Empowering Migrants by Harnessing the 21st Century Technology

The revolution in information and communication and technology, including the rise of social media, has facilitated not only international migration, but also the delivery of services by the government for its migrants. Recognizing the potential of these modern technologies, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) started developing innovative projects to provide better and faster services to more than 10 million Filipinos overseas and their families left behind.

The CFO now actively pursues three distinct, pioneering initiatives that maximize the benefits of the 21st century technology.

SSS extends OFWs’ prescriptive period for sickness notifications to 35 days

The Social Security System (SSS) gave 30 more days to the five-day prescriptive period for filing sickness notifications of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for their illnesses not requiring hospitalization, in consideration of their limited time and accessibility to SSS offices while abroad.

Dr. Brenda P. Viola, SSS Officer-in-Charge of the Medical Services Division, said OFWs previously had five calendar days from the start of home confinement to file their sickness notification, and this prescriptive period is now extended to a total of 35 calendar days.

PhilHealth Advisory: On-site Visits Of Authorized PhilHealth Personnel


Effective August 21, 2015, authorized PhilHealth personnel shall conduct visits to all private
and public employers to inspect their premises including their books and pertinent records.

This advisory is in line with PhilHealth Circular 017-2015 which reiterates Section 15.e of the
Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (RIRR) of the National Health Insurance Act
of 2013 on the Obligations of the Employers which states that “All government and private
employers are required to allow the inspection of its premises including its books and other
pertinent record.”