Membership Based

HOPE Global Association offers memberships for individuals and companies. Basic members join HOPE as supporters with access to the Association network of products and services. Premium members get discounts up to 50%, included insurance, and access to HOPE Partners.

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Membership Based

HOPE Global Association offers memberships for individuals and companies. Basic members join HOPE as supporters with access to the Association network of products and services. Premium members get discounts up to 50%, included insurance, and access to HOPE Partners.

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Network Referrals

As a premium member, you have the opportunity to directly earn Partner Points exchangeable for goods and services from HOPE. You can help grow our organization of OFWs, Expats, families, friends, and supporters while making a more comfortable life for yourself. It's a win-win.

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Network Referrals

As a premium member, you have the opportunity to directly earn Partner Points exchangeable for goods and services from HOPE. You can help grow our organization of OFWs, Expats, families, friends, and supporters while making a more comfortable life for yourself. It's a win-win.

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OFWs & Their Families

HOPE’s focus is on OFWs, their families, and the support they need to be successful and happy. Whether you are on contract assignment or starting a business as an expat, membership in HOPE brings benefits to all aspects of your personal and professional life.

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OFWs & Their Families

HOPE’s focus is on OFWs, their families, and the support they need to be successful and happy. Whether you are on contract assignment or starting a business as an expat, membership in HOPE brings benefits to all aspects of your personal and professional life.

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RAY RAMOS

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TRACY B. RAMOS

Health & Wellness Leader

 

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Operations Leader

 

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Marketing Leader

 

FAQs

The legal placement fee to be collected by licensed recruitment agencies from applicants for overseas jobs must be equivalent to one month salary of the worker as stipulated in the employment contract. The amount, however, does not include documentation and processing costs. Documentation costs include fees for passport, NBI/Police clearance, medical examinations, medicare premium, trade tests, authentication, birth certificate. Processing costs include visa, POEA processing fee, and OWWA membership fee to be paid by the employer.

Only entities licensed by the Department of Labor and Employment through the Philippine Overseas Employ­ment Administration may recruit Filipino workers for employment overseas. A foreign company may therefore hire Filipino workers by engaging the services of a licensed recruitment agency in the Philippines.

The family of an overseas Filipino worker may avail of a reduced travel tax when they go abroad while the OFW has an existing employment contract. The reduced travel tax certificate is issued by the Department of Tourism. Call (02) 524-7141 loc. 109 or visit them at the Ground Floor, Room 117, Revenue Depart­ment, Department of Tourism Building, T.M. Kalaw, Malate, Manila.

Yes, you can claim for reimbursement of placement fee, documentation and processing expenses from the agency if deployment did not happen without your fault. You may file an administrative case against the recruitment agency through POEA’s Legal Assistance Division.

You may sue your employer and its agent if you were dismissed without valid reasons. Money arising from employer-employee relationship such as unpaid wages, breach of contract or illegal dismissal may be filed with the Migrant Worker’s Desk of the National Labor Relations Commission in Quezon City or in NLRC’s Regional Arbitration Branch in the region you reside.

No, he need not go through the whole process again. The employer and employment contra already verified. As a returning overseas Filipino worker or “balik-manggagawa” all that needs done is to secure an overseas employment certificate (OEC) at the POEA Balik-Manggagawa Processing I regional centers and satellite offices and some Philippine Overseas Labor Offices to enable OFWs to the country again and avail of the same privileges such as exemption from travel tax and airport fee.

Yes, you need to secure a license from POEA if your immigration consultancy and other similar en- not limit your assistance to processing and facilitation in the issuance of immigrant visa but will engage in the recruitment and placement of workers, whether on worker’s visa or employment-based immigration visa, without a license or authority issued by POEA, you shall be subjected to prosecution for illegal recruitment and such other appropriate action as may be necessary pursuant to the pertinent provision RA 8042 and its implementing rules and regulation (MC #10).

This is the law that protects the Overseas Filipinos and Migrant Workers. It provides adequate and timely social, economic and legal services to Filipino migrant workers. It affords protection to labor–organized and unorganized, and promotes full employment and equal employment opportunities.

No. The law sees to it that if a Filipino Citizen freely chooses to work overseas, he/she is assured that his/her dignity, fundamental human rights and freedoms shall not be compromised or violated in the host country.

They mean the same thing. In the context of MWOFA of 1995, as amended, the terms OFW and migrant worker are used interchangeably.

An OFW is agency-hired if he/she availed the services of a recruitment/manning agency duly authorized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA). On the other hand, an OFW is direct-hired or name-hired if he/she was hired directly by foreign employers such as: international organizations; diplomatic corps; and those who were able to get an employment without the assistance or participation of any recruitment/manning agency.

The Agency-Hired OFW Compulsory Insurance is mandatory for agency-hired OFWs. It is not mandatory for direct-hired, name-hired, or re-hired OFWs. If interested they can also avail of this insurance.

The benefits of the Agency-Hired OFW Compulsory Insurance are as follows:
Type of Benefit Amount
a) Accidental Death Benefit; USD 15,000.00
b) Natural Death Benefit; USD 10,000.00
c) Permanent Total Disablement Benefit; USD 7,500.00
d) Repatriation Cost Benefit; Actual cost
e) Subsistence Allowance Benefit; USD 100.00 per month for a maximum of six (6) months
f) Money Claims Benefit; Three (3) months for every year of employment contract with a maximum of USD 1,000.00 per month
g) Compassionate Visit Benefit; Actual cost
h) Medical Evacuation Benefit; and Actual cost
i) Medical Repatriation Benefit. Actual cost
Yes.
The OWWA is a membership institution. For a US$25.00 membership contribution, an OWWA member is entitled to various benefits and services.
You can be a member by:
1. Enrollment upon processing of contract at the POEA
2. Voluntary registration of a would-be member at job sites overseas
Effectivity
OWWA membership, either through the compulsory or voluntary coverages, shall be effective upon payment of membership contribution up until expiration of the employment contract. The member is covered for a maximum of two years after which the membership has to be renewed. The following social benefits are provided:
1. Death Benefit
An active member is covered for the duration of his employment contract. The coverage includes PhP 100,000.00 for death due to natural cause and PhP 200,000.00 for death due to accident.
2. Disability and Dismemberment Benefit
A member is entitled to disability/dismemberment benefits of PhP 50,000.00 for partial disability and Php 100,000.00 in case of total permanent disability.
3.Burial Benefit
On top of death benefit, a rider of PhP 20,000.00 will be received by legal heirs for the funeral expenses.

HOPE does not charge a placement fee to jobseekers. The POEA allows the recruitment agencies to collect a placement fee equivalent to one month salary only, except for OFWs deployed in Taiwan since they have to pay for a brokers fee.

Jobseekers who were direct hire may contact the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) for answer to this question. Please call them at their 24-hour hotlines +632-222-1144 or at +632-722-1155 or visit their website at www.poea.gov.ph.

Contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Philippine Overseas Labor Office in you area, they can help you regarding your concern. Agencies partners that are registered with HOPE Jobs only cater applicants who are still here in the Philippines since there are times that the agency requires personal appearance of the applicant. However, there may be many other jobs globally that are eligible for direct hire–including those listed on our jobs board.

Requirements depend on the employer. If you already apply in an agency, they will be the one to tell you what the documents you need to submit are. For more information, we invite you to post your question in our Community Forum, where HOPE personnel and fellow commenters will be very willing to answer your post.

You can check the agency at the POEA website or at this link: http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/agSearch.asp Just type the first word of the agency name, and then browse if the result turns out many results.

The 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 the seventeen regions.

Yes. An OWWA member may avail for himself/herself or his/her duly designated beneficiary any of the following scholarship programs, subject to a selection process and accreditation of participating institutions: Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP). The Education for Development Scholarship Program is an educational assistance offered to qualified dependents/beneficiaries of member-OFWs. The scholarship consists of a maximum of PhP 60,000.00 per school year leading to a four-to-five year baccalaureate course in any college or university. OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFW DSP). Educational assistance consisting of a maximum of PhP 20,000.00 per school year leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university for dependents whose active OFW-member parents receive a monthly salary of not more than USD 400.00. Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) The Skills for Employment Scholarship Program is an educational training assistance where OFWs or their dependents can enhance their vocational and technical skills. It consists of a maximum of PhP 14,500.00 per course in any TESDA-accredited school. Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP) The Seafarers’ Upgrading Program is designed to upgrade the skills and develop the expertise of Filipino seafarers. First availment consists of a maximum of Php7, 500.00 training assistance. Availment in another training course is every after three (3) recorded membership. Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) Education assistance for survivors of a deceased OFW consisting of PhP5,000.00 for elementary, PhP 8,000.00 for high school and Php10,000.00 for college per school year and livelihood assistance amounting to Php 15,000.00 is given to the surviving spouse.