OWWA XI releases financial assistance to calamity victims in Digos City, Davao del Sur

In coordination with the City Government of Digos and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office XI released a total of Php 1,203,000.00 to 401 OFWs and dependents who were affected by the series of earthquakes that occurred last October 17, 29, and 31 in the province of Davao del Sur. The OWWA XI calamity team, headed by Gina Mae Quimora, released the calamity financial assistance worth Php 3,000.00 each last February 6-7, 2020 at the City Hall Compound, Digos City.

Calamity assistance is part of the Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) which provides financial assistance to OWWA members and their families affected by natural or human-induced calamities/disasters.

After thorough and careful verification, evaluation, and processing of documents received for the period November 28, 2019 until January 30, 2020, the City of Digos has reached a total of 1,090 applicants. Of this number, 493 are active OWWA members while 597 are inactive members. As per Memorandum of Instructions No. 004 series of 2019, the eligible beneficiary of the program is active OFW-members or his/her qualified beneficiary.

Among the documents submitted by the Qualified OFW-members or beneficiaries are: accomplished application form, page 2 & 3 of the OFW’s passport, Barangay certification that the OFW and claimant are residents of the said barangay and their household was affected by the calamity, proof of relationship (PSA issued birth and marriage certificates), an authorization letter from the OFW if he/she is still working abroad, valid government-issued ID, and one (1) 2x2 picture of the claimant.

OWWA XI Officer Laisa Bucag checks the documents of the claimants
Qualified OFWs and dependents patiently waiting for their names to be called

Regional Director Ron Lionel Bartolome extended his sincere gratitude to Digos City Mayor Josef Cagas for providing the necessary facilities during the activity. He likewise thanked PESO Manager Shanny Lou Solatorio and her staff for assisting the whole OWWA calamity team during the two-day release operation.