Several blog entries ago, we shared with you about that new law regarding the creation of a new charter for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
Known as the Republic Act 10801 or the OWWA act, the new law further defines the functions of the agency, the board of trustees, and the secretariat. Moreover, it provides details about its trust fund.
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With this new law, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families will enjoy many benefits.
Reintegration for Displaced OFWs
To begin with, the new OWWA law enhances the government’s reintegration program for displaced OFWs who return to the Philippines.
OWWA Membership Registration and Renewal
Along with that, the guidelines for the procedure of OWWA membership registrations and renewals have been streamlined and well-defined.
Transparency in OWWA funds
Regarding OWWA funds, the new law ensures that there will be greater transparency in its utilization and management.
Improved Interaction with OFWs
The agency will now be maintaining an interactive website where they will gather feedback and complaints from OFWs regarding OWWA’s services and programs.
Full Protection of OFW Welfare
Moreover, OWWA will make sure that their operative budget will be able to support the full protection and welfare of OFWs.
Increased OFW Representation In OWWA Board
The voice of OFWs will be heard as well since there will be 7 positions available in the board. This will comprise of two nominated/appointed representatives each from land-based and sea-based OFWs. One representative will also be chosen from the women, land-based recruitment, and sea-based manning sectors.
Automatic OWWA Membership
OFWs automatically become members as they pay the $25 contribution, whether the payment was compulsory or voluntary. This membership will be active until the OFW’s contract expires.
Employers, Recruitment Agencies To Pay OWWA Contributions
Lastly, the new law also requires employers or recruitment agencies to pay OWWA contributions since failure to do so can lead to license cancellation or a ban from hiring overseas workers.