You are here

Home

OWWA RELEASES RAP TO AFFECTED OFWs, FAMILIES, IN KSA

August 14, 2016
OWWA RELEASES RAP TO AFFECTED OFWs, FAMILIES, IN KSA

As of 11 August 2016, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) assisted a total of 7,155 OFWs and their families under its Relief Assistance Program (RAP) affected by financial difficulties in 9 big firms in Saudi Arabia. The figures include OFWs still at jobsites; the stranded OFWs’ families in the Philippines; and OFWs already repatriated. The 9 big companies employ Filipino welders, electricians, fabricators, masons, among others. 

 

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado explained that 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 jobsites shall also be granted P6,000.00 monetary assistance.

 

Philippine Overseas Labor Offices  (POLO) distributed a total of  cash assistance to 1,764    OFW-claimants in Riyadh; 1,205  in Jeddah; and 379 in Al Khobar  for  a total of  Saudi Riyal SR5,323,320.00 or its peso equivalent of P66,948,733.98.  Under the RAP, each qualified OFW is eligible to receive SR 1,590 or its peso equivalent of P20,000.00.

 

Thus, the   OWWA  Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs) released RAP to 510 repatriated OFWs  at P20,000.00 per worker which totaled to  P10,2000,000.00;  and served   3,297 claimants/ families of OFWs still at jobsite for P6,000.00 per family  amounting to P19,782,000.00.  Total cash assistance for all RAP beneficiaries has reached P96,930,733.98  to date.

 

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll last week   dispatched an augmentation team from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to assist the current POLO personnel respond to the needs of the affected workers. 

 

The DOLE Secretary instructed the Composite Team to assist POLO in the repatriation processes such as the issuance of exit visas from the employer, issuance of tickets to returning workers, provision of food and hygienic kits, among others.   

 

Early on July 21-23, the DOLE Composite Team headed by Secretary Bello visited Riyadh to ascertain the OFWs’ living condition and to address OFWs’ issues and concerns. The dialogue was attended by about 800 workers.