What is OWWA?

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and a membership institution.

It 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.


Welfare Assistance Program

OWWA provides assistance to the OFWs needing the following:

    • Conciliation/Negotiation with Employers, Recruitment Agencies, Endorsement/Referral to competent Japanese authority/government office and/or to non-governmental organizations;
    • Counselling;
    • Jobsite and Accommodation Inspection;
    • Jail and Hospital Visitation
    • Support on Court Hearing Appearances;
    • Repatriation Assistance – Distressed, Mentally/Physically Ill, and Human Remains
    • Others – Information on whereabouts, personal/relationship problems, etc.

Reintegration Preparedness Program

OWWA offers the following skills training and development to prepare OFWs should they prefer to return home to the Philippines:

    • Skills and Livelihood Training
    • Livelihood and Agri-business Seminars
    • Financial Literacy and Other Investment Seminars
    • Entrepreneurial Development Training

Community Outreach Program

One of OWWA’s main thrusts is to foster good relations with and among the Filipino Communities in Japan. Some of the programs hosted/supported are the following:

    • Assistance/Support to Filipino Organizations programs and projects
    • Socio-Cultural Activities
    • Institutional Events (Migrant Workers’ Day, Labor Day, Independence Day)
    • FILCOM Sports Festival
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