Some 77 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from this city have received financial assistance from the national government, in line with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Marilou Sumalinog, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-Region 12 director, said on Saturday the beneficiaries comprise the documented overseas workers from the area as of June 24 who were affected by the health crisis.
These were OFWs who failed to return to work and whose contracts or placements were eventually terminated, she said.
Sumalinog said they received one-time grants of PHP10,000 under the Department of Labor and Employment-Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (DOLE-AKAP) assistance program.
“Some of the beneficiaries were OFWs who were stranded in Metro Manila and other areas, and catered by our sweeper flights,” she said in an interview.
The official said they continue to process applications and linking up the beneficiaries to other support programs of the agency.
These include the OWWA Livelihood Development Program for OFWs, Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program, and their welfare assistance program, she said.
Sumalinog said they continue to assist travel arrangements for returning OFWs, especially those in Metro Manila, under the government’s Hatid Tulong program.
As of Friday, she said a total of 1,751 OFWs have already returned home in parts of Region 12 (Soccsksargen) through air and sea travel.
She assured that all those catered by the program were subjected to proper health and safety protocols, including the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests for Covid-19 before being allowed to travel. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency