A total of 26 formers Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Palawan received non-cash livelihood assistance from Department Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – MIMAROPA on September 18, 2019.

The awarding ceremony was led by Ms. Adignita A. Elijan, OWWA-Palawan Family Welfare Officer and Mr. Renell G. Mayo, Labor and Employment Officer III, representing DOLE Palawan Field Officer Mr. Luis B. Evangelista and was held at DOLE Palawan Field Office, San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

16 distressed OFWs benefited from OWWA’s Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay! (BPBH) Program. This is a non-cash livelihood support/assistance intended to provide immediate relief to returning member OFWs, active or non-active, who are displaced from their jobs due to war/political conflicts in host countries or policy reforms controls and changes by the host government or are victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking or other distressful situations.  The program is a package of livelihood assistance ranging from ten thousand pesos (10,000.00) up to maximum amount of twenty thousand pesos (20,000.00) consisting of a) techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial trainings and b) starter kits/goods and/or c) such other services that will enable the target beneficiaries to quick start a livelihood undertaking through self/wage employment.

Likewise, seven (7) former OFWs received cash aid from Welfare Assistance Program (WAP). WAP is an assistance extended to OWWA members, active or non-active, and/or their families who are not eligible under any of the existing OWWA social benefit programs and services. It seeks to provide cash relief assistance to OWWA members in any circumstances which are not covered under the regular programs implemented by the Secretariat.  Also, one (1) family of OFW received death claims amounting to 120,000.00 from OWWA’s Death Benefit.

Furthermore, two (2) dependents of current OWWA-member OFWs received educational assistance from OWWA’s OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP). It is a scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA members with a monthly salary of USD600.00 or below, regardless of job category, who shall enroll, is currently enrolled or has been enrolled in any four-year or fine-year baccalaureate course or associate course in any college or university.

Similarly, two (2) former OFWs received Livelihood Development Assistance (LDAP) from National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO). Respective beneficiaries received an amount of 10,000.00 pesos as working capital for their livelihood. Last September 16, 2019, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales awarded one (1) coconut grinder to Ms. Rosalie Javarez, one of the NRCO beneficiaries, for her livelihood. She is currently taking Bachelor of Elementary Education in one of the tertiary colleges in Puerto Princesa City.

End/Renell G. Mayo