1,600 active OWWA members in Davao del Sur receive cash relief assistance from OWWA XI

A total of one thousand six hundred (1,600) Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents from Digos City, Bansalan and Hagonoy, Davao del Sur benefitted from the cash relief assistance worth P3,000.00 each provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office XI in the month February 2020. Claimants were active OWWA members/dependents who were affected by the series of earthquakes that hit Davao del Sur last October 16, 29 and 31, 2019.

OWWA XI has released a total of P4,800,000.00 in the said municipalities. Of this amount, P1,209,000.00 was released in Digos City with 403 qualified claimants; P1,581,000.00 for Bansalan with 527 beneficiaries; and P2,010,000.00 was given to the 670 qualified claimants in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur.
During its release operation in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur last February 20-21, 2020, OWWA Head Office representative Hector Cruz said that part of the Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) of OWWA is the provision of financial assistance to those active and inactive members who were affected by natural or human-induced calamities/disasters.  “That’s why we encourage those working overseas to renew their OWWA membership once expired to avail of the agency’s programs and services,” said Cruz. Likewise, OWWA XI Regional Director Ron Lionel Bartolome thanked LGU Hagonoy through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for the usual support and to the OFWs and their families who continuously avail of the programs and services of OWWA.

Also present during the opening program in Hagonoy was Municipal Mayor Franco Calida who extended his gratitude to OWWA for providing financial assistance to his OFW constituents where most of their houses were partially damaged.

On the same day, OWWA XI Regional Director Ron Lionel Bartolome and OWWA Officer Hector Cruz proceeded to the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur to meet the officers and members of the Magsaysay OFW Family Circles (OFCs) who are applicants of the calamity assistance. Director Bartolome and Mr. Cruz addressed various concerns in relation to the availment of the calamity assistance under the Welfare Assistance Progam of OWWA. Through the consultation, issues on the active and inactive OWWA members were clarified and resolved. (By Maricel T. Sarabillo, LCO, OWWA-RWO XI)


OWWA-RWO XI personnel as they evaluate the documents of the claimants in Digos City, Davao del Sur 

OFWs and their dependents who are qualified to claim the calamity financial assistance in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur