THE OVERSEAS Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Cordillera Administrative Region through its Family Welfare Officer in Ifugao awarded P120,000 on March 14 the death and burial benefit to the family of deceased Mario Sernadilla Guico in Lamut town.
The assistance is given by the Owwa to beneficiaries of deceased overseas Filipino worker who have active membership status at the time of death under its Social Benefits Program.
Guico worked as a driver in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for six years but because of kidney problem, he was repatriated back to the Philippines on May 2016 to undergo medication.
Unfortunately, he succumbed to death on December 26, 2016 while his Owwa membership coverage was still active. He left behind an unemployed wife with two minor children with nobody to support their financial and educational needs.
In addition, the Owwa under its Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) also extended scholarship assistance to Rechellen Nel Peralta, the youngest child of the deceased OFW.
Rechellen, who is presently enrolled as a second year high school student will receive P8,000 annual financial assistance under the ELAP scholarship of OWWA.
The financial assistance will increase to P10,000 per annum once she will be at the college level until she graduate provided she will maintain a passing grade.
Glenda Guico will also be given an additional capital for her rice farming for the purchase of fertilizer and insecticide amounting to P15,000 upon completion of the necessary documentation.
The livelihood assistance component of the ELAP is given to the surviving legal heir of the deceased OFW for the family to be able to start or expand an existing livelihood project which will augment family income. (Floribel Sales/OWWA–CAR)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on March 24, 2017.
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