DMW readies ₧20-million help for OFW kin in quake-hit areas

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is allocating P20 million to support families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the recent 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Northern Luzon.

“This is just an initial allotment to help OFW families affected by the earthquake. I have directed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration [OWWA] to immediately provide help and find out what other forms of assistance the DMW can provide,” DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople said in a news statement issued on Thursday.

Affected families applying for DMW financial assistance can file their applications with the nearest OWWA office in their regions.

Qualified families need to show it has at least one OFW family member currently deployed overseas.

“Once verified, the applications shall be endorsed for financial assistance. The one-time allocation can be used for food, medicines, groceries, water, or any items the OFW family needs immediately,” Ople said.

She said they will wait for the damage assessment report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to determine which regions and areas are most affected. Areas affected most will be given priority, Ople added.

The DMW chief also said she has coordinated with the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), or Pag-IBIG Fund, to facilitate emergency loan applications of OFW families affected by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, Pag-IBIG announced it has deployed a mobile office called Lingkod Pag-IBIG on Wheels (LPOW) to Abra on Thursday morning.

The LPOW will receive and process loan applications of members, including OFWs affected by the quake.

“This will enable affected members file their salary or calamity loan applications without going to the branch,” Pag-IBIG Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alex Aguilar said.

Qualified Pag-IBIG members may borrow up to 80 percent of their total Pag-IBIG Regular Savings to avail of the multi-purpose loan or calamity loans. Savings consist of the monthly contributions, employer’s contributions and accumulated dividends earned.