The partnership between the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Region XII (OWWA 12) and the City Government of Tacurong continues despite the hurdles of the current pandemic, which affected the scheduled check releases in the previous months.

However, with the schedules now back on track, OWWA 12 and LGU Tacurong were able to release cash assistance to 23 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on July 14.

Out of the 23, 19 were given checks worth P20,000 under the Balik Pinas Balik Hanap Buhay (BPBH) program ; 1 check worth P20,000 under the Welfare Assistance Program (WAP); and 3 underwent Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) at the venue, a pre-requirement for the availment of any livelihood program of OWWA.

BPBH is a livelihood package intended to provide immediate relief to returning distressed or displaced OFWs amounting to P20,000 that will serve as start-up or additional capital for their livelihood project. Meanwhile, WAP is extended to active or non-active OWWA members or their families who are not eligible under any of the existing OWWA Social Benefit Programs and Services.

EDT is part of the reintegration loan program of OWWA that aims to assess the capability of the OFWs in managing any business enterprise they want to start in the future.

Present during the distribution were Regional Director Marilou Sumalinog, OWWA Region XII; City Mayor Angelo O. Montilla, Hon. Remo Flores, City Councilor; Mr. Rogelio Garcia, Executive Secretary to the city mayor; and Mr. Allan S. Freno, Public OFW Desk Officer for Tacurong City. (LGUInformation)