The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is ready to extend airport assistance to returning OFWs from Yemen who registered for the Mandatory Repatriation offered by the government as tension escalated in the said country.
“OWWA is part of the Crisis Management Team (CMT) composed of officials from the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The CMT continuously monitors the situation of countries experiencing crisis to ensure that our OFWs working there are safe. If immediate action is needed, the CMT automatically activates its committees to respond to the situation,“ OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado explained.
Administrator Calzado disclosed that as of 26 January 2015, there are a total of 2,391 OFWs working in Yemen as nurses, household service workers (HSWs), supervisors, technicians, mechanics, engineers, among others.
The continued occupation of the capital city of Sana’a by Houthi rebels and the recent suspension of many embassies in the Yemeni capital were the basis for the DFA’s heightened alert level.
OWWA appeals to the relatives of OFWs working in Yemen to convince their loved ones to come home to safety. In 2011, OWWA assisted about 1,000 OFWs who returned from Yemen due to the political instability in the said country.