Bontoc, Mountain Province - Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Mountain Province need not to travel to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Baguio City to submit and process documents to avail of the various assistance program that the agency is offering.
This, as the OWWA – Regional Office now has a Provincial Field Office at the 2nd Floor of the Red Cross Building which is open from Monday to Friday at 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.
Family Welfare Officer Edna Banga-an of the OWWA - Provincial Field Office said that a satellite office was established in the province in November 2017 with the agency's aim to bring its services closer to the people. For the meantime, they are sharing the same office with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The presence of a field office is for the comfort and convenience of the clients in the province as it will save them from cost of travel and other related expenses in going to OWWA- Baguio City.
Dolores E. Imatong, an OFW returnee from Bontoc is one among those who recently benefitted from the Welfare Assistance Program of the OWWA specifically the Medical Assistance.
Imatong who personally received the medical assistance from OWWA through cheque amounting to P10,000.00 on June 14, 2018 at the Office of the Municipal Mayor expressed her gratitude saying that the presence of a Field Office of OWWA in the province saves her time, money and effort in travelling to Baguio City to receive her financial assistance.
Mayor Franklin C. Odsey who handed over the cheque thanked the OWWA for their programs that benefit the OFWs and the OFW returnees.
Odsey mentioned that with the limited resources of the Local Government Unit (LGU), it cannot extend all-out help to all those who are in need as much as they want too. With this, he is glad and thankful that OWWA has recently included the medical assistance to OFWs from its various programs.
According to Banga-an, the medical assistance availed of by Imatong is open to all active and inactive OWWA members who are in need of financial aid. However, the amount is dependent on the medical diagnosis of the beneficiary. Active OWWA members may receive a higher financial assistance than those who are inactive members. Inactive members are those who did not renew their memberships to the OWWA for some reasons such as they decided to stay home for good.
In order to avail of the program, a claimant must submit to the OWWA her/his latest Medical Certificate with diagnosis in which the doctor must indicate whether the OFW’s illness is total/permanent disability or partial/temporary disability and she/he is physically fit or unfit to work having the kind of illness.
Other requirements include Clinical Abstract if with operation; Histopath; photocopy of Passport (page with name/picture, latest date of arrival and departure, visa stamp) or Travel Document; two pieces 2x2 ID picture of OFW-claimant; and two valid IDs of the OFW-claimant.
Banga-an said that their office is open to everyone who would like to inquire and avail of the various programs of the agency especially the OFWs and their family members. // Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc -LGU