P33 million released to repatriated PH workers

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A total of P32.880 million  was released by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to assist 3, 288 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in war-torn Libya, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Thursday.

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Citing OWWA’s Financial Relief Assistance Program, Baldoz added that the OFWs have also been assisted by the DOLE through its Assist WELL [Welfare, Employment, Legal, and Livelihood] services.

From the total number of OFWs served,  2, 276 or 66 percent of them requested assistance in finding overseas jobs; 401 or 63 percent, transportation in going to their provinces; 1,779 or 51 percent, livelihood assistance; and 1,276  or 37 percent, local employment.

Baldoz said majority of the OFWs assisted under the Assist WELL Program or 2510 are active OWWA members, while  830 are not and 133 have no record.

Assist WELL is a package of comprehensive reintegration assistance and services to  ensure that returning OFWs who voluntarily sign up for repatriation, or those who are compelled to go home under mandatory repatriation due to crises or emergency situations, are successfully reintegrated into the mainstream of Philippine society, DOLE said.

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