SAGUDAY, Quirino (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (DOLE-OWWA) Region 2 recently conducted an information and education campaign in this town to orient the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) community regarding the agency's programs and services.
OWWA Program and Services officer-in-charge and Tulong PUSO Focal Person Juana F. Nobleza discussed the scholarship programs, Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH), Tulong PUSO, loan programs, and other programs of OWWA.
Nobleza said BPBH is a government initiative for OFWs by giving them support and protection, and providing immediate relief with the amount of P20,000 for a startup or additional livelihood project.
"Filipino migrant workers who have lost their jobs prematurely due to termination, maltreatment, and other employer contract violations are eligible to apply for a P20,000 livelihood aid under OWWA's Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay upon their return home," she added.
Tulong PUSO on the other hand is a project implemented to help distressed OFWs who plan to stay in the country and build business.
Nobleza advised OFWs to avail of the OWWA projects especially those who were displaced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
OWWA 2 also awarded a death benefit amounting to P100,000 – P200,000 to some families in Saguday with deceased-active OFW family member.
"May nakakuha ng P120,000, yung isa ay P220,000 kasi accidental ang kanyang cause of death," Nobleza explained.
She urged the OFW community in Saguday and in the whole province, active or inactive member of OWWA to avail of the programs and services of DOLE-OWWA as she assured that there are sufficient funds for the OFWs.
Sa lahat ng OFWs sa Quirino province, inaasahan po namin ang pagtangkilik ninyo sa lahat ng programa ng OWWA lalung-lalo na po at kayo ay active member, kahit yung mga inactive OWWA member mayroon pa rin tayong naibibigay, sana tangkilikin niyo po at napakarami nating programa sa OWWA," Nobleza said.
She further said that their Skills for Employment Scholarship Program or SESP, a short-term course is providing student- beneficiaries who are active at the time of enrollment a maximum of P14,500 per course.
Nobleza has reminded the OFWs to pay their OWWA membership to be able to avail of the benefits.
"The ex-OFWs can still avail of the benefits but it is better if your contributions are valid at the time of any accident or at the time of any enrollment in our scholarship program," Nobleza said.
For further inquiries, the OFWs or their family members are advised to visit the OWWA office in their provinces. (OTB/TCB/PIA Quirino)