWWA O.R., OFW membership record)
  • A notarized Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed by the OFW (if the OFW is abroad and filer-claimant is the next-of-kin (NOK)).
  • For deceased OFW, a PSA authenticated death certificate of the deceased OFW and marriage contract or birth certificate of Next Of Kin-claimant.

* BPN or Benefit Payment Notice is a report of actual payments made by PhilHealth in relation to one’s confinement or availment.

Welfare Assistance Program (WAP)

The welfare assistance program or WAP is given to active or non-active OWWA members/families that are not eligible under any OWWA existing Social Benefit Programs and Services.


  • Calamity Assistance
    • For OWWA members and their families affected by natural or human-induced calamities/disasters
  • Bereavement Assistance 
    • Given to the families of deceased OWWA members
  • Medical Assistance 
    • For sick OWWA members whose illnesses are not covered under MEDplus and for members whose injuries are due to accidents/crimes.
  • Relief Assistance
    • For displaced/laid-off en masse OWWA members due to economic/political/health situations.

 For more information, please call the OWWA Hotline Number 1348.

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