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Mar. 22, 18 | 9:52 am

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has allocated P25 million as form of financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the deployment ban to Kuwait.

In an interview with Business Mirror, OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the assistance will cover members with Kuwaiti work visa as of February 12.

Active members will receive a cash assistance of P5,000 while inactive members will receive P2,500.

“Around 5,000 beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the program,” Cacdac said.

Members can visit the nearest OWWA regional office to receive the financial assistance.

On February 9, the Philippine government announced the total deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait following the death of Joanna Demafelis whose body was found inside a freezer of an apartment in the Gulf state.

Since the imposition of the deployment ban, hundreds of Filipino workers have repatriated to the Philippines.

Due to this, the Philippines and Kuwait decided to craft an agreement that will protect the rights of OFWs in the Gulf state.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agreement is expected to be signed in April.

Bello, however, said that signing of the agreement does not equate to total lifting of the ban.

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