458 more OFWs back from Libya

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At least 458 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from war-torn Libya arrived in two batches at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on Thursday.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said t the OFWs were flown back home in two batches, with a group of 50 returnees from Tunisia arriving at 4 p.m. and another group of 408 displaced OFWs coming home at 9 p.m.

The OFWs were welcomed by the top government officials, OWWA said.

OWWA chief Rebecca Calzado said the OFWs were also briefed on the Assist Well [Welfare, Education, Livelihood and Legal] program of the government.


She added that Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has ordered her to ensure that the one-time P10, 000 financial relief assistance to each returning OFW will be released immediately.

“We make it a point that once the documents are complete, we are able to release the FRAP [Financial Relief Assistance Program] within the day of their registration,” Calzado said.

OWWA records show that as of August 18, there was a total of 2, 917 OFWs who were repatriated from Libya, including those returnees from June 11, 2014.

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  1. There’s an article on Yahoo, that Aquino’s Philippines economy boosts, cause maid drain from Hongkong and Singapore ,Filipinos are coming home Those maid in Hongkong earns 500 dollars a month = equivalent to 21,500 pesos which is very impossible for a college graduate or tech educated to earn in his native home, the Philippines. The Phl improvement were done by private investors such as condominiums and malls, but the schools are poorly built cannot be used as shelter when typhoon calamities comes. Many Filipinos working in Libya refused to come home, because they know they will not find job that will pay them commensurate to their skills and college educations.