TACLOBAN CITY – Ten overseas Filipino workers from Northern Samar received assistance under the Balik Pinas Balik Hanabuhay (BPBH) program of the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA).

BPBH is a program of OWWA for displaced OFWs who are either victims of physical abuse, discrimination, and affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic who preferred to go back to the country to start a new life.

The beneficiaries are from the towns of San Antonio, San Isidro, San Jose, Catarman, Bobon, and Victoria.

The OFWs worked in Kuwait, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Macau.

Livelihood assistance given to the OFWs depends of their status; P5,000 for those who are inactive with their OWWA membership but with one contribution; P10,000 for inactive OWWA membership and with more than one contribution, and P20,000 for those with active OWWA membership.

The distribution was held on December 16 and was graced by Governor Edwin Ongchuan.
Ongchuan, who tagged the OFWs in his message as modern-day heroes, highlighted the contribution of the OFWs to the economy of the country.

“By providing livelihood and financial assistance to them, the government is helping them recover from displacement brought by complexities abroad,” Ongchuan said.

Aside from the 10 OFWs, OWWA also turned over scholarship grants to two OFW dependents under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program.

The beneficiaries are from the University of Eastern Philippines, and Barangay Dalakit, both in Catarman town.