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10K Monetary Assistance to Repatriated OFWs from Libya

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Repatriated OFWs from Libya are entitled to avail of a one-time financial assistance from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) starting this week.

Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP) provides PHP10, 000 financial relief as approved by OWWA Board of Trustees through Board resolution No. 7, Series of 2014 chaired by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

The said program is implemented nationwide and shall be released through OWWA Regional Offices.

In the case of OFWs coming from region IX, the Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain will personally award the financial assistance to the repatriated OFWs.

Eligible for the assistance are OFWs who lost employment and were repatriated to the Philippines due to the political conflict in Libya from the crisis situation was raised by the DFA to Level 4 on July 20, 2014.

To claim the financial relief, applicants are to present their passport, Libya Visa and their ticket from Libya to the Philippines.

In addition, DOLE Secretary Baldoz said that the one-time 10K Financial Relief Assistance is in line with the DOLE’s package of reintegration assistance under the Assist WELL Program of the government. Assist WELL stands for Welfare, Employment, Livelihood and Legal Assistance, participated by OWWA, POEA, NRCO and Bureau of Workers with Special concerns.  The Assist WELL is to address the issues and concerns of OFWs repatriated due to crises or emergency situations and to ensure that there will be a life after overseas employment.

“Under the circumstances, ang responsibilidad po ng gating gobyerno ay isaalang-alang ang kaligtasan ng ating mga OFW lalu na kung ang buhay nila ang nasa bingit ng kapahamakan. Ayaw po natin na may mangyari na masama sa kanila. Bukod dito, iniisip din po natin ang kanilang pamilya na naiwan nila dito”, Administrator Calsado said.

The Board Resolution also advised that displaced OFWs may avail training assistance on employment and investment opportunities designed to provide them with information on various alternative sources of income.

As of the morning of 10 August 2014, a total of 1299 OFWs were extended assistance by the OWWA Repatriation Team. The figure represents the actual returnees who were given airport and other assistance by the Agency upon arrival at the airport.

Repatriates who have no family members to meet at NAIA are offered a temporary shelter at the OWWA Halfway Home and transportation needs to their provinces will be shouldered. OWWA Counselling Team will also conduct stress debriefing to repatriated OFWs.

For more information on how to avail OWWA’s programs and services in this region, the public may visit their office at 3d Floor Goodwill Center, Mayor Jaldon St. Canelar, Zamboanga City or contact them at (062) 991-2785. -End-




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