by Samuel Medenilla
Overseas Filipino workers (OFW), who were affected by the ongoing skirmish between the government forces and the Maute terror group in Marawi City will receive assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
OWWA administrator Hans Cacdac disclosed that the OWWA Board of Trustees has recently approved a resolution allocating P100 million to provide financial aid to the affected OFWs.
“The calamity component involves cash assistance amounting to P3,000 for active members and P1,000 for inactive members,” Cacdac said.
He said that OWWA Region 10 office is already assessing the number of beneficiaries, who will qualify for the cash assistance.
“Our Region 10 director is on the ground in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, determining the amount to be given to the beneficiaries. Distribution will happen in the coming week,” Cacdac said.
For its part, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier said it will provide livelihood aid to workers, who will be displaced because of the prevailing crisis.
Some residents of Marawi City, including families of OFWs voluntarily evacuated their homes last week and went to nearby cities like Iligan and Cagayan de Oro after members of Maute terror group raided their hometown.
In response to the attack, President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao and ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify counter offensives against the Islamic State-inspired group.