The Department of Trade and Industry through its Negosyo Center in Kabankalan City has partnered with the Public Employment Service Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for the conduct of a Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan forum for returning OFWs.
The forum aims to impart knowledge on the services of agencies which have a stake on OFW-related concerns. The conduct of activity would boost the awareness of OFWs of the different programs and services of each partner agency, according to Victor Alamon of the DTI Negosyo Center.
SPM Miguel Zayco, chairman of the Committee on Trade and Industry challenged the OFW to actively participate and get involved in the different recovery programs of the government.
Elma Bachita, City PESO officer said, “the City Government of Kabankalan has programs for OFWs. These are the “Balikabankalan”, a program exclusively for Kabankalan City residents which aims to provide P20,000.00 livelihood assistance to returning OFWs with the following reasons: who were sent home because of maltreatment of their employers and victims of illegal recruitment.
There is also the Welfare Case Instake which provides assistance to OFW with distress cases. The forum is in coordination with OWWA, DFA and POEA.
Mia Ojero, DTI Trade and Industry Analyst conducted a seminar on entrepreneurship, business planning and the different OWWA requirements to avail the grants. It is facilitated by Victor Alamon, DTI representative of Kabankalan.
The forum is one of the programs of Mayor Pedro Zayco, Jr., to address the need of returning OFW residents.