PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 15, 2012
OWWA-Caraga reports OFWs' problemsby Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) -- An official of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Caraga Region said the most common problem of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region is the non-remittance of salary to their family.
According to Ms. Annette Lovete, OWWA-Caraga has already entertained number of cases of those OFWs who are not remitting or even abandoned their family here.
She also said some of the family members who came to their office claimed that they were not able to contact and worst is they don’t know the whereabouts of their loved ones abroad.
However, Lovete said whereabouts of these OFWs can still be traced because of the membership data system implemented by OWWA.
With this, the official said family members must coordinate with OWWA for assistance on this matter. She added they must bring pertinent documents signifying the authenticity of the employment of the OFWs, as well as proofs that they are really relatives of the OFWs.
Lovete also reported cases involving OFWs who are suffering from illness abroad where the family asked assistance from OWWA for the immediate medical treatment or even immediate repatriation here in the country.
Same with OFWs who died abroad, OWWA finds way to repatriate the dead body by all means, Lovete said.
It can be recalled that OWWA-Caraga has extended assistance to a female OFW from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur who died on August 15, 2011 in Kuwait, by repatriating her body until it was brought to her hometown for burial. Allegedly, she jumped on the sixth floor of the building where she was working as a receptionist.
With this development, the official urged families of OFWs in the region to contact the OWWA-Caraga should they experience problems.
The move of OWWA-Caraga signifies good governance and supports the Human Development program as highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino Administration. (PIA-Caraga)