Returning OFWs wait at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


P30k cash aid for OFWs you didn’t know about


DUBAI – While more than 125,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by the pandemic received $200 (Dh730) in cash aid from the Philippine government, another program is also ongoing to provide them cash assistance of P30,000 (Dh2,308).

Under the DOLE-AKAP program, a total of 125,112 OFWs received financial and food assistance under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as of April 23, according to DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

However, there is also another program where OFWs displaced by the pandemic can get education assistance for their children or dependents, and this is called the Tabang OFW programme, Bello said.

Tabang OFW is a P30,000 educational assistance for children of OFWs affected by Covid-19. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has allocated P1 bilion for this program that more than 30,000 students are expected to benefit.

Under the scholarship project, OFWS who lost their jobs, have been repatriated or have died due to the Covid-19 pandemic can receive a cash grant of P30,000 for college or university fees of their dependents.

Dependents of OFWs are their unmarried children under the age of 30, sibling or niece under the age of 30. Dependents must be Filipino citizens currently enrolled in a CHED-approved undergraduate post-secondary program. They must also not be a recipient of any other government scholarship.

Requirements to submit online

-Proof of enrollment
-Enrollment assessment form
-Certificate of registration
-Certificate of enrolment

Enrolment documents

-Evaluation form
-Admission test score

OWWA requirements

-Passport of OFW
-Proof of arrival (for returnees)
-Proof of displacement (affidavit, POLO letter, company certificatie)
-Death certificate or similar record (if OFW is deceased)
-Official transmission from embassy or consulate
-Proof of dependent relationship (dependent’s birth certificate, OFW marriage contract or Certificate of No Marriage).
-Affidavit stating no dependent is recipient of government scholarship award

How to apply for Tabang OFW cash grant

1. Go to

2. Complete all document requirements

3. Submit all documents through regional office or online

4. Wait for text or email message from DOLE or OWWA on how to claim cash grant

5. Claim financial grant in assigned money exchange center.

To track the status of your application, access the Tabang OFW tracker online via

ICA/Expat Media

For all the latest news from the UAE and the world, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube page


ADVERTISE HERE Find or post new jobs, motor ads and classifieds

Explore Expat Media