The Department of Labor and Employment, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have provided repatriation, reintegration and other assistance to almost 1.2 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) this 2017.
Silvestre H. Bello III, DOLE secretary said 1,170,514 OFWs received welfare and protection programs, including reintegration and repatriation services from OWWA and other DOLE regional offices and attached agencies.
The intensified reintegration programs of DOLE have benefitted 54,470 OFW returnees and their families From July 2017 to October 2017, where 28,256 of those underwent skills training, while 26,214 were granted with livelihood assistance.
36,438 OFWs have also been repatriated by OWWA on the same period, wherein 19,268 OFWs from the Middle East were provided with on-site assistance and P20,000 financial aid. Truly a remarkable feat.
Additional cash grants of P6,000 were also given to 9,512 repatriated OFWs, and food and hygiene kits were given to 13,245 OFWs.
14,165 OFWs were also provided post-repatriation services by OWWA; wherein 4,343 of them have received welfare services that includes medical, psychosocial counseling, stress debriefing, transport, and accommodation. 1,630 have also been listed for employment facilitation or training services, and 2,625 were provided with livelihood assistance.
OWWA also recorded a total of 15,839 Filipino migrant workers who availed of “amnesty,” following the conclusion of the 90-day amnesty program of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for undocumented and stranded foreign nationals. 10,011 of them were repatriated to the Philippines.
Under OWWA’s “Operation Bring-Them-Home” for OFWs in the Middle East, the DOLE released a total of P514,412,350.21 million to provide various assistance such as medical and psycho-social services, food and hygiene kits, legal counseling and stress debriefing, and training assistance to affected OFWs.
Moreover, 4,829 OFWs received legal assistance from DOLE while 354 OFWs were given reintegration assistance in the form of small and medium enterprise establishment in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
384 OFWs were granted educational assistance through CHED, DepEd, and DBM.