Thursday, April 12, 2018

OWWA extends relief assistance to repatriated Kuwait OFWs

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is calling on all repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait to report to the nearest OWWA for assistance.

In Ilocos Norte, Nona Ganal, of the OWWA Regional Office said on February 28, 2018 that OFWs who were not able to receive any financial or livelihood assistance from the OWWA central office may avail of the said benefits.

For every repatriated OFW, the OWWA is giving out at least PHP25,000 livelihood assistance and PHP5,000 financial assistance.

Over the weekend, the OWWA and labor officials went to Kuwait City to check on the welfare of OFWs and to assess the impact of a new ban on Filipinos working there.

This came following the murder of a 29-year-old Joana Demafelis by her employers and President Rodrigo Duterte immediately announced a departure ban for Filipinos planning to work in Kuwait.

The ban remains in effect until the government can ensure the safety of OFWs. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

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