Gov't assistance greets OFWs who arrived home with Duterte
Government assistance greeted the over 100 OFWs from Saudi Arabia who arrived home with President Rodrigo Duterte early Monday morning.
The OFWs — 63 women, 55 men and 20 children — were given P5,000 from the Office of the President and another P5,000 from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
For its part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sent social workers to greet the OFWs and offer assistance especially to mothers, children and the solo parents.
"We have already done the profiling of the OFWs who arrived with the President today," said DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. "We're now in the process of referring them to concerned DSWD Field Offices in the different regions so they can be provided with the appropriate services and interventions."
The OFWs were repatriated following the amnesty granted by the Saudi Arabia government to overstaying and illegal foreigners there. They arrived on the wee hours of Monday with Duterte, who came home from a weeklong Middle East trip that saw him in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.
Taguiwalo said the DSWD is improving its programs to assist the government in its ongoing repatriation program for distressed OFWs.
"Through the compassionate service of the DSWD, we hope to provide our newly-returned kababayans with timely assistance and to help them start their new lives in the Philippines," she said.
Taguiwalo said she will organize all the case reports gathered by the DSWD social workers who welcomed the OFWs on Monday and put together a plan of action to assist the OFWs as soon as they return to their respective provinces. —KBK, GMA News