Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VIII released a total of 38livelihood starterkitsin its Balik-Pinas, BalikHanapbuhayProgram (BPBH) beneficiaries all over the region.This program is part of OWWA’s Reintegration Program for the distressed OFWs who were repatriated due to political conflicts in host countries, wars and other distressful situation.
The Regional Welfare Office VIII received a total of 74applications from June up to September 2016.
Qualified beneficiaries of the said program were given a starter kit worth Php10,000.00 and can choosefrom these livelihood projects: Health and Wellness (massage, cosmetology, spa, reflexology), House Repairs, (plumbing, welding, electrical servicing, appliance repair), Food Processing (native snack preparation and other food and beverage preparation), Personal Accessories Repair &Maintenance, Handicraft, Priority goods under One-Town-One-Products scheme and Agriculture-related projects.
Before these livelihood starter kits were released, OWWA RWO VIII see to it that the beneficiaries have the necessary social preparationsand gave them a one-day Entrepreneurial Development Training to aid with business planning and enhanced their business management skills. The training was conducted into three different batches last November 9, 10 and 11, 2016 through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry-Province of Leyte.
This year a total of 182Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhayapplications were received by the Regional Welfare Office VIII and 131 starter kits were already released.
OWWA continues to implements responsive program that will help uplift the welfare and interest of every OFWs.