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Oct
13
2016

Are you eligible to apply for SSS housing loan for OFWs?

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The Philippine Social Security System or SSS is a social insurance program for private company employees and self-employed Filipinos in the Philippines. It provides retirement and health benefits to its members, aside from the loans available.

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is entitled to be an SSS member and has the privilege to avail the Direct Housing Loan Facility which aims to provide socialized and low-cost housing for them.

 

To apply for a housing loan, an OFW must know if he or she is a qualified OFW. How? SSS defines an OFW as a private sector worker who is:

  • currently deployed with a contract processed through the POEA or authenticated by the Embassy abroad.
  • with employment contracts awaiting renewal/deployment
  • a Filipino national but who is now a citizen or immigrant of a foreign countries but is interested in buying a housing unit for his family who is still in the country.
  • a long-term resident overseas Filipinos who wish to avail of housing packages either for themselves when they retire or when they visit the Philippines and/or for their extended families.

OFWs who fit under these conditions should also be a member of SSS to be able to apply for a housing loan. The OFW must meet the following requirements:

  1. Member should be a certified Overseas Filipino Worker.
  2. A voluntary OFW member of SSS.
  3. Has at least 36 months contribution and 24 continuous contributions in the period prior to the application.
  4. The OFW is not more than 60 years old at the time of application and must be insurable. Members who are aged 60 years at the time of application will have a maximum loan term of 5 years.
  5. OFW was not previously granted an SSS housing loan.
  6. Has not  been granted a final SSS benefits.
  7. OFW borrower and spouse is updated in the payment of their SSS loan(s), if any

The housing loan applied for will be approved after meticulous screening and if the purpose is:

  • construction of a new house or dwelling unit on a lot owned by the applicant free from lien/encumbrances
  • purchase of a lot and construction thereon of a new house or dwelling unit
  • purchase on existing residential unit which may be a house and lot, a condominium unit or a townhouse.

Upon completion of the needed documents, an OFW may file the housing loan application at the nearest SSS cluster branch or at the Housing and Business Loan Department, 5th Floor, SSS Bldg., East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

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Aug
25
2016

SSS Office in Jeddah’s Work Schedule for September

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The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced that the Social Security System (SSS) office will be open on all Saturdays of September, 2016. SSS officers will assists overseas Filipino workers who would settle their past-due loans.

 

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Aug
12
2016

KSA King offers assistance to stranded OFWs

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Overseas Filipino workers or OFWs will received support from the Ministry of Labor in Saudi Arabia as ordered by the king.

 

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Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia instructed the Ministry of Labor to give assistance to the more than 11,000 jobless OFWs affected by the crisis in Gulf states.

 

Among the support to be given are:

  • Waiver of immigration penalties due to expired working visas
  • Plane fares for OFWs returning to the Philippines
  • Food aid
  • Re-employment assistance for OFWs who wants to work in other companies
  • Legal assistance to money claims

 

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Jul
21
2016

TESDA Online Courses OFWs Can Take

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TESDA Online Program

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can take online courses offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to acquire certification needed for their work abroad.

 

TESDA’s free online program was created so technical education will be accessible to Filipinos as an effective way of learning with the use of internet.

 

An OFW can take online programs by signing up first for an account with a valid email address.

 

Some of the online courses OFWs can choose from includes:

  • Waiter servicing
  • Room attendant servicing
  • Valet servicing
  • Laundry servicing
  • Provide housekeeping services to guests
  • Guest room attendant servicing
  • Diesel engine tune up
  • Automotive battery servicing
  • Packaged air conditioner unit servicing
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai massage
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Ship’s catering
  • Software development fundamentals
  • CAD/CAM operation
  • Android development for beginners
  • UX design for mobile developers

 

For the complete list of courses, go to TESDA’s website.

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Jul
15
2016

OFWs can now renew passports at Robinson’s Galleria

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OFWs will no longer wait in line to renew their passports.

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA opened their satellite office located inside Robinson’s Galleria for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

 

DFA National Capital Region-Central satellite office at the mall will assist passport renewal for OFWs.

 

OFW passport applicants with complete documents who will come before 12 noon may expect their passport renewal processed on the same day. The satellite office will entertain OFWs from 8am to 12 noon, even if the mall opens at 10am.

 

For further information, OFWs may approach the DFA NCR-Central or call (+632) 631-0806 or email them at dfa.ncr.central@gmail.com.

 

Related article:

DFA’s OFW Lane in Robinsons Galleria Soon to Open

 

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