OWWA IX Offers P20,000 For OFWs to Start Business

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration regional office – IX has recently implemented “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program” to enable Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families start and manage a livelihood undertaking through self-employment.

OWWA Regional Director Hassan Jumdain disclosed their office is offering P20,000 cash assistance to OFWs who have decided to come home to the Philippines and see the merit of investing on a local business venture.

Jumdain explained that the cash assistance is being given to active or non-active OWWA members who were: (1) Displaced by hostilities or wars/political conflicts, policy reforms or changes by host governments; (2) Victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking or other distressful situations; (3) Distressed wards at the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Resource Centers who are due for repatriation; and (4) Repatriated OWWA-members who were employed by foreign employers which are beset with financial difficulties due to economic conditions.

“Most Filipinos choose to work abroad to seek a brighter life for their families. But most of the time, the money they earn abroad can never take back the opportunities to be with their loved ones, see their kids grow and attend milestone family events like birthdays and graduation, not to mention the suffering and abuses they experienced from their employers and recruiters. But with the right amount of timing, hard work, and determination coupled with the livelihood grant in the amount of P 20,000.00 given by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, through the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program, I believe that they can have a good future even just here in the country,” Jumdain emphasized.

He said OWWA RWO-IX has already awarded a total of P84.77 million to 4,251 OFWs just from January to September 2018.

These recipients were powerfully motivated and their ultimate dream is to successfully make something sustainable out of the OWWA’s grant and their hard-earned money.