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.