Overseas Filipinos Express Frustration Over Philhealth Mandatory 3% Contribution

Many overseas Filipino in the UAE and around the world became surprised and upset over the recent announcements of PhilHealth wherein the OFWs are required to pay a 3% of their monthly salaries for the mandatory contribution.

Filipinos expressed their frustrations over the new rule especially in these times of crisis and the lack of empathy given the struggles OFWs are facing just to survive.

philhealth mandatory contribution for ofws

Many OFWs overseas, like many Filipinos in the Philippines, have been forced to go for unpaid leaves, take salary deductions from their work or have been dismissed as businesses are also suffering, so this announcement is ill-timed in these times of crisis.

In Dubai OFW Facebook Page community, Filipinos left many comments of frustration with the announcement wondering what is the point of the added insurance when we already have health insurance via our employment in Dubai.

Below are just some of the statements expressed by OFWs about this mandatory Philhealth payment:

mandatory payment burden ofw philhealth mandatory payment 3 percent mandatory philhealth

Another issue is that in Dubai alone, health insurance is already mandatory for every employee or any dependent. So having another form of health insurance is already repetitive.

Also, for workers in the Philippines, the health insurance is partially covered by the companies where the workers are employed. However, for OFWs, Philhealth is will be paid by the OFWs themselves.

For domestic workers, there is a payment of around 454 Dirhams per year starting 2020 and it will increase until 2024. For Overseas Filipinos who earn more than 60,000 Php, they will pay even more.

The new premium contribution covers overseas Filipinos including:

  • Land- Based OFWs
  • Seafarers and other sea-based workers
  • Filipinos with dual citizenship
  • Filipinos living abroad
  • Overseas Filipinos in distress
  • Other overseas Filipinos not previously classified elsewhere

This announcement has left many Filipinos infuriated as what used to be an annual payment of 2,400 Php has become an “initial payment” in the new law to pay for 2020 which is considered as the transitional year.

We're on YouTube!
Please subscribe to the Dubai OFW YouTube Channel for updates and tips!

Get FREE Dubai Updates by entering your email address:

Don't forget to check your email to activate your subscription!


Jollibee Introduces Contactless Dine-in and Safety Measures across its UAE stores

We are all adapting to the new normal of social distancing when going out in public. We are glad that we get to dine...

7 Tips for Choosing the Best Movers When Relocating In and Out of the UAE

Are you planning to relocate anytime soon? Are you moving from one apartment to another, relocating to another emirate, or moving out of the...

UAE Resumes Issuing Entry Permits Except for Work Visas Starting September 24

Good news for those who want to visit the UAE soon! The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) on Thursday morning (September 24)...

Another Woman Fined AED 10,000 for Organizing House Party, Guests Fined AED 5,000

Another woman has been arrested after organizing a house party and violating the COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Dubai Police issued a Fine of AED...

Sharjah Police Arrest Gang of Phone Scammers

Sharjah Police authorities are warning members of the public about fake text messages that are circulating coming from bank representatives. These phone scams intend...