- OWWA extends financial assistance under the Relief Asistance Program (RAP) to PH workers in Saudi Arabia
- Workers qualified to receive are those affected by the cost-cutting measures of Saudi Arabia-based construction companies
- Assistance is also given to the workers’ families back in the Philippines
The Philippine government through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is now extending financial assistance to Filipino workers affected by the cost-cutting measures of Saudi Arabia-based construction companies.
According to OWWA, the financial assistance, which is under the Relief Assistance Program (RAP) have started to reach some affected OFWs in Saudi Arabia and their families back home, as disclosed in a GMA News story.
Under the program, repatriated Filipinos or Filipinos who are still at the job sites in Saudi Arabia but have yet to receive their salaries or end-of-service benefits will be given cash assistance worth P20,000 while P6,000 will be awarded for their families in the Philippines.
A listing of qualified recipients was prepared by the OWWA specifically those affected OFWs who are employed by the following companies: Mohammed al-Mojil Group (MMG); Saudi Bin Laden Group of Companies (SBG); Saudi Oger Ltd. (SOL); Mohammad Hameed Al-Bargash & Bros. Trading & Construction; Aluminum Company (ALUMCO L.L.C.); Rajeh H. Al Merri Contracting Company; Arabtec Construction L.L.C.; and, Real Estate Development and Investment Company.
Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said that the cash assistance will be distributed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLO-OWWA) in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar.
Qualified workers who were repatriated back to the Philippines as well as the families of those still at the job sites can claim their respective financial assistance through the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices nearest their residence, Bello added.
As such, officials of POLO-OWWA and Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah recently visited the campsite of Advance Vision of the Saudi Bin Laden Group to distribute the cash aid.
On the other hand, militant OFW group Migrante and other OFWs made an appeal for the government to expand their coverage to include retrenched Filipinos outside the companies that OWWA noted on its list.