OWWA launches CARE program, releases financial assistance to quake victims in Surigao Norte

  • May 17, 2017

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 17 (PIA) – Pursuant to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Board Resolution No. 006, series of 2017, OWWA–Caraga launched the agency’s Cash Relief (CARE) Program on Sunday afternoon at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.


The Cash Relief (CARE) Program is a one-time financial assistance intended to aid OWWA member families after being affected by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck the province on February 10, this year.


The launching was graced by vice governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr., Public Employment Service Office (PESO) provincial manager Emilio C. Pantejo, Surigao City PESO Officer-in-Charge Gloria O. Gimena.


In his message, vice governor Egay extended his gratitude to the agency for continuously showing the Surigaonon Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) how OWWA cares through its programs and services especially after the destructive earthquake.


During the program, OWWA-Caraga regional director Samuel S. Madrid assured all those new applicants and those with lacking documents that the agency will still continue releasing the assistance in the coming days.


“This is only the launching of the CARE Program. We will find ways to reach out to those who haven’t claimed yet. To ease you from hassle, OWWA will be visiting the municipalities to distribute the assistance,” Madrid said.


Around P500,000 was released to about 300 OFW families from Surigao City and a few barangays from the municipality of Sison during the kick-off of the CARE Program.


OWWA personnel processed all of the client’s applications that lasted past 9:00 in the evening.


New applications and queries regarding the program were also accepted and entertained in the Public Assistance Desk designated to ensure that all clients are attended to throughout the day.


Active OWWA members received P3,000.00 per family while the family of a non-active OWWA members received P1,500.00.


The agency is still accepting new applications. OFWs and their beneficiaries may file at their local PESO Offices or they may also call the regional office for more information about the program through telephone numbers 815-1894/342-6179 and hotline numbers 09173150590/09399259895. (Jean Pearl I. Millones-OWWA Caraga/PIA-Caraga))

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