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Department of Labor and Employment


Promotes the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents. 


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is an attached agency of the Department of Labour which protects and promotes the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.  It was formerly known as Welfare and Training Fund for Overseas Workers and was organized in 1977. OWWA, as it is commonly known, is present in 31 overseas posts in 27 countries.  It also has its regional presence in all the seventeen regions.

What does OWWA do?

OWWA focuses on the welfare of the OFWs and their families.  It is present in all three stages of migration: pre-departure, on-site, and upon arrival. Before the first-time workers leave, OWWA educates them on the realities of overseas work.  They also undergo basic language training.  Abroad, OWWA assists the OFWs whenever they encounter concerns with their employers.

How can one be a member of OWWA?

For a US$25.00 membership contribution, an OWWA member is entitled to various benefits and services.

You can be a member by:

  1. Enrollment upon processing of contract at the POEA
  2. Voluntary registration of a would-be member at job sites overseas

Educational programs offer by OWWA:

  • Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)
  • OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFW DSP)
  • Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP)
  • Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP)
  • Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP)

Other programs offer by OWWA:

  • Repatriation Program: Provide airport assistance, temporary shelter for distressed workers.
  • Reintegration Program (economic and psycho-social components): The economic component includes social preparation programs for livelihood projects or community-based income generating projects, skills training and credit facilitation and lending. The psycho-social component includes community organizing program or organizing of OFW family circles and services.

Download OWWA membership form here: https://www.owwa.gov.ph/sites/default/files/files/Downloads/OSMP.pdf

Contact details:

Direct Lines: (632) 551 – 6655; 551 – 6646

Email: area1_oocs@owwa.gov.ph


4/F OWWA Building,

7th St. Corner F.B. Harrison St.,

Pasay City 1300.


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