Owwa gives jobs to Cebu survivors

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Monday, March 10, 2014


MORE than 2,000 typhoon Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu will benefit from the cash-for-work assistance program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa).

Meanwhile, the P109.9-million Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) fund for 2014 will be realigned for the rehabilitation and recovery projects.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement with Owwa Administrator Carmelita Dimzon for the implementation of the cash-for-work program.

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Owwa identified eight local government units in Cebu where the program will be implemented. These are Daanbantayan, Pilar, Tabuelan, Tudela, Madridejos, Poro, Bantayan and Sogod.

Out of more than 6,000 applicants, only 2,107 qualified. The beneficiaries are family members of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are active members of Owwa as of Nov. 8.

Qualification

The spouse or child of legal age of a married OFW qualifies for the program. For unmarried OFWs, their parents or siblings may avail of the program’s benefits.

Under the program, beneficiaries will be employed from a minimum of 15 days to a maximum of 30 days and get a salary of P327 a day plus insurance coverage.

The first phase of the project will involve a budget of P10,545,535.

Owwa 7 Regional Director Wilfreda Misterio said that it will be up to the local governments to identify what kind of work will be given to beneficiaries.

She said the entire program will benefit about 4,500 to 5,000 beneficiaries in Cebu Province.

Second batch

She said applications of those who were not chosen for the first batch will be assessed for the succeeding phases of the program.

The second batch will include towns of Sta Fe, San Francisco, Tuburan, San Remegio, Tabogon, Borbon, Medellin and the city of Bogo.

A consolidated program of work will be submitted by the Province to the Owwa.

The local government units are required to submit a certification of completion at the end of 15 days.

Magpale thanked Owwa for the project.

The Owwa board of trustees approved P50 million for the cash-for-work program for Yolanda-affected areas in the country.

The funds will be given to the Provincial Government that will, in turn, release it to the concerned local government units.

During the regular session of the Cebu Provincial Board (PB), Gov. Hilario Davide III got the authority to realign the PDRRM fund so that it can be used for the rehabilitation of areas affected by the Oct. 15 earthquake and typhoon Yolanda.

PB Member Grecilda Sanchez filed the resolution upon the request of PDRRM officer Neil Sanchez.

Provincial Budget Officer Danilo Rodas said that with the realignment, a bulk of the PDRRM fund will go rehabilitation projects. About 30 percent of the fund will be used for quick response activities, he said.

The PDRRM fund is used for disaster preparedness, post-disaster and disaster risk reduction programs. It is also used for relief and recovery activities.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 11, 2014.

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