MANILA –The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration identified a total 15,494 members needing immediate assistance after being affected by the massive earthquake last week.
This comes after the Department of Labor and Employment ordered OWWA to quickly locate and extend help to its members in quake-stricken municipalities in Bohol and Cebu.
"The regional welfare offices of the OWWA in Bohol and Cebu have already identified 3,426 active and 12,078 inactive OWWA members in 28 Bohol towns classified by the Regional Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Management Council (RDRRMC) as badly-hit municipalities, so the OWWA is under instruction to already farm-out rehabilitation and relief assistance to these OWWA members," said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
The OWWA members are in the following municipalities:
San isidro, 95;
Tagbilaran City, 4,512;
Sierra Bullones, 476;
Baldoz said OWWA needs to "prioritize stabilizing the lives of these OFWs in coordination with local government units and regional disaster and relief management officials".
"Initially, the OWWA can do a welfare mission to bring food, water, medicines, and other basic necessities. It should also provide counseling services," Baldoz said.