By Yas Ocampo
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has allocated P2.7 million for the families of OWWA members affected by the clashes in Marawi City.
The agency said in a statement, active OWWA members will receive P3,000 each, while non-active OWWA members will receive assistance of P1,500 each.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III directed OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac to assess the situation and help displaced OWWA members immediately.
Most of the evacuees have merely bare necessities as they have left their homes with what they could carry.
Cacdac has dispatched teams from the agency’s Regional Welfare Office (RWO) 10 in Cagayan de Oro City to coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) and ascertain the number of OWWA members needing assistance.
“Our RWO 10 database registered a total of 1,418 OWWA members, both active and inactive” Cacdac said.
“We were told that from the time the fighting among the government troops and the maute group begun, chaotic situation engulfed the area and residents left their homes sans their belongings and valuables,” the OWWA chief said.
The financial aid for displaced OFWs, the OWWA head added, is pursuant to OWWA Board Resolution No 07, Series of 2017, under OWWA’s Welfare Assistance Program (WAP).
Claimants/availees of the WAP may get in touch with RWO 10 for documentary requirements through the following contact numbers (88)857 8511 and 0917 548 0033, the agency said.
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