UPDATE: P20,000 na ang halaga ng ibinibigay na paunang puhunan ng OWWA!
The Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) is a non-cash livelihood support/assistance intended to provide immediate relief to returning member OFWs, active or non-active who is displaced from their jobs due to war/political conflicts in host countries or policy reforms controls and changes by the host government or is victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking or other distressful situations.
The assistance consists of 2-day techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial development training and livelihood starter kits worth ₱10,000.00 that will aid the beneficiaries towards self employment. This reintegration program is OWWA’s way of mainstreaming returning OFWs into Philippine society by way of self-employment or livelihood project as a means of income-generation for the family even after their overseas employment.
Among the preferred start-up businesses were Rice Trading, Hog Raising, Agri-Business, Furniture Repair, E-loading, Handicraft and Appliance Repair.
|A former OFW sets-up his own Cellphone Repair Shop, after training with TESDA and with the help of the BPBH Program of OWWA|
Most of the recipients ventured into rice-trading business given that rice is the primary staple food in our country and easy to trade. Majority of the distressed OFW-beneficiaries were females who worked as household service workers.
The OWWA Region 2, in collaboration with the DTI – Nueva Vizcaya conducted a one day BPBH Program to Overseas Filipino Workers on March 30, 2017 at the Livelihood and Pasalubong Center. 46 OFW participants attended the seminar. They were provided with the pro-forma of a Simplified Business Plan and each part of the plan was clearly explained as part of their workshop. The activity offered the financial amount of ₱10,000.00 to encourage the OFWs to start their business rather than go back abroad.
|OFWs who decided to stay at home and start a business finish their 2-day techno-skills and entrepreneurial development training|
In NCR, 24 beneficiaries of the BPBH Program completed their skills training and received their starter kits at the Ultima Entrepinoy Center in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City on 5 April 2017. On the other hand, 15 beneficiaries completed their skills training and received their starter kits at the Negoskwela Livelihood and Training Center in Diliman, Quezon City on 10 April 2017.
|OFWs in NCR Receive training as well as business starter kits|
In Cotabato City, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) has granted BPBH livelihood assistance to Forty (40) distressed, displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on April 18, 2017.
|A former OFW in Cotabato gets her Rice Distribution starter kit from OWWA.|
The BPBH Program of the OWWA is continuing, bolstered by the 2-Billion Peso allocation coming from President Duterte. For sure, many OFWs will avail of this repatriation program.
To know more, visit the OWWA Website.
This article is filed under: OFW News, Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program, OFW Kabuhayan Assistance