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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012


OWWA-XI continues entrepreneurship assistance for OFWs

by Carina L. Cayon

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 19 (PIA) –-The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here continues urging Overseas Filipino Workers to avail of the reintegration program that would prepare them to become entrepreneurs in their own country.

OWWA regional head Zenobia Caro said that the OFW Reintegration Program would still be provided this year for returning migrant workers who will be trained on entrepreneurial skills development through free trainings and seminars.

The entrepreneurial training and seminars would train OFWs how to invest and set up their own businesses, Caro said over DXRP-Radyo ng Bayan’s Talking Points on Tuesday.

“Our role is to provide free entrepreneurship training to prepare migrant workers make their business plans,” she stated.

She said that the reintegration program would provide the OFWs loan assistance from a minimum of P300,000 to as much as P2 million that would be coming from the P2 billion funding set nationwide.

The OWWA-XI head said that her office has endorsed several loan proposals last year to the partner financial provider Land Bank of the Philippines.

Caro disclosed that the first training/seminar schedule of the reintegration program for this year would be set on February.

She said that other regular welfare programs would also continue this year citing the assistance for the distressed OFWs who could avail of a livelihood support of P10,000 each.

Education and training benefits on skills and technical courses are also open for interested OFWs, Caro said.

Meanwhile, Caro disclosed a plan of strengthening the OFW help desks at the local government units in an effort to provide wider assistance to migrant workers and their families.

“We’re planning to forge a lot of OFW help desks at the LGUs,” she stated, adding that this could also prevent aspiring migrant workers to fall from the trap of illegal recruitment and trafficking in persons (TIP).

She also suggested that returning OFWs could be tapped as volunteers to help in the advocacy campaign against illegal recruitment and human trafficking. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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