OFW-repatriates from Libya to get P10K aid

Posted at 08/07/14 7:47 PM

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MANILA – Overseas Filipino workers who were repatriated due to the crisis in Libya will each get P10,000 in financial assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

"We know that our OFW repatriates from Libya have been displaced from their jobs and have been deprived of regular income because of their abrupt return. The OWWA Board of Trustees has approved the FRAP (Financial Relief Assistance Program) as one of the means to provide them immediate financial relief," said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

The OWWA Board has approved the FRAP through a resolution, Resolution No. 7 Series of 2014, or the "Guidelines on Authorizing the Grant of P10,000 Financial Relief Assistance to OFWs Covered by the Mandatory Repatriation.

"Our aim is to provide a relief measure to lessen the impact of the repatriation to our OFWs' current socio-economic condition," Baldoz said.

Baldoz explained that the P10,000 financial relief assistance is a one-time grant given to qualified displaced OFW, whether a member of the OWWA or not, to help them adjust to their communities.

"The grant is part of the government's repatriation assistance program which aims to cushion the impact of employment and income displacement affecting OFWs upon their repatriation to the country," Baldoz said.

Under the resolution, displaced OFWs who were repatriated starting 20 July 2014 onwards shall be granted the financial aid, following the announcement by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Alert Level 4 status in Libya which calls for mandatory repatriation.

The resolution provides that FRAP amounts released to non-OWWA members shall be reimbursed from the Department of Labor and Employment Emergency Repatriation Fund, subject to existing accounting rules and regulations.

Relative to this, Baldoz had instructed the OWWA to immediately put a system in place so the P10K financial relief assistance can be released to qualified repatriates through the OWWA regional offices starting next week.

The P10K financial relief assistance is part of the DOLE's package of comprehensive reintegration assistance and services under its Assist WELL Program that aims to address the welfare, employment, legal, and livelihood needs of OFWs repatriated due to crises or emergency situations and to ensure their successful reintegration in the mainstream of Philippine society.