ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 15 (PIA) – Four survivors of deceased Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) recently received livelihood assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX (OWWA RWO-IX) through the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) at LB Supermarket, Tumaga, this city.

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, OWWA9 regional director led the distribution, together with Angeles C. Engalla, Programs and Services Division head and Family Welfare Officer Khalil Isser S. Lorena.

The survivors of OFWs received livelihood assistance which consists of various grocery items for their proposed livelihood such as sari-sari store and rice retailer store.

ELAP is a program designed for survivors of deceased OFWs who were active OWWA members at the time of death. It is made up of education and economic components.

In the education component, financial assistance will vary depending upon the grade level of the survivor. For grade school, it is pegged at Five Thousand Pesos (Php 5,000.00) per year; for high school, Eight Thousand Pesos (Php 8,000.00) per year and college financial assistance shall be Ten Thousand Pesos (Php 10,000.00) per year.

For the economic component, the survivor shall receive livelihood assistance depending upon the proposed project/livelihood chosen by the recipient in the maximum amount of Fifteen Thousand Pesos (Php 15,000.00).

OWWA RWO-IX is scheduled to distribute livelihood assistance through ELAP to four more recipients this month. (ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay/OWWA9 PR)