THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in Northern Mindanao partners with Xavier Maria Reyna University Hospital to cater to sick overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Cagayan de Oro.

It is part of Owwa's effort to enhance its health care services for the OFWs.

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Leonor C. Mabagal, Owwa in Northern Mindanao officer-in-charge, however, said a memorandum of agreement between her office and the hospital is yet to be signed as they are still finalizing the details of the document.

Mabagal said the program is especially designed for OFWs who got sick abroad but have to return back to the country without finishing their contracts.

She said OFWs abroad are covered with a health insurance but some of them are not attended by their employers.

"Through this program, the OFWs can go home for treatment for free through our partner medical institutions," Mabagal said.

She said OFWs can avail of up to P100,000 if confined in the hospital due to accident, are suffering from dreaded diseases (acquired or not), transmitted diseases, catastrophic, and intensive care.

Mabagal added even OFWs who are found mentally-ill due to depression can also avail of the services.

Of the several benefits that an OFW enjoys while working abroad, only $25 or more or less P1,100 on every working contract covers it all, Mabagal said, as she urged OFWs to renew their registration with the Owwa.

She reiterated that once an OFW gives importance to the renewal of their registrations, "their hospital bills, including medicines here (Philippines) are subsidized by the government."

In Misamis Oriental, around seven hospitals located in different towns in the province have partnered with Owwa for its health care services. (Loui S. Maliza)