10 distressed OFWs get livelihood kits

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is set to release livelihood starter kits to ten beneficiaries from Pangasinan through the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program.

They are among the first batch of beneficiaries in Region 1 for 2017, in support of stronger reintegration efforts for particularly for distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) by encouraging to become entrepreneurs.

Qualified to the program are member-OFWs who had pre-terminated work contract, due to employers’ maltreatment and abuse; contract violation; retrenchment; and other work-related distress. They should have arrived in the country since January 2015, and decide to stay for good.

The first batch of beneficiaries completed the entrepreneurial development training on February 6, and are set to receive their starter kits within the month.

The OFW-beneficiaries are given with P10,000-worth of starter kits for various livelihood types such as rice trading, livestock raising, carinderia, food service, welding, and others.

In 2016, the OWWA RWOI released starter kits to 419 beneficiaries from Pangasinan (OWWA)