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OWWA 4A opens new satellite office, launches ORP in San Pedro City

by Joy Gabrido
September 14, 2019

OWWA Administrator Cacdac delivers his message during the inauguration and launch program. (PIA 4A)


CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 4A (OWWA 4A) inaugurated its new satellite office and launched the OFW Rebates Program (ORP) in Robinsons Galleria South, San Pedro City last September 9.

“Our strategy now based on our President’s mandate is to be present in all provinces. In fact, not only in all provinces and regions, but be present in as many areas as we can,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac emphasized.

The Administrator said they are now breaking the traditional wall that limits them to have regional and provincial offices.

OWWA promises to expand go the provinces, towns and cities to provide them with space or room and partner with them.

“This is our first step towards boosting our presence. We no longer want people to travel far just to be able to avail of our services,” he said.

Alongside the inaugural ceremony, OWWA 4A launched the ORP.

OWWA targets 566, 000 member-beneficiaries with the allotted P 19.6 worth of funds for the ORP.

“It sounds big but if you’ll compare it with SSS, GSIS there is a big difference from bigger financial institutions so we need to calculate it well. There will be a 13 percent rebate,” he explained.

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The same program will be offered three years from now for those who will be obtaining the ten-year OWWA membership, he added.

To qualify in this program, one should be an OFW and OWWA member for at least ten years, have paid a minimum of five contributions, and have never availed of any programs from OWWA.

“OWWA, more than any other period in our history, now has increased five times its direct payment beneficiaries.”

In the last two years, the number of beneficiaries who have received direct payment from OWWA rose from 40,000 in 2016 to 160, 000 in 2017 and 2018 or 270 percent.

This is apart from the number of recipients who have received indirect services like shelter, plane ticket arrangement, medical check-up, counseling.

Also, he noted that the number of OWWA scholars have increased up to 30 to 40 percent because the requirement to be a scholar was simplified.

“Rest assured nandito po kami para magbigay ng serbisyo (Rest assured that we are here to provide public service),” the Administrator affirmed. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)

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