In recognition for the invaluable contribution of millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the country’s national economy, the OFW Reintegration Program (ORP) is continuously being offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for several years now. It is particularly designed for previous OFWs (especially in the case of Filipina domestic helpers) who just came back in the Philippines but lack any saving to start a new life due to some reasons. Hence, this program is really advantageous to OFWs knowing that they do not have enough money to meet the basic needs of their respective children and families.

With the auspices from the National Reintegration Center (NRCO) which is under the government’s Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the ORP may be availed by OFWs provided that they were members of OWWA during their stay abroad. In addition, OFWs may choose which of the two categories they want to avail: either on-site (reintegration preparedness) or in-country (re-employment). The former primarily aims to equip previous OFWs with up-to-date technological and entrepreneurial skills while the latter includes various job referrals for those OFWs who still want to work in or outside the country yet still subject to their job qualifications.

Furthermore, the ORP also provides a livelihood loan assistance which ranges from PHP 300,000.00 to PHP 2 million. This is intended for all OFWs who plan to set up their own business enterprise in the country so that they no longer need to go and work abroad. On the other hand, OFWs loan applicants must comply with some loan requirements set by OWWA in order for their requests to be processed. These requirements such as feasibility study and business plan are very crucial in determining whether their proposed business is cost-effective based on the projected income against the projected expenses.

OFWs who are interested in the loan program are also required to undergo an orientation which tackles effective business management. This is held in the OWWA Center in Pasay City every week except Saturdays and Sundays, from 2:30 p.m. onwards. To enlist, OFWs should secure a Membership Verification Sheet (MVS) at Room 105 before getting a priority number card from the guard-on-duty at Room 202 of the same building. However, OFWs are advised to come in the site (Room 706) as early as possible since only the first 65 persons will be allowed to take part in the said orientation.