To provide livelihood assistance to eligible OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Ilocos Region released 5-million worth of livelihood funds for the right OFW organization.
Head of Reintegration Unit of OWWA, Dolly Anne Camacho said that the program, ‘TulongPangkabuhayansaPag-unlad ng Samahang OFWs’ offers help to OFW organizations that are recognized by OWWA.
Organizations that can benefit from this livelihood assistance are those who help OFWs who are inactive, returnee, repatriated, OFW dependent or those who are displaced. These OFWs also needs to be rightfully documented.
“It is a mechanism of the OWWA to urge OFW organizations or groups to put up new livelihood programs or businesses,” says Camacho.
Through the cooperation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), OWWA will assess OFW groups and conduct necessary development training and preparations related to their skills so OFWs who were not so lucky abroad can start a new life in the Philippines.
“This aims to help OFWs in terms of either livelihood formation, restoration, or enhancement of existing business or project,” Camacho added.
Accredited OFW organizations that are under this livelihood program can avail PhP250,000 to 1 million assistance which can be spent on raw materials, equipment and other important things necessary to help OFWs.
As long as the organization is qualified and endorsed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) they can surely avail of the cash assistance.
Here are the requirements needed to avail to program:
- Project Proposal with Certificate of Entrepreneurship Development Training
- Copy of DOLE/SEC/CDA registration
- Organizational Profile and Individual Personal Information
- Business Permit from the Local Government Unit
- Business Project which should show the capacity of the proponent as well as the 20 percent equity out of the total project cost
“The equity could be the counterpart of the LGU like lot donation, building, or shop,” says Camacho.
The first few municipalities who already passed their proposals are Rosales, Asingan, Sudipen, Mangaldan, Luna,andAringay.
They are already waiting for the finalization of the proposal and the Enterprise Development Training Orientation