MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) continues to extend financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the closure of its runway after a Xiamen Air flight skidded off resulting into a three-day chaos at the airport.
The DFA first announced its plan to dole out P5,000 to affected OFWS who were unable to depart because of the incident on August 21; two days after the runway was cleared.
DFA said it will start giving the amount through its Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (OMWA) starting August 22 until August 31.
“The DFA, together with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration are working together to address the concerns of our overseas workers who have been stranded at the NAIA in the past few days,” said DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a statement.
“We are releasing a reasonable amount from our Assistance to Nationals Fund as we understand that a number of our kababayan remain stranded and do not have funds to meet their daily needs,” Cayetano added.
As per the latest update from DFA on Tuesday, August 28, a total of 1,030 OFWs have already received the assistance and OMWA have disbursed P5.25-M for the program.
The DFA reminded the affected OFWs who are still in the country that they can claim the P5,000 cash assistance at the OMWA office in the DFA Building in Pasay City only until August 31.
Meanwhile, those who have already left have until September 30 to claim the amount at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate General in their host country.