The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has reactivated its Crisis Monitoring and Response Team (CMRT) to respond to the current critical situation in Yemen after the Alert Level in the area was raised to 4 due to the worsening armed-conflict there. The CMRT is a special committee of OWWA that is reactivated in times of political unrest in countries where there are affected Filipino migrant workers. The committee ensures the timely response and assistance of OWWA to the distressed and displaced workers from war-torn nations.
OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado ordered the reactivation of the CMRT to closely-monitor the status of evacuees, border-crossers and Filipinos staying at holding areas, and to coordinate with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Missions in the repatriation of affected OFWs in the area. It is likewise directed to identify the needs and carry out the usual services of Repatriation Assistance Division (RAD) for repatriated workers upon arrival at the airport, and provide regular and timely advisories to the public as well as maintain records of repatriated OFWs.
OWWA has already accorded 342 repatriated Filipino migrant workers from Yemen with necessary airport assistance which includes a special lane for the processing of immigration papers of Yemen repatriates, provided temporary shelter and transport services and fares for their on-ward travel to their respective provinces. OWWA is also part of the DOLE- Assist WELL which caters to the Welfare, Employment,Livelihood and Legal needs of the displaced workers.