THE Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas has provided a total of P6,097,500 worth of financial assistance to a total of 3,214 returning overseas Filipino workers (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Manila as of July 29, 2020.
The agency has also distributed a total of P813,200.89 worth of hot meals and non-food items like hygiene kits to 7,535 ROFs and LSIs.
This is part of the "Hatid Tulong Program," a transport assistance initiative by different national government agencies like Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Recruitment Agencies Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa), among others, to help ROFs and LSIs as they return to their respective provinces.
The DSWD-Central Visayas, in a statement, said the program uses a whole-of-government approach to address the different needs of the LSIs who have been affected by the community quarantine measures imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
It said it has deployed social workers to Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Pier 1 in Cebu City.
Upon arrival of the LSIs, the DSWD provided hot meals and financial assistance through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) depending on the assessment of the social worker.
It also distributed flyers and provided brief orientation on the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale Tool to check the mental health status of the ROFs.
Social workers also check passports and other pertinent documents of passengers especially those with minors. This is a standard operating procedure to prevent child trafficking.
Proper coordination with the local government units like Cebu City Government and Cebu Provincial Government has also been done to enable the LGUs to prepare for the transportation, screening and quarantine measures. (WBS with PR)