It was announced on Friday, Sept. 2, that the Overseas Filipino Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is still accepting proposals from overseas Filipino workers (OFW) families interested in applying for a business financial grant of up to P1 million.
As part of the deliberations last Wednesday for the Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang OFWs (Tulong-PUSO) program in Western Visayas (Region 6), Dindi Tan, Executive Director of the OWWA-National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), at least four groups presented their business proposals.
Here are the groups who sent their proposal to participate in the said program;
- Taslan OFW Family Association (TOFA) from Brgy. Taslan Dumarao, Capiz
- Barbaza Overseas Filipino Workers (BOFWA)) from Poblacion Barbaza, Antique
- Capiz Repatriated OFW Association (CROFWA) from Roxas City, Capiz
- Zarraga Seaman’s Club from Zarraga, Iloilo.
“The Tulong-PUSO program is a continuous advocacy project of OWWA and our Labor Department. This is intended to extend financial grants to our beloved OFWs together with their families. We encouraged them to engage in business, instead of just waiting for remittances from their loved ones from abroad,” says Tan.
The event was headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), OWWA-NRCO and OWWA Regional Welfare Office VI (OWWA RWO-6).
As soon as the applicants qualify for the grant, they will be required to attend seminars and training. Over 31-member groups can receive up to P1 million.
OFW groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can reintegrate through the DOLE-OWWA Tulong-PUSO program. This is a one-time livelihood grant, recognized by DOLE, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).