Lawmaker proposes 20 % discount to former OFWs
FORMER Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have reached 50 years of age may soon enjoy a 20 percent discount on medicine, transportation, hotels and other business establishments if congress approve a proposed bill.
House Bill 6323, authored by Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila) grants 20% discount to all Filipinos who have worked in a foreign country under employment contracts for a period not less than ten years, including but not limited to, professionals, seamen, entertainers, domestic helpers, regardless of their employment status in the foreign country.
Under the proposed bill, former OFWs shall receive free medical and dental consultations in private or public hospitals and medical insurance from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC).
Likewise, they will be given priority in the livelihood and housing programs of the government.
“The Overseas Filipino Workers are our modern heroes whose hard earned
dollars are responsible for buoying up our economy to levels that have allowed us to achieve growth as a nation, and industrialization along with modernization as a country,” she said.
“It is but timely to express our debt of gratitude to our former OFWs in the form of discounts, medical assistance, enjoyment of benefits granted by the respective social service systems and even housing programs,” Bonoan-David added.
The measure defines former OFW as a resident citizen of the Philippines, at least 50 years old, previously certified by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) for overseas employment purposes and has an income of not more than P60,000 per annum subject to review by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) every three years.