The first batch of OFWs repatriated from Iraq arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 on Jan. 15, 2020. (Photo courtesy of DFA)
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 20 (PIA)--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide repatriated and qualified overseas Filipino workers from the Middle East with livelihood and cash assistance.
Thirteen overseas Filipino workers repatriated from Iraq arrived last week accompanied by Qatar Labor Attache David Des Dicang.
They were welcomed by OWWA OIC Administrator Josefino Torres and Labor Undersecretary Claro Arellano at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
Aside from the provision of airport and transportation assistance upon the arrival, the repatriates were also briefed on the programs and services of OWWA.
A total of 1,640 OFWs, documented and undocumented, are currently in Iraq. From these figures, 847 are in Baghdad, 655 in Erbil, and 148 in Sulaymaniyah, according to Dicang.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that aside from livelihood assistance, the repatriated OFWs are expected to receive a cash assistance of P20,000 for active OWWA members, and P10,000 for non-active members.
To ensure a smooth repatriation process, the Philippine government has assisted the OFWs in securing exit visas from their employers and other necessary documents while they were in the Middle East.
The government's decision to bring home Filipino workers in the Middle East is in relation to the enforced mandatory repatriation in the countries which are affected by the US-Iran conflict. (DOLE/PIA-NCR)