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15 OFWs injured in Taiwan quake

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The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) on Wednesday reported the number of injured overseas Filipino workers in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan rose to 15.

All 15 OFWs have received initial medical treatment and have been discharged. Additionally, follow-up consultations and check-ups have been scheduled.

The OFWs are currently recuperating in their respective company dormitories and accommodations. The Migrant Workers Office in Taipei (MWO-Taipei) is monitoring their conditions closely in coordination with their companies as well as medical authorities.

Meanwhile, the DMW, through its Migrant Workers Offices in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Taichung, is working closely with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) led by Chairman Silvestre H. Bello III in monitoring the situation of and helping our OFWs in the aftermath of the earthquake.

The six-member augmentation deployed in Taiwan has been meeting with various Filipino communities and workers’ groups to assure them of the government’s full support.

The team, led by DMW Undersecretary for Policy and International Cooperation Patricia Yvonne “PY” M. Caunan and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator for Operations Atty. Mary Melanie H. Quiño, was tasked with providing psychosocial support for OFWs in need.

They have also been distributing financial assistance amounting to P30,000 each for OFWs who suffered injuries resulting from the earthquake, as well as food packs and other essential items.

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