Filipina overseas workers who have just returned from abroad can now avail themselves of livelihood assistance from the government.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), along with the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 7, launched the “Balik-Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay Project,” which prioritizes Pinay workers displaced by conflicts, especially in the Middle East.
DOLE 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga said they have allotted funds for the project.
Financial assistance and skills training for alternative livelihood are among the services the DOLE 7 and OWWA 7 for the overseas workers.
OWWA 7 Director Wilfreda Misterio said the program will help Filipino women excel by providing them with proper training and knowledge.
She said they are offering several livelihood projects locally so residents have the chance to prosper without going abroad.
Among the alternative livelihood training are health and wellness such as spa and reflexology, personal accessories and repair, jewelry-making, handicraft-making, processing of native delicacies, and house repairs such as electrical services and plumbing.
The project is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Cebu City Government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and some non-government organizations.
The project will be implemented nationwide. (PNA)