NINETY women in Pangasinan who worked and returned as Overseas Filipino Workers, received livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office No. I (DOLE-RO1).
They were among the 140 OFWs in the region that received P1,167,825 in total livelihood assistance so they can start a new life without leaving home.
The assistance is part of the Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) that specifically responds to the needs of female OFWs as well as the Livelihood Development Assistance Program (LDAP) under the DOLE’s National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) that caters to undocumented, distressed and displaced OFWs, including victims of illegal recruitment, report from DOLE-RO1 said on Monday.
From August to September, DOLE-RO I released five goats each for 90 female OFWs from Pangasinan and were also trained on financial awareness and livestock raising to ensure proper project management.
On the other hand, 19 undocumented OFWs from Eastern Pangasinan and La Union and received 10 25-kg sacks of rice each for their rice retailing business.
DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra said BPBH and LDAP are designed to cushion the socio-economic impacts of separation of the OFWs from their work abroad due to abuse, maltreatment, hostilities and economic crisis, among others.
“Our beneficiary OFWs may not be earning as much from the business ventures, but at least they can sustain their daily needs while being with their loved ones,” Lacambra said. (Eva Visperas)