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Too little, too late for rebates, say longtime OWWA members

12 September 2019

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It's been 3 years since the OWWA Law
providing for rebates was passed
By Daisy CL Mandap

More than three years since it was mandated by law, the Rebate Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for longtime members is now being implemented.

From Sept 1, the OWWA Rebate Portal was opened to enable longtime members to check how much they are entitled to. Those qualified for rebate should have (1) worked abroad for at least years; (2) paid at least 5 membership contributions; (3) should have not availed of any OWWA program or benefit.

But most of those who eagerly checked how much they were entitled to were disappointed, even shocked, to see how much their contribution was valued.

Liezl Mercado who said she religiously contributed to the OWWA Fund during the 17 years that she worked as a domestic helper in Hong Kong, shared a picture of the Rebate Portal showing she was entitled to only P1,129.50.

“Pwede nang pang Jollibee,” she quipped in frustration.

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Her friends invariably took up the joking tone, with one saying, “Ayos ah, pwedeng pang negosyo. Pambili ng kotse ang sobra.”

Another said: “I donate mo na lang sa kanila”

But a bigger surprise awaited one of Mercado’s friends.  Jo Campos, who worked in Hong Kong for 31 years, was shocked to see that she was entitled only to the same amount of P1,129.50 that Mercado is getting.

“Ano ang basehan ng computation?,” Campos lamented.


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But OWWA welfare officer Marivic Clarin said the amount of rebate given to each longtime member has been arrived at through an actuarial study.

“Pwede kang 30 years na OFW but nakapagbayad ka (lang) ng OWWA membership for 5 years lang,” she said.

Clarin shared a press release issued on Aug 31 that said the actuarial study commissioned by OWWA determined the capability of the OWWA Fund “to implement the rebate program without negatively affecting the regular programs and services of the agency.”
Based on this study, the sum of Php1 billion was set aside to pay rebates to 556,000 entitled members as shown by the OWWA data base.

The press release also said rebates of between Php941.25 to Php13,177.50 will be paid to qualified beneficiaries.

Clarin said inquiries about the rebates could be made directly with OWWA because it is "not hiding anything.” She said OWWA’s financial records are open to the public because it is a government institution and reports to the Department of Budget and Management and the Commission on Audit.

Dolores Balladares-Pelaez, chair of United Filipinos – Migrante Hong Kong, is not appeased, and called the rebate program “kalokohan” after learning about the piddly sums being paid to longtime OFWs.

“Okay sana yan dahil isa yan sa mga demand ng mga OFWs lalo na yung matagal na nagtatrabaho sa ibang bansa, kaso nga naging pampalubag loob ang dating dahil sa SOBRANG liit ng maibabalik sa mga OFW. It took them three years para magawa ang IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) tapos baratan lang ang inabot.”

OFWs who qualify for rebates need to make an appointment to their chosen OWWA regional office and present required documents for verification. They will then be asked for their bank details where OWWA will deposit their rebate payments.

But possibly anticipating that OFWs will opt out of collecting a sum that may not even cover the cost of their transportation and other expenses, the OWWA press release urged them to consider donating their rebate to the scholarship program for OFW children, or use it to pay for their OWWA membership if they are still working abroad.

The Rebate Portal can be accessed via the OWWA website owwa.gov.ph. For further questions about the Rebate Program, OFWs may visit the nearest OWWA Regional Welfare Office in their area or call the OWWA Hotline 1348.
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