BAGUIO CITY: The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration- Cordillera Administrative Region (OWWA – CAR) recently shared with overseas workers and returnees and their families the blessings of Christmas.
OWWA – CAR headed by regional Director Manuela Peña hosted the annual OFW Family Day at the Baguio City National High School gym for 700 OFWs and their families.
OWWA also distributed livelihood starter kits to 20 OFW returnees who have undergone Dimsum preparation skills training. The starter kit includes a steamer, frying pan and assorted cooking utensils.
The training and starter kits assistance is under OWWA’s “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay” program that aims to help OFW returnees start a livelihood so that they can earn extra income for their families as they stay in the country.
More than 100 OFW dependents were also awarded scholarship certificates. Six are under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), 16 under the Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) and 92 under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP).
The EDSP and CMWSP are regular OWWA scholarship for deserving and qualified OFW dependents, while the ODSP is a scholarship for dependents of OFW who are earning abroad $400 and below.
Six OFWs who want to upgrade their skills were also awarded with technical vocational training scholarship under OWWA’s Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program or SESP.
OWWA also awarded Pamaskong Handog sa Pamilyang OFW, a P3,000 Christmas gift to 13 OFW families, one each from the 13 Benguet town which the local chief executives themselves nominated.