June 10, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in coordination with the Bontoc local government unit awarded checks to the beneficiaries of OWWA’s Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program.

The program aims to provide immediate relief to returning oversees Filipino workers (OFWs) who are either distressed or displaced by giving them a startup capital for business or livelihood project.

Labor Employment Officer III Jenelyn Caluza, who is also Bontoc’s migrant desk officer, said active members will receive P20,000 each while inactive members with two or more contributions will receive P10,000 and inactive members with one contribution will receive P5,000.

Golda Atiw-an and Emily Ann Bignalen are among the BPBH beneficiaries who received checks worth P20,000.

Bontoc Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., extended his gratitude to the OWWA for programs facilitating OFWs’ reintegration into the community.

“I encourage you to take full advantage of the support available and embrace the opportunities that await you here at home. Your experiences and skills acquired abroad are invaluable assets that can contribute significantly to the growth and development of our community,” he added

The turnover was led by Tudlong, Mountain Province Family Welfare Officer Jesrael Martin and LEO III Caluza on May 16 at the Mayor’s Office. – Shannon Anthea S. Pagaduan and Christy Mae F. Che-es