MANILA – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has extended its financial relief assistance to Filipino workers who opted for voluntarily repatriation from Libya from May 29 to July 19.
“The OWWA Board of Trustees decided to extend the grant of Financial Relief Assistance Package (FRAP) amounting to P10,000 to OFWs repatriated from Libya from May 29 to July 19, 2014 when Alert Level 3 was raised by the Department of Foreign Affairs in the war-torn country,” OWWA said in a press statement.
OWWA said the decision was made through Resolution No. 008 “Authorizing the Inclusion of Voluntary Repatriates from Libay (29 May to 19 July 2014) for Coverage of Resolution No. 007, Series of 2014”.
The resolution was signed by the 12 OWWA board members, including chairperson and Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
OWWA said its board heeded the clamor of OFWs who came home voluntarily and went through similar circumstances as experienced by those who left Libya when the mandatory repatriation under Alert Level 4 was already in effect in the said country.
Prior to this decision, only the OFWs from Libya who were given mandatorily repatriated from July 20 and onwards when Libya was in Alert Level 4 were entitled to the FRAP.
As of October 30, 2014, OWWA has already released P42.8 million for the 4,278 OFW repatriates.
(Source: ABS CBN News)