29 more Pinoys Arrive Home from Libya, to Receive Cash Assistance

Twenty-nine Filipino workers from strife-torn Libya arrived in the country in three batches over the weekend, as the government continued to encourage the remaining Filipinos there to come home.

An initial batch of eight repatriates arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via Emirates Airways flight EK 334 at 10:30 p.m. last Friday.

This was followed by 16 other Filipino workers who arrived at 3:10 p.m. Sunday on board Qatar Airlines flight QR 926, and five others who also arrived via Emirates Airways flight EK 334 at 10:30 p.m., also on Sunday.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Rebecca Calzado said the repatriates will be provided with a one-time P10,000.00 cash assistance under OWWA’s Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP).

To avail of this, the repatriates need to apply at the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices in their area, Calzado said.

Those who want to apply must bring the following requirements:

– passport indicating the date of entry to Libya, date of exit from Libya, and date of arrival in the Philippines;
– any government-issued ID indicating the residence of the OFW, or barangay certificate to establish the residence of the returning OFW.

“The financial assistance will be immediately released to the claimant OFWs from Libya  as soon as they submit the complete documents,” Calzado said.

As of March 15, 2015, OWWA recorded a total of 4,790 repatriates from Libya, including returnees, who availed of the government’s mandatory repatriation program since May 29, 2014.

The workers were provided with temporary
shelter as well as transport provision to those living in the provinces, stress debriefing/counseling, among others.

Alert level 4 was raised in Libya last on July 20, 2014, when a full-blown conflict between the government and rebel forces erupted there.

(Source: KBK, GMA News)

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