Understanding The OWWA Rebate Program

Many OFWs are asking this: what benefits can they get from being a member of OWWA? Why should they pay $25 for a membership that they feel doesn’t help them in whatever way?

The truth is there are many. These benefits include but not limited to:

  • Disability and Disarmament benefit in case of accident or injury while at work
  • Death benefits
  • Education and Training programs such as scholarship, allowance, and training assistance
  • Repatriation Assistance Program to help you come back to the Philippines
  • Reintegration Program, popularly known as OWWA Loan, which helps you open your own business

The good news is there is another benefit that OFWs can enjoy in accordance to the Section 54 of RA 10801 or the OWWA Act of 2016: the OWWA Rebate Program.

What is the OWWA Rebate Program?

This program is granted to OFWs who comply with the following:

  • OWWA member for at least 10 years
  • Made at least five or more contributions
  • Have NOT yet claimed any form of benefit or service from OWWA

OFW beneficiaries may also qualify under the rebate program as long as the deceased OFW member met all the requirements above.

If qualified, then you can get at least P941.00 up to P13,000.00, depending on the number of contributions made.

At present, P1 billion is earmarked by the agency for this program. This aims to help 556,000 OFWs who are also long-term members of the agency. The agency plans to increase the amount up to P2 billion to also give back to modern heroes.

How To Check And Claim If You Are Qualified Under The OWWA Rebate Program

  1. Visit the website by clicking this link.
  2. Fill out the OWWA Rebate Verification Form.
  3. Once filled, click Inquire.
  4. If you are qualified for the rebate, you will see how much you can get.
  5. If you’re satisfied with the amount, then set up an appointment on any OWWA Office near you.
  6. You will receive a text stating your appointment code. DO NOT DELETE this message for reference.
  7. On the scheduled appointment, go to the OWWA Office or Branch and show the appointment code. Don’t forget to bring one valid government-issued ID as well for verification.
  8. Give your bank details to the person-in-charge. This is important because this is where OWWA will deposit the money.

Naturally, the amount you will get is for your personal use like additional capital for your business or deposit in your savings account.

Nonetheless, you may also use the funds for the following purposes:

  • Donate the proceeds to the Tuloy Aral Project or TAP. This foundation is dedicated to helping less fortunate OFW families go back to school.
  • Renew your OWWA membership, especially if you still have an existing employment contract overseas.

Take note that this program is a rebate and not a cash back or refund of all your contributions. Make sure you check on this benefit and make the most out of the amount you will get from here. After all, you deserve it.

For further questions, you may contact OWWA Hotline 1348.

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