28 Negrense OFWs get assistance

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TWENTY-eight Negrenses, including six from Bacolod City, are availing of assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) after they went home from their jobs in war-torn countries.

Under the Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP), the Owwa provides aid for overseas workers who are forced to return home.

A total of 766 Filipinos were repatriated from Libya last weekend after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ordered a "mandatory evacuation" of all Filipinos in the country due to the escalating violence between rival militia groups in the African country.


Out of 11 OFWs from Bacolod City working in Libya so far, only six have arrived in the Philippines from May to August 2014.

The mayor said Bacolodnon OFWs and their families can coordinate with the City Mayor’s Office to fast track their repatriation.

Bacolodnons Conrad Pelago, Leocadio Laurilla, Anna May Bajilidad and Evaleen Alova have received financial assistance worth P10,000 each as of August 18.

Dennis Cataluna and January Win Love Koch received their non-cash benefits shortly after their arrival last June July 3 and May 9, respectively.

Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom of the Department of Labor and Employment-6 also encouraged returning OFWs from Libya to immediately report to their office or to the Owwa to claim the financial assistance of P10,000.

Ligutom said that upon arrival at the airport, some of the OFWs have already availed the financial assistance but those who haven’t may go to the Owwa and Dole office to claim the cash aid.

A total of 52 OFWs from Libya who are from Western Visayas have already availed of financial assistance out of the total 119 OFWs from Region 6 who returned to the country.

Ligutom said they also extend livelihood and legal assistance to OFWs and they are given preference for jobs in local establishments especially during job fairs.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 19, 2014.

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