DOLE-OWWA grants P470,000 cash assistance for Libya-repatriated OFWs in MIMAROPA
POSTED: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – A total of P470,000 in cash assistance was given and distributed to some 46 Libya-repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) now living with their respective families in MIMAROPA (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) or Region 4B.
In a report by Director Allan Ignacio, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-4B, to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz over the weekend, it was learned that the said grants are part of the Financial Relief Assistance Program (FRAP), a monetary grant for immediate relief to displaced OFWs while they are undergoing economic and social adjustments in their communities. It aims to cushion the impact of employment and income displacement affecting OFWs upon their repatriation.
For her part, Secretary Baldoz lauded OWWA in Region 4B for the said successful awarding of assistance package for repatriated OFWs from Libya.
FRAP covers repatriated OFWs from Libya. Alert Level 4 or mandatory repatriation was raised last July 2014 in Libya due to the worsening security crisis in the country.
In MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), FRAP already benefited 46 repatriated OFWs which covers the P470-K assistance. The island provinces of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan are the areas which have initially profited from the program.
In Oriental Mindoro, 13 OFWs were granted the monetary assistance, namely: Diomedes Gaytos, Reynaldo Bernardo and Jonathan Garbo, all of Calapan City; Gerald Suzon, Faustino Escala and Elmar Papasin of Naujan municipality; Joseph Antenor and Martin Matining of Victoria; Roylan Abel (Gloria); Amafe Cortez (Pinamalayan); Francisco Donghimro (Bongabong); Bell Ryan Villaluna (Mansalay); and Jose Alegoniro of Roxas.
In Occidental Mindoro, the two OFW-beneficiaries are: Karlon Sabao of Sta. Cruz town, and Dominador Acenas of Sablayan.
In Marinduque, there are 14 OFW-beneficiaries. They are: Kervi Insigne and Argem Almonte of Boac; Erwin Principe, Jeric Rejano, Enrique Paras, Kim Rellin, Amelito Rogelio, Joshua Puertollano, Floro Rolluqui, Marcelino Pastoral, Dionisio Basco, Randy Constantino and Lanie Par of Sta. Cruz; and Arnold Subaan of Torrijos.
In Romblon, there are eight OFW-beneficiaries, namely: Larry Fatalver, Ruel Fornal, Otelio Cangson, Jr. of the municipality of Odiongan; Fern Rabino and Nina Galang of Cajidiocan; Lawrence Mason of Concepcion; Shem Maestro (Calatrava); and Rodel Carlo Rodelas of San Fernando.
Laslty, in Palawan province, there are nine OFW-beneficiaries. They were identified as: Ian Lloyed Tadlas, Mark Carlo Chua, Wilfredo Wong Jr., Shymoun Clemence Dacles, Allan Noblejas, and Rafael Erasga of Puerto Princesa City; Rodulfo Mante, Jr., (Brookes Point); Ebonia Ponteras (San Vicente); and Rey Paredes of Roxas, Palawan.
“It is a positive proof that when we put our hearts in what we do, we make impact. OWWA in Region 4-B commits this kind of service by providing our returning OFWs the assistance that they deserve,” said Baldoz in a statement.
“The DOLE and OWWA will continue its assistance to returning OFWs whether they are distressed or desires to avail livelihood as a means of income here in the Philippines. These pledge is embodied in DOLE’s educational and training programs for OFWs, as well as reintegration programs for returning and repatriated OFWs, all of which are part of the Assist Well program, a convergence program by DOLE and its attached agencies, OWWA, Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration, (POEA) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO),” Baldoz further stated. (By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)