The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has extended financial assistance to 14 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from E. B. Magalona who were displaced or in distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The beneficiaries received their aid today, March 16, in a ceremony held at the Mayor's Office.

Under the "Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay!" program of the OWWA, nine OFWs were given P20,000, three received P10,000, and two got P5,000. The amount varied depending on the OWWA membership status of the recipients. The program provides a package of livelihood support/assistance to returning OFWs to offer immediate relief as start-up or additional capital for their livelihood project.

The distribution of checks was led by Sangguniang Bayan Member Isidro Gomed Jr., representing Mayor Marvin Malacon, and OWWA-6 OIC-Regional Director Rizza Joy Moldes. They were assisted by several officials, including the Municipal PESO Manager, the OWWA overseas workers welfare officer, and representatives from OFWs organizations.

According to Liza Borja, the Municipal OFWs Help Desk focal person, this is the third batch of OFWs from E. B. Magalona who have received livelihood assistance from OWWA this year. The first batch of five OFWs received aid on January 12, while the second batch of nine OFWs received assistance on March 3. (PR)