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OWWA sends 17,085 OFW home

Raymart Lolo



Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (inset) welcomes overseas Filipino workers who arrived via Qatar Airways flight QR3150 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Monday, 17 August 2020. (PNA photo)

The government has sent home 17,085 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from 10-16 August, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said on Wednesday.

“We had a quietly great week. [At least] 17,085 OFWs arrived safely in their home regions from August 10-August 16,” said OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac in a Twitter post.

Earlier, the Department of Labor and Employment vowed to facilitate the orderly and smooth transport of OFW returnees to their respective cities and provinces.

Aside from transportation assistance, the government also provided food, accommodation and free Covid-19 testing to the OFW.

A one-time P10,000 cash aid under Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong was also extended to land-based and sea-based OFW displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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