What is OWWA?

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and a membership institution. It protects and promotes the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents.  It was formerly known as Welfare and Training Fund for Overseas Workers and was organized in 1977. 

OWWA, as it is commonly known, is present in 31 overseas posts in 27 countries.  It also has its regional presence in all seventeen (17) regions.

What does OWWA do?

OWWA focuses on the welfare of the OFWs and their families.  It is present in all three stages of migration: pre-departure, on-site, and upon arrival. Before the first-time workers leave, OWWA educates them on the realities of overseas work. They also undergo basic language training. 

Abroad, OWWA assists the OFWs whenever they encounter concerns with their employers . 

Finally, when the OFW is back, OWWA is ready with its livelihood trainings and programs for the OFWs’ reintegration.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is a national government agency vested with the special function of developing and implementing welfare programs and services that respond to the needs of its member-OFWs and their families. It is endowed with powers to administer a trust fund to be called the OWWA Fund.


By 2023, OWWA has instituted more effective mechanisms to ensure that the rights and interests of OFWs are adequate protected and safeguarded.


a. Delivery of welfare services and benefits; and b. Ensuring capital build-up and fund viability