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OFWs are now required to contribute to Pag-Ibig fund

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According to the directive of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be charged of P600 to be able to acquire their Overseas Employment Certificate.

Filipinos need to contribute to the Pag-Ibig fund if they are planning to work abroad.

The amount is good for 6 months. After that, the workers will pay a monthly due of P100.

Those who are currnetly working abroad will automatically be covered by the instruction.

A rights group for Filipino migrants are not happy about the mandatory membership, claiming OFWs are already burdened by several charges.

“Before it is only optional, not mandatory, thus giving OFWs and their dependents leeway to choose which is better, appropriate, and practical considering the family’s priority, to get a housing loan from Pag-Ibig or just gradually built their own house from their earnings,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.

Aside from the Pag-Ibig mandatory contribution, the OFW has to pay P1,164 for membership in the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, P900 contribution to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., and an additional P100 processing fee, he said.

“This is on top of other fees and charges imposed by the government and the placement fee collected by recruitment agencies,” he added.

Pag-Ibig however explained their side, saying the contribution should not be considered an additional tax.

In 2 years time, the worker will  be able to get a loan from Pag-Ibig, Senior Vice President for Operations Alex Aguilar said.


  • Teogenesa Arancon

    PAG-IBIG CONTRIBUTION IS A DAY TIME ROBBERY TO ALL OFW.HINDI DAPAT GAWING MANDATORY,HINDI LAHAT GUSTONG MAG LOAN PARA SA HOUSING.KUNG PWEDE PAKI SCRAPT ITONG PANUKALANG ITO.MAAWA NAMAN KAYO SA MGA OFW.KUNG MAG LOAN SAAN NAMAN SILA KUKUHA NG MONTHLY PAMBAYAD PAG SILA AY UUWI.

  • Teogenesa Arancon

    PAG-IBIG CONTRIBUTION IS A DAY TIME ROBBERY TO ALL OFW.HINDI DAPAT GAWING MANDATORY,HINDI LAHAT GUSTONG MAG LOAN PARA SA HOUSING.KUNG PWEDE PAKI SCRAPT ITONG PANUKALANG ITO.MAAWA NAMAN KAYO SA MGA OFW.KUNG MAG LOAN SAAN NAMAN SILA KUKUHA NG MONTHLY PAMBAYAD PAG SILA AY UUWI.

  • Loyal Servant (Moyeen Azeez)

    Let people decide whether they need to contribute to HDMF or not. How about people with existing houses already? Government getting greedy and trying to squeeze the workers because of their own filthy greed.

  • karen

    yeah, bakit mandatory nman yan?i already have a housing loan in pag-ibig so how come na magbabayad pa ako?

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