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DOLE, OWWA Commit to Strengthen OFW Services in Region 1


 

The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 has reaffirmed its commitment to help its attached agency, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), strengthen government services that aim to promote and protect the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in the region.
 
This reiteration was made as DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos joined OWWA Deputy Administrators Esther Margaux Uson and Faustino “Bubsie” Sabarez III and OWWA Regional Welfare Office 1 OIC-Director Gerardo Rimorin in a ceremonial awarding of grants to OWWA beneficiaries in Dagupan City on May 12, 2021.  
 
DOLE ARD Honorina Baga, Dagupan City Mayor Marc Brian Lim, PESO Manager Jocelyn Siapno, and OWWA RWOI officers witnessed the awarding. 
 
In her message to the OFW returnees, RD Ramos extended Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s strong thrust in advancing the best interests of OFWs and their families. “The OFW sector has always been a priority of the Duterte Administration, and the DOLE and OWWA shall continue to manifest this through inclusion of OFWs in our flagship programs,” she said. 
 
17 displaced OFWs from Dagupan City and nearby towns received cash assistance ranging from P5.000 to P20,000, as beneficiaries to the OWWA’s Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH).  It is a reintegration program aimed to provide livelihood assistance to OFWs who were not able to finish their work contracts abroad due to distress or displacement, largely as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Meanwhile. nine college-level OFW dependents will enjoy educational assistance from the OWWA, through the Educational Assistance by Scholarship in Emergencies (Project EASE). The project aims to provide aid to qualified college-level dependents of active OWWA member-OFWs whose employment were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of them shall receive P10,000 per year until they complete their four-year baccalaureate degrees. 
 
DOLE RD Ramos said that the OFWs’ contribution to nation-building comes in crucial, especially now that their remittances are helping the country’s economy remain afloat. “As our nation struggles to recover from the global health and economic crisis, the OFWs’ roles become integral now more than ever, “ she said. 
 
Last month, the DOLE RO1 reported that there are 14,097 OFWs in Region 1 who already benefitted from the DOLE’s Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP). Each of them received P10,000, with a total P140,970,000 disbursed by DOLE thus far. 
 
The DOLE RO1 continues to accept applications to the DOLE-AKAP, which is designed to provide economic relief to OFWs who experienced job displacement due to the pandemic. END/Justin Paul Marbella.
 
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2021-05-17
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