The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has helped 13 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Region 12 as they were able to receive livelihood assistance.

OWWA-12 officer-in-charge Kristine Marie Sison said that the assistance was given under the Livelihood Development Assistance Program (LDAP) from the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, an agency which is connected to OWWA.

Beneficiaries were able to receive livelihood starter kits/packages amounting to PhP10,000 each, an amount that could be used to venture small businesses, particularly rice trading or retailing.

According to Sison, he hopes that through the livelihood grants given to OFWs, they can be able to cope with the reintegration process.

“The agency is continuously implementing various livelihood assistance programs to assist our distressed or displaced OFWs in the entire region,” says Sison.

The program, which is previously knowns as the 10K Livelihood Assistance Program, aims to assist repatriated OFWs. Qualified OFWs could avail of the assistance including the establishment of the beauty parlor, sari-sari stores, rice trading, beauty parlor, furniture making, and machine shop.

OWWA NRCO regional coordinator Jeanette Escano said that the 13 beneficiaries are OFWs who returned to the country in the past three years.

Additionally, before the release of the assistance, beneficiaries are required to undergo small business management training in preparation for the business that they will open.

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