OWWA releases Php 100 million in relief assistance to displaced OFWs

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As directed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has earmarked 100 million pesos to provide relief to OFWs displaced from work due to political conflict and natural calamities occurring in host countries in the form of relief assistance.

An amount of 10,000 pesos will be made available to each OFW coming from these countries. At the onset, priority for relief assistance shall be given to OFWs coming from conflict stricken Libya. This is to complement the package of assistance that the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) is preparing for them. This NRCO package of assistance includes psycho-social counseling, skills training and upgrading, referral and placement for local and overseas employment, entrepreneurial and management training and business loan being coordinated with state financial institutions like Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines.

The one-time grant to qualified displaced OFWs aims to help them and their families tide over and provide immediate relief upon their arrival in the country.

The requirements for this assistance are proof of travel from the conflict-stricken countries and the name of the OFW listed as one of the repatriates maintained by the DFA, DOLE and / or OWWA. The relief assistance may be availed in the OWWA regional offices upon presentation of any of the following:

1. Passport
2. Travel document; and
3. Two identification cards with pictures

Authority : Carmelita S. Dimzon, Administrator OWWA
Thru : Rey D. Tayag, OIC, ASMD, OWWA
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
(632) 891-7601 loc. 5414, 5603 or (632) 891-7741
email address: [email protected]/ [email protected]
website: www.owwa.gov.ph
Date : Thursday, March 3, 2011

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