Photo from Marhom Ibrahim/BIO
COTABATO CITY—A total of 65 OFWs received financial assistance during the 41st founding anniversary celebration of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-BARMM) on May 3, 2023, held at the Mall of Al Nor in this city.
The event provided immediate financial aid to returning OFWs as a start-up or additional capital for livelihood projects, and support for those who have suffered difficulties and victims of natural or man-made disasters.
Under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program, a total of Php705,000.00 was distributed to 54 distressed OFWs, while another Php60,000.00 was given to 10 qualified beneficiaries under the program of Humanitarian Assistance for Saudi Claims (OWWA-HASC).
Additionally, the OWWA-BARMM gave Php220,000.00 to an OFW’s dependent as death insurance.
OWWA BARMM Regional Director Habib Malik, BARMM Senior Minister Abunawas Maslamama, and Deputy Minister of Labor and Employment Tommy Nawa led the said event.
Director Malik vowed that the organization will continue to provide services to former OFWs as well as active members of OWWA. He encouraged OFWs to avail themselves of the services offered by the office and to seek help if they encounter difficulties.
Meanwhile, BARMM Senior Minister Maslamama emphasized that the Government of the Day is working closely with OWWA to provide relevant programs for OFWs, stating that “We work together with OWWA to ensure that all necessary support is provided to Bangsamoro OFWs in their pursuit to improve the socio-economic condition of their respective families.”
The event also included a general orientation of programs and services as well as migration realities by OWWA BARMM Regional Director Malik.
The OWWA-BARMM remains committed to its mission to promote and protect the welfare and rights of OFWs and their families while strengthening partnerships with various stakeholders to ensure its continued success.
It has been instrumental in providing various programs and services to assist OFWs, including welfare assistance, repatriation, and reintegration programs that continuously evolve to meet the changing needs of OFWs, particularly during times of crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
The BARMM leadership seeks to generate more sustainable job opportunities in the region and elevate the living standards of its Bangsamoro communities in light of the recent economic boom in the area. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)