MAASIN CITY-The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration- Regional Welfare Office VIII (OWWA-RWO VII) released P1.15 million in cash assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and OFW dependents in Southern Leyte on Wednesday(March 29).

Governor Damian G. Mercado and OWWA-RWO VII Regional Director Aquilina C. Tarrobago led the official distribution of financial assistance and MOA signing for the establishment of OFW help desks in the province of Southern Leyte, held here.

At least 32 distressed and displaced OFWs in Southern Leyte received P20,000 cash aid each from the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPHP), under the
Reintegration program of OWWA.

The program provides aid to returning members-OFWs to help them start their own business as a start-up for the livelihood project.

Furthermore, OWWA-RWO VIII awarded P240,000 financial assistance to 11 scholars from the province. Nine scholars under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP) received 10,000 each, while five scholars received P30,000 from the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).

The scholars received assistance depending on the type of scholarship program they were qualified.

Meanwhile, an OFW dependent received cash aid worth P120,000 as death and burial benefit.

This program is open to qualified dependents of deceased active OWWA-OFW members. In addition, OWWA-RWO VIII granted P15,000 worth of medical assistance to two OWWA members.

Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, OHD Regional president Norman Victor M. Ordiz, and Family Welfare Officer of Southern Leyte Zoren C. Deguero were also present during the event.(PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF SOUTHERN LEYTE)