OWWA To Provide P100M Financial Assistance to OFWs, Families Affected By Ompong
About P100 million worth of funds under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Welfare Assistance Program for both overseas Filipino workers and their families affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).
According to Business Mirror, OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said they are currently in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to identify the areas affected by the typhoon the most. Once the areas have been identified, OFW families will receive financial assistance from the government.
The fund will also cover OFWs who were stranded due to the storm.
WAP was established in 2016 to support families of OFWs in times of natural disasters and other emergencies. OWWA noted that since its implementation, WAP has catered to 250,000 OFW families in the country.
The Department of Foreign Affairs extended financial assistance worth P5,000 to OFWs stranded at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport due to typhoon Ompong.
Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the assistance was extended to OFWs as per the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The President has directed the DFA to prioritize the concerns of our overseas workers and in line with this, we are extending cash assistance of P5,000 to those who would be stranded in our airports or seaports while on their way to or from destinations abroad,” Cayetano said.
The financial assistance is similar to the cash given to OFWs who were affected by the runway closure at NAIA last month.
DFA said more than P5.5 million in cash assistance were given to 1,104 overseas workers who were stranded in Manila following the runway accident involving a Xiamen Air 737 at the airport.