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About ₱120K given to KSA amnesty availees under OWWA’s CARE Program

June 15, 2017
About ₱120K given to KSA amnesty availees under OWWA’s CARE Program

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 already released approximately one-hundred and twenty thousand pesos (₱120,000.00) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who qualified for OWWA’S Cash Relief (CARE) Program.


As of June 13, 2017, a total of 24 OFWs in Western Visayas received financial assistance from the said program.


The CARE, a one-time financial grant worth five thousand pesos (₱5,000.00) given to undocumented OFWs and their dependents who applied for KSA’s 90-day amnesty program for overstaying expatriates and labor violators, is meant to shoulder the OFW-amnesty availees’ and their families’ incidental expenses upon their repatriation.


The first batch of CARE recipients availed of the aid after attending OWWA’s special orientation seminar, which was also participated by partner agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment, the LandBank of the Philippines, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs last June 1, 2017. 


Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA Region 6, said that the office is expecting more amnesty availees to inquire about the program in the next few weeks.


Mr. Rony Barcelona, a former mechanic and one of the first CARE recipients, expressed gratitude for the help the office is extending to them.


“My fellow OFWs and I were undocumented for so long in Saudi. This assistance we received from OWWA and the government makes us glad that our pleas are actually heard,” he said.


Interested availees can visit the OWWA Region 6 office at 3rd Floor of Robinsons Place Iloilo City. They can also contact the regional office through (033) 3374484 and (033) 5091075, or at the Bacolod City satellite office at (034) 4322873.

The processing of the CARE applicants immediately began after OWWA’s special orientation program for KSA amnesty availees. 


(From top to bottom): Ms. Rizza Joy Mapa-Moldes, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, Ms. Conie Binarao, Officer-In-Charge of Programs & Services Division, and Ms. Jean Jover, Family Welfare Officer, aided in the distributing of the financial assistance.