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OWWA Begins Releasing Financial Assistance to Affected OFWs in KSA and Their Families

August 7, 2016
OWWA Begins Releasing Financial Assistance to Affected OFWs in KSA and Their Families

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has begun releasing  the financial assistance to affected OFWs in Saudi Arabia and their families here under the  Relief Assistance Program (RAP) approved by its Board of Trustees. Labor Secretary Silvestre  H. Bello lll chairs the OWWA Board of Trustees.   

 

Under the RAP,  a cash assistance of P20,000.00 shall be extended to  affected OFWs who are either staying in camps or live-out in KSA,  or have been repatriated to the Philippines,  but have not received their salaries or end-of-service benefits.  Families of affected OFWs who are still at jobsite shall likewise be granted P6,000.00 financial assistance. Qualified to avail of the RAP are affected OFWs employed by  9 companies in KSA namely; Mohammed al-Mojil Group (MMG);Saudi Bin Laden Group of Companies (SBG); Saudi Oger Ltd. (SOL); Mohammad Hameed Al-Bargash & Bros. Trading & Construction; Aluminum Company (ALUMCO L.L.C.); Rajeh H. Al Merri Contracting Company; Arabtec Construction L.L.C.; Real Estate Development and Investment Company.  

 

The Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO-OWWA) in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar  shall distribute the financial assistance to qualified OFWs still at jobsite. On the other hand, qualified workers already repatriated back to the Philippines as well as the families  of those still at jobsite may claim their respective financial assistance through the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices nearest their residence here.

 

OWWA Administrator  Rebecca J. Calzado  has instructed all OWWA implementing units,  including  those in the 17 Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs),   to  facilitate the release of the   OFWs’ and their families’ RAP based on the guidelines that have been prepared  for this purpose. Documentary requirements for claimants may be viewed at the OWWA website www.owwa.gov.ph. For queries, please contact OWWA hotlines (+632) 551-1560 / (+632) 551-6641; text (0917) 898-6992; or email: owwa_opcenter247@yahoo.com