The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has disbursed over PHP26 million to members under its ongoing rebate program.
In a Twitter post on October 11, 2019, OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac said a total of Php26,071,683 have benefitted 10,512 members.
The program was launched last month in compliance with Republic Act 10801, or the OWWA Act, which states a rebate should be given to overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
The beneficiaries must be a member of OWWA for at least 10 years and have not availed themselves of any benefit from the agency.
The amount of the rebate range from PHP941.25 up to PHP13,177.50 depending on the Filipino worker’s number of contributions.
OWWA records show a total of 556,000 of its members, who have made at least five or more contributions as of December 31, 2017, will qualify in the initial implementation of the program.
The agency has allocated PHP1 billion for the rebates.
A total of USD5 is being collected by the OWWA for every contract for both land-based and sea-based Filipino migrant workers.
Qualified members, who would like to avail of the rebate program may visit the OWWA’s official web site at owwa.gov.ph or call OWWA Hotline 1348. (Ferdinand Patinio, PNA)