The government is offering a one-time cash relief assistance to OFWs and their families who were affected by supertyphoon Lawin, which left many areas in northern Luzon devastated last week.
Covered by the Cash Relief Assistance Program being offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are OFW members and their families who reside in areas put under Storm Signal No. 5 during Lawin's onslaught.
These include cities and municipalities in Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Northern Abra and Ilocos Norte.
OWWA said it will begin releasing the financial assistance "at the soonest possible time."
"The financial grant is in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instructions to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll to immediately extend assistance to OFWs and their families who experienced the wrath of typhoon Lawin," OWWA said in a statement Wednesday.
The agency has allocated P30 million for the program. Under it, a cash assistance of P3,000 per OFW-family shall be extended to active OWWA members, while non-active members are eligible to receive P2,000.
"In the event that there is more than one OFW in a family, only one OFW member is entitled to receive the monetary assistance," OWWA said.
The OWWA said claimants may apply through OWWA Regional Welfare Offices. They are required to submit the following:
Duly accomplilshed Claim Form with Undertaking that no other OFW-family has availed of the grant;
Certification that the claimant OFW/family member is a resident of the barangay and has suffered loss/damage to property and/or personal injury due to Super Typhoon Lawin from the authorized official of the Local Government Unit (LGU) (Office of the Mayor, Barangay Captain, City or Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or Local Social Welfare and Development Office );
Identification Card or any document that will establish the identity of the claimant, and
Proof of relationship, if applicant is dependent of OFW-member.
OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac has instructed all OWWA implementing units in the affected regions to facilitate the release of the OFWs’ and their families’ CARE based on the guidelines prepared for this purpose.
"We wish to assure the OFW/family claimants that once they are able to submit complete documentary requirements, OWWA will immediately release their money even in one day," Cacdac said.
"This way, they can use the money to fix their houses or in a way help them," he added. —KBK, GMA News