Almost 500K displaced OFWs back in hometowns: OWWA

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said almost 500,000 overseas Filipino workers who were displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic have been assisted by the government and are now in their home provinces.

OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said, “As of March 10, we have 470,000 OFWs. It is approaching the half a million mark.”

Cacdac also said the government continues to provide assistance to returning OFWs which include free swab testing, food and accommodation, and transportation to their home regions.

He also reported that at present, there are some 10,000 OFWs that are in 150 hotel facilities, who are waiting for their scheduled transportation back to their provinces.

Cacdac said the government is spending around 30 million pesos a day, based on the estimated maximum cost of hotel accommodation per night of 3,000 pesos. He noted the figure does not yet include food and transportation expenses.

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