The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide P10, 000 in financial assistance to qualified overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were repatriated by the government from war-stricken areas in Libya.
The financial assistance will be released starting next week to the qualified repatriates through regional offices of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, also chairman of the OWWA Board of Trustees, on Thursday said they have activated the department’s Financial Relief Assistance Program to help the repatriated OFWs.
“We know that our OFW repatriates from Libya have been displaced from their jobs and have been deprived of regular income because of their abrupt return,” Baldoz noted.
According to the Labor chief, the financial assistance is only a one-time grant to each qualified repatriate, OWWA member or not.
Under a resolution, Baldoz said, the displaced OFWs who were repatriated starting July 20, 2014 onward shall be given P10,000 each.
The repatriation was mandatory, with the Department of Foreign Affairs having earlier raised Alert Level 4 status in Libya.
Meanwhile, Baldoz said the government has chartered a ship that will be used to transport the remaining OFWs in Libya to Malta.
She added that the contract for the ship’s charter was initially signed in Malta on Wednesday by a Philippine representative and Alex Polidano of Ocean Marine Services Ltd.
Baldoz said Welof Lamban and Labor Attaché Ramon Tionloc are already in Malta and are providing the necessary support to the Philippine Rapid Response Team that will help in repatriating the OFWs in Libya.