On October 19, 2018, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration convened with the migrant-desk officers and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) staff from all over Abra for the Orientation on Project Tulong sa Pamilyang OFW: Operation Ompong at the Bangued Municipal Social Hall.

Overseas Workers Welfare Officer IV Dina C. Ponciano said that the DOLE-CAR would like to collaborate with the LGUs in gathering data for the relief assistance.

Ponciano said families of OFWs with reported damaged houses, crops, and fisheries will be prioritized for the relief assistance. ”Yung relief assistance ay maibibigay lamang sa mga affected. May mga prioritization like yung mga namatay, injured, and missing, yung mga may damaged na crops, dwellings, livestocks and fisheries.”

Inactive members will be receiving P1,500 while P3,000 for active members.

Long-term projects can also be availed by organized groups of OFWs with a minimum of 15 members.

OWWA members who can avail may be a dependent or returnee, an active or an inactive member.

Groups with 15 to 25 members can avail a maximum of P250,000.Groups with 26 to 50 members can avail a maximum of P500,000, and for groups with 51 members and above can avail a maximum of P1,000,000.

“Yun po ang mas gusto namin, yung mag-register ang ating mga OFWs in groups,” said Ponciano.

For further inquiries, kindly approach your migrant-desk officers and PESO staff in your respective municipalities, Family Welfare Officer Katrina Domingo at the DOLE-Abra Provincial Office, or Ms. Fredelina Biato of the Abra OFW Center.