BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 5(PIA)--The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) continues to assist returning overseas workers back home to their residences in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
As of July 29, 2020, there are already 2,019 returning OFWs assisted including 1,611 under the Uwian Na program of OWWA, in partnership with the Philippine Coast Guard, OWWA-CAR reported during the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council-Regional Task Force COVID-19 Joint Coordination meeting.
Two hundred forty two of the returning OFWs are from Abra, 76 from Apayao, 884 from Baguio City, 477 from Benguet, 140 from Ifugao, 125 from Kalinga and 75 from Mountain Province.
Unfortunately, 23 of the returning OFWs are reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 (4 in Baguio, 3 in Benguet, 3 in Abra, 2 in Apayao, 3 in Ifugao, 7 in Kalinga and 1 in Mountain Province.)
The Uwian Na program for returning OFWs follows four stages. Upon arrival at the airport, OFWs will be swabbed and will be given quarantine center assignment. At the quarantine facilities which are usually hotels, they wait for their swab test results. If the swab test result is negative, the OFWs will be picked up from their hotels and bring them to the PITZ to the buses that would bring them to their respective regions.
In their home regions or local government, they have to follow the requirements that may include swab testing and 14-day quarantine at identified isolation facilities.
Aside from their hotels, the government also answers the plane and bus that their vehicle goes home to their regions, according to OWWA post
Meanwhile, for assistance to OFWs, OWWA - CAR reported that there are 3,445 applications submitted for the AKAP or Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong Program of DOLE that provides a one time P10, 000 financial assistance to COVID -affected OFWs. About 2,295 applications are already approved, 77 disapproved, 244 are DSWD pre-qualified beneficiaries, 186 are pending applications due to needed documentary requirements and 643 are on process.
From March 5 to April 15, OWWA - CAR also provided P10, 000 financial assistance to 454 OFWs who were affected by the travel ban to China, Macau, Taiwan and Hongkong due to COVID-19. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)