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OWWA Assisted 99 Stranded OFWs from KSA

August 14, 2016
OWWA Assisted 99 Stranded OFWs from KSA

OWWA extended  assistance to  a total of 99  OFWs  employed by Saudi Oger Ltd., Saudi Bin Laden Group of Companies,  and others from among  the  nine companies  which suffered financial setback in Saudi Arabia, resulting to  OFWs’  displacement from their jobs.  The statistics was from July 26, 2016 to August 12, 2016. The Filipino migrant workers arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),   via different flight carriers.  OWWA Repatriation Team extended necessary assistance at the airport to the distressed OFWs, The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) arranged for the repatriation of the Filipino migrant workers including exit visas from their respective employers and return tickets. OWWA shouldered the tickets of the distressed OFWs.  They are entitled to avail of the financial assistance under the Relief Assistance Program (RAP). 


OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said that as long as qualified recipients of the monetary assistance are able to submit complete documentary requirements, they are assured of receiving the corresponding amount on the same day that they applied at any OWWA Regional Welfare Office (RWO) nearest their place of residence.


This is in consonance with the marching order of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello lll for the government agencies to expedite the processing of the monetary assistance. 


Since the agency started to accept qualified repatriated OFW applicants and families of OFWs still at jobsites   to its monetary assistance late last week, the OWWA National Capital Region (NCR) receives an average of 100 claimants a day. The Philippine Overseas Labor Offices in Riyadh and Jeddah are likewise distributing cash assistance, food and hygienic kits to OFWs in the 9 big companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.