11 OFWs arrive home from Sudan

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

MANILA (Updated)-- Eleven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), most of them engineers and field supervisors, arrived home from Sudan late Wednesday night.

A radio report said the 11 arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at 11:15 p.m. aboard an Emirates flight.

The 11 are to undergo debriefing from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

In a statement, OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon disclosed that the 11 OFWs were offered assistance since they are active members of OWWA.

“They will receive benefits such as livelihood assistance in addition to airport assistance accorded them during their arrival,” said Dimzon.

Under the Balik-Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Project, OWWA provides returning OFWs livelihood grants of P10,000 as a form of business starter kits for home-based income generating occupations, such as cosmetology, haircutting, foot spa, food processing, massage, reflexology, baking, native snack preparation, handicraft, flower arrangement, dress making, beauty care, and pedicure and manicure.

Aside from the livelihood assistance, Dimzon said repatriated OFWs may also avail of short training courses under the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program of OWWA.

“This is while they are waiting for absorption in local jobs or redeployment to jobs overseas,” noted Dimzon.

Some of the workers were quoted in the report as saying they experienced problems in Sudan amid the civil strife there. The Department of Foreign Affairs raised a crisis alert level 3 on Monday following the violent clashes erupted between camps of President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.

Records show that of the 95 Filipinos there, about 60 are OFWs.

The strife had prompted the Philippine government to impose a travel ban to South Sudan. (JK/HDT/Sunnex)

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