2 OFWs from Syria return home after assistance from AWWA
TACLOBAN CITY—Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Syria have safely returned to their respective homes after they received assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office director Norma del Rosario identified the OFWs as Riza Aguelo from Southern Leyte and Jenelyn Bardoc from Ormoc City.
The two worked as domestic helpers in Syria.
del Rosario said the mass repatriation was made possible after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted the request of the Philippine government to waive the exit visa requirements for all OFWs housed at the Filipino Workers Resource Center in Damascus.
”With this, the government has ordered the mandatory repatriation of all OFWs from Syria due to escalating hostilities there,” del Rosario said in a statement.
”The 2 OFWs mentioned were among the thousands of OFWs who availed of the government’s ongoing repatriation program to which they have already received P10,000 cash assistance from OWWA-RWO8,” del Rosario added.
del Rosario also said that OFWs from Syria will received the said cash assistance once they have returned to the Philippines upon presentation of travel documents and OWWA membership certificate.
Aside from the two OFWs who have already returned to the Philippines, OWWA- RWO8 is still waiting for 13 more OFWs who are listed in the repatriation namely Melanie Jaba Fama, Wilma Landero Yamomo, Rodita Taala Amado, Grace Ongray Homo, Melinda Muralla Alcos, Marife Salisali Cortes, Leizel Argana Deldy, Ana Marie Goles Gelid, Geraldine Lugasan Salas, Mildred Donato Gumanab, Lizbeth Aldare Hiwatig, Marilyn Bernales Tomaub, Dian Joy Batuon Campos, and Rica Mae Culpa Paloma. (REYAN L. ARINTO)
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