MANILA – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said that 26 displaced Filipino workers from strife-torn Libya arrived in Manila last Tuesday.
The group arrived Tuesday afternoon aboard Qatar Airways flight QR926 at the Terminal 1 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The repatriates availed of the Philippine government’s Mandatory Repatriation Program through the Philippine Embassy in Libya. They were also provided one-time P10,000 cash Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP).
“We have been instructed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the OWWA Board of Trustees, to release the cash benefit to the eligible beneficiaries as soon as possible. Thus, we make it a point that once the documents are complete, we are able to release the FRAP,” OWWA Officer-in-Charge Josefino Torres said.
As of this month, a total of 4,604 Filipinos have been repatriated from Libya since May 2014.
OFWs from Libya who returned home and availed the Mandatory Repatriation Program of the Philippine embassy, through the embassy in Libya, may apply for FRAP at any OWWA Regional Welfare Offices where they reside.
Requirements include passport indicating the following; date of entry to Libya, and date of exit from Libya; date of arrival in the Philippines, and any government issued ID indicating the residency of the OFW, or barangay certificate to establish the residency of the returning OFW.
Alert level 4 was raised last 20 July 2014, when a full-blown conflict between the government and rebel forces erupted at the said region.