DOLE-OWWA PROVIDES LIVELIHOOD ASSISTANCE TO OFW ORGANIZATIONS
Updated: Jul 22, 2019
Vol. 1 No. 1 DECEMBER 2018
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) spearheaded by Secretary Silvestre Bello III has allocated P300 million to support the livelihood undertakings of OFW organizations through Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang-OFWs, or Tulong PUSO program.
Tulong PUSO aims to provide assistance to OFW organizations for the formation, enhancement, and restoration of livelihood projects in the form of raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, and other support services. This one-time grant ranges from P250,000 to P1,000,000 relative to the requirements of the business project and the number of members of the OFW organization applying for the grant.
"The Tulong PUSO is one of DOLE-OWWA's mechanisms to encourage OFW organizations to engage into viable and sustainable livelihood undertakings. Together with partner agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Agriculture (DA), we will be conducting enterprise development trainings and other social preparation interventions to equip the OFW groups with the right knowledge and skills to ensure the success of their chosen livelihood projects," Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said.
OFW organizations with accreditation from DOLE, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or the Securities and Exchange Commission can submit a project proposal together with the following documentary requirements to any of OWWA's 17 Regional Welfare Offices nationwide for evaluation:
1. Certificate of Entrepreneurship Development Training (for start-up/formation)
2. Copy of DOLE / SEC / CDA Registration
3. Organizational Profile with Individual Personal Information
4. Business Permit issued by Local Government Unit (LGU)
5. Business Project (indicating/showing proponent capacity to put up an equity equivalent to at least 20% of the total project cost) and Sketch of the Project Site
6. Board Resolution designating a Business Manager (on behalf of the group/organization) authorized to file the application for Tulong PUSO program (with Notary Public)
DOLE-OWWA is optimistic that the Tulong PUSO program will embolden the spirit of the OFW organizations to transcend from being mere social circles by venturing into productive, enterprising community - based endeavors that are aligned with the priority areas of the government in national and regional economic development and inclusive growth. [K]