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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Philippines-OWWA Tracks Down OFW's Families in Super Typhoon Yolanda Hit Areas

As living conditions in Super Typhoon Yolanda hit areas begin to normalize, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said its now tracking down the kin of at least 150,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) for possible long term assistance. In a radio interview the OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said their personnel in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, MIMAROPA are now doing a field search for the relatives of OFW's in calamity affected areas to provide them with a scholarship program. Dimzon said the scholarship program will cover the children or dependents of OWWA members, who were displaced. She said OWWA will ease the documentary requirements to ensure many would qualify the program. "We will not make it difficult for them since we know many of them have no identifying documents. We just need someone to identify them that they are related to an OFW. Then we could later verify in our database." Dimzon explained. She also said their "Libreng Tawag Station" for OFW seeking to inquire about the status of their relatives in provinces hit by the Super Typhoon.Yolanda is still ongoing.  

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