OWWA Program – OFWs Need to Avail

OWWA Program brings positive impact among OFWs ( Overseas Filipino Workers ) who are also a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

OWWA Program - OFWs

I am pretty sure that thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers can relate to my story, especially those whose employment was put under a retrenchment program. A lot of us are indeed adversely affected by this pandemic. In fact, the moment our area was placed in lockdown early April 2020, I was already in panic mode as I cannot stop myself from thinking about my  wife and children in the Philippines. Weeks have passed and I still got compensated until our Australian boss called up to inform me that I was among the fifteen (15) employees that the company has been compelled to lay off due to the pandemic.

Going Back Home With Uncertainties – Thanks to OWWA Porgrams

Hearing such bad news from my boss was not a big surprise to me actually as I already anticipated its happening. However, this came too soon so much so that I cannot think of words to explain to my wife and children that in two week’s time, I will be with them in the Philippines but this time, it would be for good. A week after, I found myself out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport along with not only my baggage but also with doubts of what the future holds for me.

I returned to my hometown when the whole province was under the strict implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). However, my savings from working abroad for ten years dried up considering the continuous escalation of prices of even basic commodities.

Well, I have no one to blame as all of us really strive to survive in this pandemic. Despite this, I am still thankful for my family, relatives, and friends whom I can always depend on when the necessity arises.

It was a sunny Saturday morning when my high school classmate, Efren, happened to deliver his selling product when I was done fixing some fences in our backyard. To be honest, I was a little bit hesitant to narrate what happened with my employment abroad yet little did I know that what was just a chit-chat would open up a new opportunity for me to venture out.

Efren was also an OFW for six years until he chose to stay in the country for good as there was no one to look after his old parents. However, unlike other OFWs, he managed to put up a small eatery located near his house through availing the OWWA Program. At present, he is working on the expansion of his bungalow house as his gift to himself for his unwavering hard work in his business.

The OWWA Program referred to by Efren is the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program, a livelihood assistance package which is a one-time money assistance to OFWs not more than PHP 20,000 as start-up capital. I was surprised upon hearing that I could also avail of this program through submitting the following requirements:

  1. Application Form with a manifestation that the cash assistance to be given will be used solely for self-employment or livelihood business;

2. Certificate of Entrepreneurial Development Training;

3. Business Plan approved by the OWWA Regional Welfare Office Director

3. Passport, travel documents, or even airline ticket as proof of repatriation to the Philippines.

As of this writing, I am just waiting for the release of the check issued by the Regional Welfare Office of Region III . I already told Efren that I applied and was qualified for the OWWA Program. In fact, I am looking forward to our meet-up this month to discuss some matters relevant to my start-up business.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Girlie G Obillo

    Hello po waiting po ako para sa seminar. Paanu po ba ung business signage, /ofw business signage. Wla pa po ako tindahan, gusto po sana dto sa bahay ko mag sari-sari Store po paanu po un wla pa akong pang materyales para sa tindahan at puhunan sa sari-sari Store po. Anu po ipapasa ko hinihingi ung business signage. Salamat po

  2. Argeza A.Soriano

    Pano po mama avail ng balik pinas hanabuhay?San oo makakakuha ng balik pinas hanap buhay ofw form?salamat oo sa lag tugon

  3. Giny C. Mangsat

    paano po kung namatay ang asawa ko abroad tas hindi naman po kami nauwi ng p9nas sa loob ng tatlong taon at need po pala lang bayaran ang membeship sa embassy sakabila ng malayo po ang distination sa sa city atkung umuwi man po week ends na wala nang pasok Ang makukuha lang po pala eh para sa burial na 20K sapat na po ba yun para sa dalawang minor na anaj jo at aging mom na need ko pong buhayin at mabigyan na magandang future. kung may rebit man 2k plus lang po Hoping and praying na matugunan nyo po ito sobrang hirap po lalo nat pandemic d po ako makapg umpisa lalo nat may edad din na po ako para mamasukan pa sa mg co.

  4. Jemamil Vi M. Piquero

    Magandang araw po maam paano po ba maka avail ng balik pilipinas balik hanapbuhay program, saan po ba makahingi ng form,
    Terminated ofw po ako ng hongkong nkauwi last April 2020

  5. Maria Gemma A. Abaigas

    Ma’am, waiting po ako sa seminar,Paano po ba yong business signage/ofw business signage?. wala pa po ako tindahan, gusto ko po sana dito sa bahay ko magtinda paano po wala pa ako puhunan para sa Frozen Food. ano po ipapasa ko hihingi po ang business signage. sana po maturuan nyo ako.
    Salamat po

    1. Good morning, Maria Gemma.

      Discuss po nila yan sa inyo during the seminar about sa business plan mo. Kailangan mo lang na ilista mo ung gusto mo na i-open na negosyo at assist ka nila during sa pag-process sa planned business mo.

      Kung may katanungan ka pa , check OWWA RO , https://www.owwabenefits.com/owwa-regional-offices/ .

      Good luck po sa inyo.

  6. Arlene santos

    Good day po mam/sir,
    Ako po mo c Arlene santos ofw po nakauwi po ako Aug. 2020. Tanong ko lang po sana san po makakakuha ng form para sa balik pinas balik hanapbuhay po gusto ko po mag apply dun para pang dagdag sa puhunan ko sa sari sari store ko po.

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