Bulo-based OFW org receives 500k livelihood grant from OWWA

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Cordillera office of the  Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-CAR) led by OIC Regional Director Luzviminda C. Tumaliuan awarded to the United Returned Bulo OFW Association PhP100,000, the first tranche of  the livelihood grant amounting to a total of 500,000 pesos in a ceremony held today at Barangay Bulo.

The grant is under OWWA’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-unlad ng Samahang OFWs (OWWA’s Tulong Puso Program), a livelihood assistance granted to support OFW organization to start-up their project as a source of income.

Director Tumaliuan said that the United Returned Bulo OFW Association is the first OFW-based organization in Kalinga to receive said assistance from OWWA adding that the program is intended to aid OFWs whose livelihood was affected by the pandemic.

“Ammu tayu met nga nagadu ti napaawid nga OFWs naawanan ti trabaho, nagsakit, nadepress, ken ti dadduma ket adda pay natay, daytuy nga program, Tulong Puso, ket ni-revive ti OWWA babaen iti Board of Trustees iti OWWA inapprove da ulit nga iaward kadagiti groups nga adda napintas nga project proposals na,” she said.

She congratulated the association’s members and officers for their effort in preparing and processing the requirements adding that she hopes their livelihood project will prosper and for the group to maintain their cohesiveness.

“We congratulate your organization, gamin haan kayu laeng nga nag-form iti group yu nu di kitdi nagaget kayu pay nga nang-prepare kadagiyay requirements specially project proposal ket sapay kuma ta agballigi, agboom tu daytuy nga grocery store yu… anyaman dagiyay objectives ti grupo yu, ket matupad, sapay kuma ta diyay cohesiveness yu ket agtultuloy tapnu kasta agprosper daytuy negosyo yu,” she said.

Aside from the grant, OWWA will continue to monitor the association and their business and will provide trainings for the development of the organization and the group livelihood project.

Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero praised the group’s initiative and thanked OWWA for the assistance since the OFWs were severely affected by the pandemic.

The awarding was witnessed by Emmanuel Barcellano, Senior Labor Employment Officer who represented DOLE-Kalinga Provincial Head Ms. Avelina Manganip and PESO Officer Ms. Mai Lani Labo.

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