Around 962 beneficiaries of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) members who are from the municipalities of Sta. Fe and Bantayan in Bantayan Island received P4,905 each last March 6.
This is part of the Cash-For-Work Assistance Program (CWAP) that provides temporary employment for a period of 15 days to active OWWA OFW-members or their families in northern Cebu affected by the super typhoon Yolanda.
Dineza Gelle Espejo, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, said that the CWAP also aims to help affected communities and local government units with the rehabilitation of damaged government infrastructures and the construction of shelters.
“Ang tumong ug tuyo ani nga programa aron mas mabati nila nga apil sila sa pag-rehabilitate sa mga damages nahimo sa typhoon Yolanda (The main purpose of this program is to make them feel that they are involved in the rehabilitation of the damages caused by typhoon Yolanda),” Espejo said.
“Imong tan-awn gamay ra kaayo na ang P4,905 compared sa ilang (As you can see, P4,905 is just a small amount compared to their) allotment but the impact is their participation in the program in rehabilitating the town,” she added.
Rosemarie Desuyo from Barangay Suba, Bantayan whose son is a seaman said that the program made her happy because aside from earning money, she also helped her community through cleaning the streets and planting trees.
The program includes the clearing of debris, planting of trees and ornamental plants, landscaping, and repainting of the municipal park.
Based on the certification from the Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC), the program covered 15 municipalities and one city in northern Cebu that were badly hit by super typhoon Yolanda, including the municipalities of Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Medellin, Madridejos, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Borbon, Tuburan, Tabuelan, Poro, San Remegio, Pilar, Sogod, Tabogon , Tudela, and Bogo City.
The Cebu Provincial Government together with the OWWA launched the program last September 2014.