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BAGUIO CITY - The Overseas Worker Welfare Administration Cordillera (OWWA-CAR) has released a total of P30 million as assistance to the families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Cordilleras. OWWA-CAR Regional Director Evelyn Laranang said the Cash Relief (CARE) assistance of the OWWA was released to families of the victims in Abra, Apayao, and Kalinga, the three provinces in the Cordillera with the most number of affected OWWA-member families during typhoon Lawin in October 2016.

“We are not discounting the other three provinces because we have members from there but we would like to focus first on the most number of families affected by typhoon Lawin,” Laranang said, adding that the CARE program was launched a month after the typhoon hit the country.

OWWA started to receive the list of beneficiaries in November last year and ended on Feb. 2. The release of financial aid to active OWWA members started as early as November 2016.

Laranang said they have received 17,496 applications from the three provinces, but 4,070 applications disapproved for lacking requirements and non-renewal of membership.

“We feel bad for the denied applicants but one of our requirements to qualify for financial assistance or benefits from our office is to be an active OWWA member,” she said. Some of the former members were already in inactive membership status prior to Lawin.

As of May 19, OWWA has distributed a total of P30,045,000 to the 13,426 applicant-OWWA members from the three provinces.

“We’re still in the process of distributing the financial assistance to approved applicants and we hope we can complete the distribution as fast as we could because they need the money to recover from their loss,” Laranang said.

She said their team is currently in Kalinga for a week to make sure all beneficiaries receive their money. After that, they will go back to Apayao for another scheduled CARE Lawin program distribution.

Laranang explained that the distribution lasted this long because some beneficiaries did not attend the scheduled distribution dates due to different reasons.

OWWA aims to finish the distribution of at least P3,545,000 more financial aid for the remaining 3,565 approved applicants before the rainy season./ with reports from Donisio Dennis Jr./PNA

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