Due to a powerful typhoon that has hit the Philippines last Sept. 15, many passengers including a number of OFWs were stranded at airports in Manila and Pampanga.
Because of this, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will extend financial aid worth PHP 5,000 to stranded OFWs at the NAIA and Clark airports, as shared in a report by ABS CBN News.
DFA Extends Financial Aid to OFWs Stranded in NAIA, Clark due to Powerful Typhoon
OFWs who wish to avail the financial assistance offered by the department must personally go to DFA kiosks in the aforementioned airports and provide all of the following documents:
- airline ticket showing their original date of departure
- reissued ticket showing new date of departure
- Employment Contract
- Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)
The DFA has assigned personnel to station the NAIA and Clark airports until Sunday, September 16, 2018.
A number of flights have been cancelled since Friday (September 14) due to the strong winds and heavy rains brought by typhoon Ompong in most parts of northern Luzon.
The typhoon trajectory moved away from the country’s landmass before Saturday noon, and is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday morning.
In a recent weather bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as of 5 pm, Saturday, even as typhoon Ompong exits the PAR, due to its wide diameter, there is a high chance that it will still draw in more rain and enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat).
The enhanced southwest monsoon will generate strong winds and moderate to heavy rains in some parts of Luzon and Visayas. Ompong is the 15th tropical cyclone that has hit the Philippines in 2018. (ALSO READ: DFA Offers Cash Aid to OFWs Affected by NAIA Runway Closure)