PASAY CITY –The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has laid down its plans in providing assistance to Filipinos affected by the current unrest in Iraq. OWWA Administrator Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, before leaving for his official trip to KSA and Kuwait, instructed OWWA’s senior officials to ensure that returning OFWs from Iraq are accorded with utmost attention in providing them with post-repatriation assistance.

“Our kababayans returning from Iraq already experienced the worst before they reach the country. Let us make them feel that they are already home.”, said Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac as he gives his instructions to OWWA senior officials.

OWWA’s post-repatriation assistance includes airport assistance, provision for temporary shelter, stress debriefing, counselling, medical assistance, legal assistance, and provision of transportation allowance.

Upon arriving at the airport, repatriated OFWs are assisted in processing their documents at the Immigration counter, administered first aid/initial medical evaluation if needed, and retrieval of their luggage. Repatriated OFWs are also provided with temporary board and lodging, and if needed, they are processed for stress debriefing, psychosocial counselling, and legal assistance.

Transportation services are provided to physically/mentally ill or distressed returning OFWs to other pre-identified destination points such as hospitals, airports, seaports, bus stations or to their places of residence, if necessary.

“These post-repatriation interventions are provided to our repatriated kababayans for their fast recovery and reintegration.”, said Cacdac.

Aside from post-repatriation assistance, each returning OFW from Iraq shall receive cash assistance of P20,000.00 for active OWWA-members and P10,000.00 for non-active OWWA members. OWWA is the lead government agency tasked to promote the welfare and well-being of OFWs and their families. (OWWA XI)