Of the 3,202 beneficiaries of the cash relief assistance to families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) hard-hit by typhoon Lawin, over a thousand more applicants will get a chance to process their claim early this year.
Justin Paul Marbella, Labor Communications Officer of OWWA Region 1, said in a press conference on Thursday that the agency is back in Ilocos Norte to deliver cash claims to more than 1,440 remaining applicants whose documents were not yet evaluated during the yearend.
The financial grant is in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instructions to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll to extend assistance to OFWs and their families who were badly affected by typhoon Lawin mostly in Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Northern Abra and Ilocos Norte.
In Ilocos Norte, a total of Php 7,783,500 was already distributed to both active and non-active members of OWWA.
The agency has allocated Php 30 million for the Cash Relief Assistance program of OWWA but due to a huge number of claimants, OWWA decided to add more.
To streamline the processing of claims, the OWWA Region 1 decided to reach out to the beneficiaries closer to their homes.
On Friday, a team from OWWA will be visiting Adams town to distribute monetary assistance to some 100 OFWs and their families in the area. Another schedule has been set in nearby Pagudpud town and in Laoag City to accommodate more applicants.
To fast track the distribution of monetary assistance, the OWWA Region 1 coordinated with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office and local government units here to assist them in the processing and validation of claims which will end until February 2, 2017.
To avail of the program, the applicant shall submit a duly accomplished claim form from OWWA, a Barangay certification, Identification Card and proof of relationship to the OFW.
Families of active OWWA member is entitled to Php 3,000 and Php 2,000 to non-active member. (PNA) LAP/LGA