A representative of the Philippines’ Overseas Workers Welfare Administration may be able to join the Philippine Consulate General’s mobile mission to the Commonwealth next week.
OWWA administrator Rebecca Calzado will be sending a representative, in the person of former welfare officer to PCG Saipan Rey Tayag, to join the PCG’s consular mission on Saipan and Tinian on Sept. 22-28.
The OWWA administration is now in the process of preparing Tayag’s pre-deployment requirements.
“We’re doing our best that they arrive on time for the mobile consular mission. Hopefully they will,” Philippine honorary consul Glicerio Arago said.
Arago said the arrival of an OWWA representative will be a big help for the Filipino community on Saipan.
The Philippine Consulate General in Guam also recommended to OWWA that the representative make a stopover on Rota to be able to assist the Filipino community there.
OWWA is an agency of the Philippine government that protects and promotes the welfare of overseas Filipino workers and their dependents. By being a member of OWWA, an overseas Filipino worker becomes entitled to various benefits and services, such as death benefits, disability and dismemberment benefit, and burial benefit. It also provides educational assistance, among other programs.
Requirements for OWWA application are the following: CW-1 copy, passport copy, and a $25 fee.
The consular mission on Saipan will be on Sept. 23 to 25 and on Sept. 26 to 27 on Tinian. Applications for passport renewals, registration for overseas voting for the May 2016 Philippine elections as well as civil registry and notarial services will be accommodated.