DSWD serves 9,000 stranded OFWs in first 100 days



As part of the first 100 days of the Duterte administration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that one of its biggest accomplishments is the delivery of prompt and compassionate service to 9,476 stranded overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Saudi Arabia.

The agency reported that it has provided psychological intervention to convince the OFWs to return home.

It added that the agency has also provided livelihood to the repatriated OFWs.

“I think it is important to highlight that, that the first 100 days of the Duterte administration include the compassion that was absent in the previous administration vis-à-vis our stranded OFW,” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.

DSWD also allotted one billion pesos to fund the rehabilitation of 37,000 drug dependent surrenderers that will run for about 2 years.

Moreover, President Rodrigo Duterte has also instructed the department to visit and give financial, livelihood assistance and counseling to the families of wounded and deceased soldiers.

Aside from this, the DSWD also plans to conduct a “national kumustahan” among 4Ps beneficiaries to monitor if they are properly using the government fund.

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Meanwhile, Taguiwalo said that she has been receiving several complaints from the victims of typhoon Yolanda claiming that relief goods did not reach them.

The DSWD is now investigating these complaints especially in the most affected areas.

“It’s going to be a major challenge to us how to address this (…) The problem is how to validate this claim because we really want to give those who have not received anything,” Sec. Taguiwalo said.

The secretary believes that the international humanitarian aid will not be affected despite some of the presidents statements against international communities. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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