MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), has provided assistance to more than 200 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who arrived in Manila from Kuwait on Thursday.
The DOLE said the OFWs were given a range of assistance including accommodation at OWWA’s Half Way Home, and provisions for their travel back to their provinces.
The OFWS were also offered reintegration assistance such as livelihood projects or community-based income-generating projects, skills training, scholarship for their dependents, credit facilitation and lending, as well as social and family counseling, and stress debriefing.
Meanwhile, the DOLE issued guidelines for assistance such as hotel accommodations and transportation for distressed land-based and sea-based Filipino workers under the “OWWA Project Care.”
In Department Order (DO) No. 211 Series of 2020 dated March 25, the covered beneficiaries are OFW-repatriates during the period of implementation of the during the period of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) over the entire Luzon or until the lifting of the Social Distancing Measures in the entire Luzon.
The program intends to give priority assistance to distressed OFWs who require immediate repatriation to facilitate medical and psychological care.
To avail of the assistance, the OFW must present proof of overseas employment, i.e., Travel Document, OEC (overseas employment certificate), etc.
The funds for the accommodation of distressed and/or stranded OFWs shall be sourced from the Emergency Repatriation Fund (ERF). (ia/PNA)