OFW families to receive "Ompong" calamity assistance

Sep 21, 2018 ...

In a bid to alleviate situations of families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) affected by typhoon "Ompong," the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) together with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will begin processing the first batch of calamity assistance at the Provincial Capitol Cafeteria on September 25-28.

Governor Imee R. Marcos met with OWWA Region I Director Mr. Gerardo Rimorin yesterday, September 20, to discuss the calamity assistance program.

Calamity assistance is part of the Welfare Assistance Program of OWWA. It aims to help families with OFW members who were affected by the recent onslaught of typhoon "Ompong." First batch of grantees will come from the Municipalities of Pagudpud and Currimao, and the City of Batac, which were among the hardest-hit areas.

Mrs. Dolores S. Cortes, Provincial OFW Desk Officer said, "Talagang natutuwa tayo dahil hindi natin inaasahan na ganito kabilis ang pagdating ng tulong para sa ating mga kababayang OFW. Ginawang priority ng OWWA-Region I ang mga nasalanta mula sa lalawigan ng Cagayan at Ilocos Norte.

"Positibo rin ang pagtanggap ni Governor Marcos sa ginawang ito ng OWWA dahil tiniyak nila na lahat ng pamilyang may miyembrong OFW dito sa Ilocos Norte ay maaabutan ng tulong," she added.

Cash grants of P3,000 will be given to active OWWA members, while non-active members can receive P1,500.

Eligible claimants for calamity relief include relatives, such as the spouse or children of an unmarried OFW who is of legal age; the guardian of an OFW's minor child; parents of an unmarried OFW; and a sibling of an unmarried OFW. Proof of relationship to OFW, photocopy of identification cards, and an authorization letter are required to claim benefits.

"Ompong," which struck the province last September 14-15, caused more than 3 Billion Pesos worth of damages in agriculture and infrastructure.

by Edison Justin Deus

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