BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Regional Offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) last week released a total of PHP 1,092,790.00 as livelihood support to workers in the region during the 2019 Labor Day Job Fair opening program at the Baguio City High School Main Campus.

DOLE-CAR Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman awarded the checks totaling to PHP 372,828.00 to 19 individual livelihood beneficiaries. The livelihood check, ranging from PHP 18,000.00 to PHP 20,000.00 are for their income-generating activities on food vending, baking, longanisa making, soft broom production, bakery sewing, body-bag making, laundry services, food cart, peanut butter production, production of soya and beauty parlor services.

The DOLE also released to the Cordillera Women Weavers’ Association a check amounting to PHP 499,965.00 to enable their woven and knitted project undertaking to grow into viable and sustainable business.

Director Guzman added that the livelihood assistance granted are based on the real needs of workers and of the community. The beneficiaries also underwent social preparation activities, registration of the association under the DOLE rural workers association and organizational meetings among others.

Aside from DOLE, OWWA released the PHP 20,000.00 amount of check to 11 former overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who returned to the Philippines to start anew.

OWWA Regional Director Manuela Pena said the assistance is under the “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanap Buhay Program” of their office for returning OFW’s.

“The amount is a grant accessible to active OWWA members who suffered socio-economic cause of migration — di nakatapos ng kontrata sa (those who were not able to finish their contracts) abroad because of health problems, employment contract violation and others,” she said.

She further said that OFW’s are also given the chance to return to the country and pursue an economic enterprise.

END/Patrick T Rillorta

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