Thursday, February 12, 2015

OWWA extends full grant to Bicolano OFWs repatriated from Libya
By Mike de la Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 09 (PNA) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extended Php10,000.00 each to 230 repatriated Bicolano Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Libya.

OWWA Regional Rirector Jocelyn Habal told local media during the Regional Coordinating Council meeting headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that the last group of Bicolano OFWs from Libya arrived in Bicol last Jan. 30, this year.

“The first batch arrived in July last year and all of the members of the group were given the same amount as full grant of the OWWA," Habal said.

The financial assistance is part of the Assist Welfare, Employment, Livelihood and Legal Assistance (WELL) Program implemented by DOLE to help cushion the effects of displacement to the OFWs and their families.

In 2014 alone, Habal said, there were 75,000 Bicolanos migrated overseas for work.

“We also encouraged all OFW members to know their benefits and other services or programs being provided through OWWA,” Habal said.

Aside from providing full livelihood grant to displaced OFWs, scholarship for dependents is also offered, consisting of a maximum of Php60,000 per school year, leading to a four to five year baccalaureate course in any college or university, this is under the Education for Development Scholarship Program or EDSP.

On OFW Dependents Scholarship Program, the maximum assistance per year is Php20,000 while ELAP or Education and Livelihood Assistance Program and educational assistance for survivors of a deceased OFW consisting of Php5,000 for elementary, Php8,000 for high school and Php10,000 for college per school year and livelihood assistance amounting to Php15,000 to the surviving spouse.

Habal also encouraged Bicolano seafarers to apply in the training program for upgrading courses.

The first availment consists of Php7,500 training assistance and they can still seek for another assistance every after three recorded membership. (PNA) CTB/FGS/MDR/cbd/