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Palace maintains: Funds available for OFWs’ repatriation

Posted by Michille on July 31st, 2006

Palace maintains: Funds available for OFWs’ repatriation – PIA!

Manila (31 July) — In response to critics looking into the financial issues in the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers in Lebanon, Malacañang maintained that the “funds are there and are being used judiciously and effectively to extend relief and take OFWs in Lebanon out of harm’s way.”

The statement was issued by Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye after some senators claim that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is hoarding its P7.6 billion fund for OFWs. Hence, the senate inquiry to be held at 1 pm today.

Bunye explained the “continuous stream of OFWs returning home is proof enough of this (truth that the funds are not mismanaged).”

Meantime, Malacañang is asking the Filipino nation not to raise speculations and controversies that only fuel demoralization and even hamper efforts to resolve the crisis.

“Let us allow the crisis team to concentrate on its job without being saddled by political noise,” urged Bunye. (PIA—MMIO)

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