By Maria Ruiz
Senator Sonny Angara asks Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families to take advantage of services and benefits under the Overseas Workers Welfare Act of 2016.
Under the law,which Angara co-authored and sponsored at the Senate, benefits and services accorded to OFWs were institutionalized.
Angara said that the benefits and services are funded by the 25 dollars membership fee collected every two years ,from land-based and sea-based OFWs.
The reelectionist Senator said “Huwag sanang mag-alinlangan ang ating mga kababayang OFW dahil ang mga benepisyong ito ay nanggaling mismo sa kanilang bulsa kaya marapat lamang na sila ay makinabang dito lalo na sa panahong kailangan nila ng tulong.”
The benefits and services include loan and credit assistance, health care, education and skills training, social services, family welfare assistance, reintegration and repatriation assistance , on-site worker assistance , as well as death and disability benefits.
Angara said these are a token of gratitude for the valuable contribution of OFWs whose remittances have kept the Philippine economy afloat.