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OWWA to cite heroism of partners in Lebanon crisis

by Roberto M. Cabardo

Cebu City (29 October) -- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will award certificates of appreciation to all of its partner organizations that have helped in assisting the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by the war between Lebanon and Israel.

The awarding will happen during the appreciation dinner to be hosted by welfare officials led by Deputy Administrator Angelo A. Jimenez and OWWA 7 Regional Director Wifreda Misterio.

To recall, when war broke out in Lebanon early this year, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered OWWA officials along with other government agencies to help the returning OFWs displaced by the conflict, some of companies responded by providing free transportation and phone calls overseas.

To be awarded for providing free calls are SMART Communications Inc., PLDT Cebu Business Inc., and InTouch, while Norkis Group of Companies will be awarded for providing free transportation to all the returning overseas workers.

Also scheduled to be done is the releasing of loans in the form of Livelihood Checks to 4 OFW-Evacuees from Lebanon and Groceria Loan Check to the Calawisan OFW Organization (COFWO) an organization of overseas workers in Lapu-Lapu City, as well as the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between OWWA and the Municipality of Sogod, a northern town in Cebu represented by Mayor Thaddeus Durano.

The agreement will formalize the linkage of OWWA and the local government of Sogod in establishing the OFW Desk in the municipal hall of the town.

Considering the 60 km. distance separating the city from Sogod, OWWA 7 Regional Director Misterio believes the desk will surely help a lot of prospective overseas job applicants from the northern part of the island especially those that need to cut travel time and monetary cost just to process their requirements in Cebu City. (PIA Cebu) [top]

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