Overseas Filipino workers whose contract were not finished due to termination can now apply for a Php20,000 livelihood aid from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration OWWA when they return home.
This said benefit was disclosed by new welfare attaché Marivic Clarin during the community gatherings happened recently.
And was confirmed by Labor Attaché Jalilo
The livelihood program is known as the “Balik-Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay” program and started during the time of Former President Benigno Aquino III. However, the aid at that time was a starter kit worth Php10,000.
“Since 2016, it had doubled to Php 20,000”, said Clarin.
But there are only a few takers
In the past eight years that the program existed, there are only 260 OFWs who have received the benefit as of the end of the year 2019, based on the Statistics from the Department of Labor and Employment.
It was said that maybe this is because OWWA is very diligent in evaluating the proposed project of the OFW applicant to be sure that the financial aid won’t go to waste.
“Kasi, yung iba, ipinambabayad lang sa utang,” Clarin said.
Added, that the purpose of the said program is to help distressed OFWs by providing them financial assistance for their proposed business and not the other way around.
She also said that cash assistance comes with development training to help the recipients with the basic skills they need for their proposed livelihood project.
The training will be provided by OWWA, other government agencies, non-government organizations, and OFW cooperatives or other groups in the region.
Note that the program is only intended for terminated OFWs who wanted to stay in the Philippines for good.
Meticulous evaluation and supervision of the proposed livelihood projects (e.g sari-sari store, piggery, fish vending, etc.) will also be conducted to ensure its success
Source: The SUN HK