MANILA, Philippines- Over a hundred repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) benefited from the â€œBalik-Pinas-Balik Hanapbuhayâ€ program.
This program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is designed to help the OFWs sent home get to their own feet by being self-employed. In partnership with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), OWWA offered skills and livelihood trainings to these balikbayans. They also provided them with self-employment starter kits.
According to Jean Jover, the OWWA family welfare officer, there are six legs of this trainings. Some of these trainings were already conducted in Iloilo where there are around 25 attendees per session. After the training in Antique, this month, the last leg will be done in Roxas City, Capiz.
A budget of P494,700 has been allotted by OWWA for the six-leg training. The program started last December, which focuses on massage, a “hilot,” and reflexology.
Through this program, OWWA assures repatriated Filipinos in Kuwait, who are yet to come home, do not have to worry anymore of how they are going to start anew back home.