Returning OFWs in Mtn. Prov. receive gov’t aid

The Municipal Covid-19 Task Force of Besao, Mountain Province in a meeting with the barangay chieftains held on January 6, 2020 amended this municipality’s guidelines re its response and management to the current pandemic. **Melany E. Timmango

BONTOC, Mountain Province, Jan. 5 (PIA) – Some 140 returning Overseas Filipino Workers from the province benefited from the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Edna Bangaan of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Field Office said the AKAP is a one-time financial assistance of P10,000.00 which is provided to OFWs affected by COVID-19.
Two also availed of the EASE (Educational Assistance through Scholarship in Emergencies) which provides educational assistance of P10,000.00 per annum to qualified dependents of OFWs whose employment were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. There were also three beneficiaries of TABANG OFW which provides a one-time grant of P30,000.00 for collegiate level dependents of returning OFWs affected by COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the Uwian na Program for Stranded Returning OFWs has assisted some 315 OFWs from the province as of December 15, 2020.
Bangaan said 223 or 71 percent of the total assisted OFWs from the province were ferried by the provincial government through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
According to Provincial Accountant Theodore Marrero, the province spent P1,227,000.00 from its 2020 Quick Response Fund for the rental of vans that ferried the repatriated OFWs from Baguio City to their respective home addresses.
Seventy six OFWs were ferried by their respective municipal local government units from the drop off points, while 16 OFWs were ferried by private cars.
DOLE and OWWA continue to provide assistance to returning OFWs to help them face the challenges of the COVID pandemic. **JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province

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