TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Aug. 3 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) region 2 has already assisted more than 4, 000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in returning to their respective towns in Cagayan Valley region due to Corona Virus Disease 2019 global pandemic.
Luzviminda Tumaliuan, officer-in-charge, said they continue to assist returning overseas Filipinos since month of May where most of them were repatriated and affected by the pandemic.
She said, of the said number, there were 1, 192 who are from Cagayan province; 1, 806 from Isabela; 469 in Nueva Vizcaya; 186 in Quirino; 25 in Batanes; and there were also 329 from the provinces of Ifugao, Kalinga and Apayao in Cordillera Administrative Region.
"We included some OFWs from our neighboring region because their access roads are within our region. For the Ivatans, there are still five individuals who are awaiting their travel schedule going to Batanes. They are stranded in this city because of the unpleasant weather condition these past days," Tumaliuan said.
Remains of 4 OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia brought home
She also said there were four OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia that were among those who were repatriated, of which, three died of COVID-19.
"Because the three died of COVID-19, they were immediately cremated in Manila as per protocol while one who died of non-COVID, the family chose to bring home the remains and bury it in Alcala, Cagayan," Tumaliuan added.
Aside from this, Tumaliuan also said there are 297 new slots for the Department of Labor and Employment - Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (DOLE-AKAP) program providing financial assistance for displaced land-based and sea-based Filipino workers due to COVID-19.
She said there were already 4, 956 OFWs who received P10,000 each since the start of the pandemic. (BME/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)