A group of Overseas Filipino Workers in the Davao region was able to receive a P1 million grant from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-Region 11). These OFWs were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and they were forced to return to the Philippines.
The said livelihood grant was gifted to the group of OFWs in three tranches to finance their desired business which is a grocery store.
Included in the livelihood grant is OFW Johnny Oquina, who previously works in Singapore but was forced to return to the Philippines because of the pandemic.
Recently, the grocery store owned by this group of OFWs was opened so they can start fresh in the country.
According to Geralyn Acedo who acts as the association president, a grocery store provides the essential needs of people. Because of this, they opted for this type of business.
One of their supplier of cacao or tablea is Hannah Ocon, an OFW who previously worked in Dubai. Aside from the OFW group who received help from OWWA, suppliers like them will also benefit from this livelihood grant.