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OWWA and LGU Tacurong release checks to distressed OFWs

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)

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Balik Hanapbuhay for returning OFWs

Mr. Lloyd Ala, a resident of Tacurong City and a former OFW in Oman, received livelihood assistance worth P10, 000.00 from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) 12 intended for a rice retailing business. The livelihood assistance is a project of OWWA under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH), which seeks to assist returning OFWs in their reintegration. OWWA 12’s BPBH and Insurance Program Manager Kristine Sison and OWWA 12 Family Welfare Officer for Sultan Kudarat Celine Travilla turned over the claim voucher to Mr. Ala on February 11 at the city hall. The LGU’s Public OFW Desk Officer Allan Freno witnessed the simple turnover rite.

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