308 repatriated OFWs get OWWA assistance

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BAGUIO CITY: The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) continues to provide assistance to overseas Filipino workers who are displaced because of political crisis in their workplace. Just this month, 20 displaced Cordillera OFWs from Libya and Yemen each received P10,000 financial assistance from OWWA Cordillera Regional Office, bringing to 308 the total displaced OFWs that already received such assistance. OWWA-CAR Officer-in-Charge and Regional Director Evelyn Laranang has disclosed that the assistance to OFWs is part of the office’s Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP) that is open to repatriated OFWs from Libya and Yemen–two countries that currently have mandatory repatriation order after the Department of Foreign Affairs declared Crisis Alert Level 4 in July and February, respectively. “This is a nationwide program wherein the P10,000 assistance aims to help lessen the impact of unemployment and income displacement while they are undergoing economic and social adjustments in their respective communities,” Laranang explained. “We are still accepting applications for the FRAP from OFWs coming from Libya and Yemen within six months after they arrived in the Philippines until the DFA has not yet lowered the Crisis Alert Level 4 tags on the two [foreign]countries”, she said.

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