OWWA aids OFWs disaster-stricken families in Region 11

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 19 Dec 2012 View Original

By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY, Dec 19 (PIA) -- Part of the total 7,500 families overseas workers hailing from the disaster stricken areas in the region each received P5,000 assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in a simple ceremony at its regional welfare office Tuesday.

Carmelita Dimzon, administrator of the OWWA said, the P60 million financial relief assistance to the families of overseas foreign workers affected by typhoon Pablo in Davao Region is a simple government gesture to show concern in time of calamity.

She said many families of OFWs lost their homes and life’s amenities during the calamity.

“The OWWA gives this assistance to help families of overseas workers cope with the impact of the typhoon since they have to buy food and basic construction materials so that they can wade through the difficulties as they start their lives anew,” Dimzon said.

She said that based on their record, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental have 6,000 and 1,500 foreign workers, respectively.

Dimzon said the OWWA intends to distribute the financial relief assistance per municipality so that affected families no longer have to go to the regional office in Davao City to get their financial help.

She also said that other provinces which also experienced the destruction of typhoon Pablo will also receive the same assistance based on the inventory of the regional offices in their respective areas.

Dimzon said the OWWA will also help affected families apply soft loans for them to start a new livelihood opportunity.

“We just have to ensure the feasibility of their loan application to ensure that they will truly go into business,” she said. (RGA/JSD/PIA XI)