Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), formerly known as Welfare and Training Fund for Overseas Workers, is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and a membership institution meant to protect and promote the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.
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This national government agency is meant to safeguard the welfare of OFWs in all stages of migration: pre-departure, on-site, and upon arrival. With over 31 overseas posts in 27 countries, it also has regional presence in seventeen regions of the country, making it accessible for OFWs in distress. OWWA provides awareness, and clarify expectations, and gives out basic language training for first-timers. The agency also helps returning OFW reintegrate with hosts of livelihood training and programs upon their return.
How can I check the status of my OWWA Membership?
Typically valid for two years, an OWWA membership’s validity can be determined by checking the date on the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or the OWWA Balik-Manggagawa Slip. If the membership date is not more than two years, then the membership is still valid along with the benefits that come with it.
Another option would be by downloading the free OWWA Mobile App through Google Play for Android-operated smartphones or App Store for iOS devices. The app contains the member’s information including the name , birth date, passport number, employment contract information, OWWA membership status, payment history, and member beneficiaries. It also comes with a list of member benefits, membership renewal option, and OWWA contact information.
Information available on the app can also be accessed online, if a smartphone is not available.
For those who prefer to do it offline, they may visit any Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO-OWWA) if already working abroad or go to the nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office in the Philippines.
How to renew my OWWA Membership?
If the OWWA membership has expired but the OFW is still under active contract, then renewal can be done through the following methods:
Online: Online renewal of OWWA membership can be done via the OWWA website or OWWA Mobile App. Going via the Online Application Form for OWWA OFW e-Card can be done too.
Abroad: If the OFW is abroad, visiting the nearest POLO-OWWA office to your location is advised.
In the Philippines – The nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office or the satellite offices of OWWA located in various areas including POEA Ortigas, NAIA Terminal 1, 2, and 3, Trinoma, and Duty Free Fiesta also offers renewal services.