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154 OFWs return

  • Written by Willy M. Balasa
  • Published in Nation
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A BIG group of  distressed overseas Filipino workers arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Tuesday, about 1:30 in the afternoon on a Saudia Airlines flight.

OWWA Officer-in-Charge Carmelina F. Velasquez, along with other government officials, welcomed the 154 OFWs. The government officials oriented the distressed OFWs on the programs and services available to them.

As of  October 21, OWWA has  extended Relief Assistance Program (RAP) to 18,255  stranded   OFWs disbursing a total of P400,804,031.06.

These OFWs  include those who are still at worksites in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and those who had been  repatriated. In relation to this, RAP was also provided to 10,846 families with a total sum of P68,516,000.00. Total cost for the financial aid from the last week of July 2016 up to 21 October  2016 was placed at  a total of P469,320,031.06.

The OWWA Augmentation Team sent to KSA assisted in the processing of RAP applications, and  distributed food and  hygiene kits to 13,245 OFWs which amounted to P2,310,295,82. Meanwhile, an  Augmentation Team composed of OWWA personnel will be sent to Saudi Arabia today as the previous team  has already reported back.