Provincial officials and executives of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently drove to Daanbantayan to distribute the wages to the recipients under the Cash-for-Work Assistance Program. Personnel of the Provincial Treasurer’s Office took charge of the distribution at the town plaza starting at 10 a.m.
The program aims to assist the beneficiaries of overseas workers who bore the brunt of the fury of super Typhoon Yolanda. These beneficiaries were hired to clean the streets and waterways of the town after the calamity struck.
They were given a rate of Php 327 per day, the rate enjoyed by workers in Cebu City, for a period of 15 days. OWWA Region 7 Director Wilfreda Misterio justified the rate as the agency’s gesture of maximizing the help they can extend to the beneficiaries of the overseas workers who are duly registered with the agency.
Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale both praised the OWWA for its trust to the provincial government’s existing system in distributing the money.
In his message, Gov. Davide lauded the program, which was able to help the OFWs’ beneficiaries in coping up with the aftermath of the calamity.
Daanbantayan Mayor Augusto Corro shared the governor’s viewpoint adding that the program made the people feel the presence of both the provincial and national governments during those hard times.
Likewise, the program also made the OFWs feel that their contributions were able to help when needed. The town had 1,394 beneficiaries.
Pajo Barangay Councilwoman Rowena Valiente, whose husband Roberto is a seaman, said that the program made her feel that they are taken care of by the government, after having been excluded from post-typhoon dole-outs simply because she is an OFW beneficiary. The money was earmarked for her offspring who is now in second year college.
Mayflor Libongcogon, a teacher of Malbago Elementary School and whose husband Renato is an OFW, made use of the vacation to join the program and use her wage for the repair of her house.
Dodong Aguipo, whose son Mark Anthony is a training officer in Saudi Arabia, expressed his delight over the program’s big help as his house was badly damaged during the typhoon.
OWWA Deputy Administrator Josefino Torres enumerated other programs of the agency, such as college scholarships for OFW beneficiaries and accident and repatriation benefits for the workers themselves. College scholarships range from Php 20,000 to Php 60,000 per year for a four year course.
He then thanked the Governor and the Vice Governor for their sincere cooperation and participation in the program.