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OWWA pushes for an additional Php9.8 billion budget to serve 80,000 OFWs’ quarantine needs

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration or OWWA is seeking additional funding for the quarantine needs of returning overseas Filipino workers.

OWWA Chief Hans Cacdac said that they are asking for an additional Php9.8 billion to support the food, transport, and accommodation of OFWs.

“That’s quite a lot so we need funding to support the government’s protocol program,” Cacdac said.

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“Right now we are coordinating with DBM, technical coordination is on the way, DBM also wants to ask some questions about the spending. Positive talks are currently being undertaken,” he added.

Cacdac said that they are expecting 2,000 OFW arrivals per day or at least 60,000 OFWs per month.

The OWWA chief said that the recent quarantine protocols also tripled the spending for returning OFWs.

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Around 70,000 to 80,000 OFWs are waiting to be repatriated.

“The vast majority have pretty much kept their jobs especially during this last few months,” he said. (TDT)

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