2nd batch of repatriated OFW from Saudi returns to PH

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   3195

MANILA – Forty-one overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s) from Saudi Arabia flew back to the Philippines last night.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo welcomed the second batch of repatriated OFW’s.

They are just some of undocumented OFW’s who have been granted exit visas under the amnesty program of Saudi Arabia.

Some of the OFW’s who arrived are mothers with their children.

Sec. Taguiwalo said the DSWD will be giving P5, 000 financial assistance to OFW’s with children.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will also be providing temporary shelter and travel assistance to the families who live far.

“Ang mga dumating ho ay galing sa Saudi na ang karamihan ay mothers with children, kapag parents with children kapag ganyan po tulungan po kami ng OWWA, Department of Labor at DSWD, Sec. Taguiwalo said. (Most of those who arrived from Saudi are mothers with children, or parents. If an OFW is a parent with children, we will work with OWWA and the Department of Labor and the DSWD.)

READ: Saudi Arabian gov’t to grant amnesty to undocumented workers

“Nagpapasalamat po ako kasi nakauwi ako kasi unang una gusto ko maksama anak ko pamilya ko mga magulang ko,” repatriated OFW Madonna Villegas said. (I am thankful for being able to return home. First, I want to be with my children, my family, my parents.)

“Kung hindi dahil sa amnesty hindi ako makakuwi nagkaroon ako ng anak kapit patalim ako doon sa Saudi eh kaya po ako nagasawa doon para may katuwang ako sa Saudi,” repatriated OFW May de Vera said.

(If it were not for amnesty, I could not have come back home. My life was hard in Saudi so I married a man there so someone could help me in Saudi.)

DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo said the Philippine government targets to assist about 7,000 OFW’s to return to the Philippines.

More Filipinos are expected to come home in the next days as the amnesty program will be only until end of June. – Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

Sta. Ana, Cagayan evacuees return home as flood subsides

Maris Federez   •   November 21, 2019

CAGAYAN, Philippines – As the rain quiets down in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, the evacuees who have occupied the town’s multipurpose hall queued to return to their respective houses.

Sixteen barangays in Sta Ana were submerged in water, affecting 377 families or 1,514 individuals, according to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the local government distributed relief supplies to the affected families before they set out to return to their homes.

“So far, ngayon Ma’am, nag-subside na po iyong tubig so safe na po silang pabalik sa kanilang bahay,” said social welfare assistant Hilda Bañezta.

Officials expect that the power supply will be restored by Thursday or Friday (November 22).

Meanwhile, the local government announced that classes in the whole province of Cagayan have resumed on Thursday except those in preschool and kindergarten.

Further suspension of classes at any level will be at the discretion of the local executives in the 20 municipal mayors in the province. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Bello tells OFWs: Be entrepreneurs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

Filipino household workers who were repatriated from Kuwait arrive at Manila’s international airport, Philippines, 21 February 2018. According to media reports, Cebu Pacific (CEB) airlines provided airlift support for at least 396 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were repatriated from Kuwait.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III has advised seafarers and other Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to go back to the Philippines and start their own business.

This was his message during the 2019 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition on November 8. The competition is an annual search for the best business proposals among seafarers.

In his message read by Undersecretary Renato Ebarle, Bello assured seafarers that the government, together with the private sector and non-government organizations, is always ready to help OFWs towards productive reintegration.

The competition aims to provide start-up capital, training, and mentoring for the winners and their proposed businesses.

Seafarer Gary Esguerra was hailed as this year’s winner for his “green” slippers business proposal.

Esguerra aims to replace disposable slippers, commonly provided by hotels and resorts, with ‘greener’ slippers made from abaca residue as soles and by incorporating seeds inside the slippers.

He also said the slippers will decompose easier compared to the regular disposable slippers. Esguerra received P500,000 as start-up capital.

Meanwhile, NRCO OIC-Director Roel Martin announced that a similar business plan competition for land-based OFWs is set to be launched in the first quarter of 2020.—AAC

9th OFW Summit in Pasay highlights concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurship

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – At least 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their dependents attended the 9th OFW and Family Summit held on Tuesday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The event, with the theme “Kabuhayan sa Sariling Bayan,” highlighted the concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship as well as business start-ups and trends.

The summit was spearheaded by the Villar Family through its foundation, the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and other government and non-government agencies.

“Masaya po kami dahil napakaraming kababayan na OFW ang nagpunta at nagpakita ng interes sa mga livelihood or business opportunities dito sa Pilipinas na maaari nilang paglagyan ng kinita nila abroad para magkaroon ng sariling kabuhayan dito sa atin,” Sen. Cynthia Villar said in a separate statement.

“Gusto talaga namin na maraming mahikayat na ang katuparan ng mga pangarap ay hindi lamang makukuha kapag tayo ay nag-abroad. Pwede din tayong magtagumpay sa sariling bayan natin,” she added.

Resource persons invited to the summit from various agencies discussed topics on financial literacy and provided guidance on how to seize opportunities and become entrepreneurs.

“Iyon ang intention namin na in the future na babalik sila sa Pilipinas, dapat y’ong mga pamilya nila, mayroon ng hanapbuhay na naghihintay sa kanila para pwede na silang mag-retire at mag-operate na lang dito sa Pilipinas.” Villar told reporters on the sidelines of the summit.

“Hindi nila kailangang magtayo ng restaurant kung ang galing mo care-giving; or ikaw ay graphic artist, pwede kang graphic designer at ‘yon ang iyong negosyo,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

Concerns of OFWs on where to find accredited recruitment agencies, what agencies to ask help from for problems abroad, and their rights as overseas workers were also tackled during the event.

Participants also enjoyed a raffle draw with prizes such as a house and lot, motorcycles, pangkabuhayan showcases, appliances, and other gadgets. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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