23 June 2021 – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration regional office (OWWA-CAR) presented its programs and services during the meeting of the city’s barangay captains, June 22, at the Baguio Convention Center presided by councilor Michael Lawana, Association of Barangay Councils – Baguio president and assisted by special services division head Noel Mabutas.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Baguio City Police Office director P/Col. Glenn Lonogan, and general services office head Eugene Buyucan also joined the meeting.

OWWA-CAR administrative assistant Floribel Sales said these are the Collective Assistance and Restoration for Emergence (CARE) Program that supports the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act of 2020” and provides integrated assistance and services to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, both in-country and on-site.

Others are the Uwian Na Program; DOLE-AKAP financial assistance; Educational Assistance through Scholarship in Emergencies (EASE); Tabang OFW Program; Project Alalay sa Pag-aaral para sa mga anak-OFWs sa Panahon ng Pandemya (PAP); Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Pag-unlad ng Samahang OFWs (Tulong Puso); and Agapay sa Naulila ng OFW (Agapay Progam).

Also included are the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO); Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! (BPBH); Livelihood Development Assistance Program (LDAP); “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir” (SPIMS); Byaheng Agri-preneur; and the NRCO-ISP (Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines) Business Plan Competition.

Sales likewise shared the agency’s other new and enhanced programs and services including a free basic computer training for OFWs and their dependents for greater employability and better career opportunities.

For more information on OWWA-CAR’s programs and services, you can call 422-1809 (landline); 0999-9949296 (Smart); or 0917-5001294 for Globe users. – Gaby B. Keith