THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) regional office 1 provided livelihood assistance, skills training and starter kit last year to at least 234 distressed or displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Pangasinan, being the biggest province in the region, had the biggest number of repatriated OFWs.
The OFWs from western Pangasinan underwent training on meat and fish processing while the eastern Pangasinan group had a 20- day skills training on dressmaking with starter kit composed of five units of high speed sewing machine, one edging machine and cloth linen.
Sheila Marie Aguilar, labor communication officer of OWWA Region 1, said the OFWs requested for the assistance as a group and identified the kind of training they wanted.
“We are encouraging them to form their groups into an organization of OFWs registered under SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) so they could ask support from other agencies, i.e., Department of Labor and Employment and Department of Science and Technology who are also giving financial assistance and trainings for group of legitimate entrepreneurs,” Aguilar said.
Each of the repatriated OFWs also received P10, 000 worth of livelihood assistance.
Aguilar added that they also assisted displaced or distressed OFWs who are non-members of OWWA. –Dada Austria