Distressed OFWs Receive Livelihood Kits From NRCO Caraga
A total of 24 distressed female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) received livelihood starter kits with hair and make-up products under the “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” Program of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) last June 14, 2019.
Officials from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) attended the event at the DOLE-Agusan del Sur Provincial Field Office in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.
OWWA-RWO Caraga officer-in-charge Ma. Ireen Cambaling, DOLE Agusan del Sur Provincial Head Jocelyn Bastareche; San Francisco Peso Manager Rosario Tutor, and Laurence Tinampay, Executive Assistant of Mayor Jenny De Asis distributed the starter kits to the female workers.
The recipients received a two-day Hair and Make-up Skills Training with the Bellamoda Make-up and Beauty Lounge conducted last November 24-25, 2018 at Romyr’s Events Place, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. NRCO states that the starter kits serve as additional equity to the established Salon and Massage Clinic under the OFW Family Circle known as Sulong Mt. Diwata OFW Dependents and Association in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.
Livelihood Opportunities For Returning Female OFWs
The NRCO created the “Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay!” (BPBH) Program in 2011 to provide female OFWs with a self-employment opportunity to start a livelihood after their repatriation. This reintegration program comprises of livelihood skills training and starter kits distribution for female workers under the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Resource Centers (MWOFRC) in the Philippine Overseas Labor & Offices (POLOs).
Returning female OFWs are one of the eligible beneficiaries for this program. However, the NRCO will prioritize female OFWs displaced from ongoing conflicts in different countries and victims of illegal recruitment, trafficking, and other instances causing the displacement of female household workers.
OFWs who wish to apply for the BPBH program must submit their requirements to the nearest or preferred DOLE Regional Office based on their businesses’ chosen location. Beneficiaries also receive start-up kits based on the training seminar they decided in the program. Distressed workers obtain cash benefits from the program, whether the recipient is an active or inactive member of OWWA.
“There is hope for a distressed returning distressed worker,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said in an interview last March 24, 2019.