OWWA gives typhoon assistance
by Larry Lopez
Tabuk, Kalinga (20 November) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is releasing cash assistance to victims of super typhoon Juan who are dependents of active Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Lourdes Canseco of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial office said applicants are required to secure certification of damage from their barangay or municipal social welfare officer and submit this to OWWA. Beneficiaries should indicate the type of damages they incurred in the certification of damage.
Canseco emphasized that only dependents of active OFWs are qualified to apply. Active OFWs are those who are presently employed overseas and have renewed their registration with the Philippine Embassy.
OWWA usually grants assistance to active OFWs as part of its measure requiring OFWs to renew their registration. Canseco claimed many OFWs ignore to renew their registration with the Philippine Embassy, the moment they find comfortable work conditions in host countries.
The assistance given by OWWA, Canseco clarified is in the form of grant. Beneficiaries are not obliged to pay back although there is no definite amount yet allocated per beneficiary.
OWWA is extending the assistance to affected families in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 2 and some parts of region 1, which were badly hit by typhoon juan.
Canseco urged applicants to file immediately their documents since the assistance is offered on a first come -first serve basis.
The amount can be used for repairs of damaged houses and other properties, including rehabilitation of affected livelihood projects.
President Benigno S. Aquino III has earlier ordered government to maximize the release of rehabilitation assistance to families affected by the super typhoon. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]