After waiting for close to a year, Filipinos wanting to renew their Overseas Workers Welfare Administration membership can now do so in next month’s mobile consular services on Saipan and Rota.
OWWA is a Philippine government agency that handles the welfare and wellbeing of Filipino workers abroad.
The Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam announced yesterday that OWWA recently approved the Consulate General’s request for the inclusion of OWWA services in the upcoming mobile consular services scheduled next month on the island.
The third mobile consular services will be held at the Mt. Carmel Social Hall on Saipan from Oct. 7 to 10, while the Mayor’s Office on Rota will be the venue for the same services from Oct. 12 to 13.
OWWA, through a letter from OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon, informed the Consulate General that a representative of the agency would be sent to join the consulate’s team in order to accept applications for OWWA membership.
OWWA said the following are eligible to apply for or renew their membership: Overseas Filipino workers who are of legal age and are gainfully employed at the time of registration; OFWs whose OWWA membership had expired; and OFWs who have acquired regular/permanent residency status in foreign country of work but have remained Filipino citizens.
For this purpose, Filipino workers in the CNMI who wish to apply or renew their OWWA membership are advised to prepare the following requirements for submission to the OWWA representative during the mobile consular outreach: accomplished OSMP Information Sheet; proof of employment such as work contract/work permit (CW1/visa for Saipan OFWs) employment offer, pay slip, certificate of employment from the company/employer, company identification card, and/or other relevant evidence of employment; valid passport; and membership fee of $25
The validity/coverage of the OWWA membership is per contract basis and maximum period is two years.
The Consulate General said the processing of applications will be on a first-come, first-served basis, from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 5pm on both Saipan and Rota.