Duly constituted associations of overseas Filipino workers can look forward to availing of livelihood assistance following the allocation of Department of Labor and Employment – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration some 300 million pesos to support the livelihood undertakings of OFW organizations.

The program, dubbed Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang-OFWs, or Tulong PUSO program, 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.

The livelihood assistance is a one-time grant that ranges from P250,000.00 to P1,000,000.00 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 training 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 J. Cacdac said.

OFW organizations with accreditation from DOLE, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can submit a project proposal together with the documentary requirements to any of OWWA’s 17 Regional Welfare Offices nationwide, for evaluation.

The required documents are certificate of entrepreneurship development training (for start-up/formation), copy of DOLE/SEC/CDA registration, organizational profile with individual personal information, business permit issued by local government unit, business project (indicating or showing proponent capacity to put up an equity equivalent to at least 20% of the total project cost) and sketch of project site, and 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 encourage 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.



P300-M tulong-pangkabuhayan inilaan sa mga organisasyon ng OFW

Maaaring makatanggap ng tulong-pangkabuhayan ang mga organisasyon ng overseas Filipino worker (OFW) matapos maglaan ang Department of Labor and Employment – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ng P300 milyon para suportahan ang mga gawaing pangkabuhayan ng mga samahan ng OFW.

Ang programang Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang-OFWs, o Tulong PUSO ay naglalayong tulungan ang mga samahan ng OFW sa pagbubuo, pagpapalakas, o muling pagbuhay ng mga proyektong pangkabuhayan sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng raw materials, equipment, tools and jigs, at iba pang serbisyong pangkagalingan.

Ang tulong-pangkabuhayan ay isang beses lamang ipagkakaloob mula P250,000.00 hanggang P1,000,000 ayon sa pangangailangan ng negosyo at bilang ng miyembro ng organisasyon ng OFW na nagnanais makatanggap ng tulong.

“Ang Tulong PUSO ay isa sa mekanismo ng DOLE-OWWA upang hikayatin ang mga samahan ng OFW na magtayo ng negosyo. Kasama ang mga katuwang na ahensiya tulad ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at Department of Agriculture (DA), magsasaagawa kami ng enterprise development training at iba pang social preparation intervention upang bigyan ang samahan ng OFW ng sapat na kaalaman at kakayahan upang tiyakin ang tagumpay ng kanilang piniling proyektong pangkabuhayan,” ani Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac.

Maaaring magsumite ng kanilang project proposal, kasama ang mga kinakailangang dokumento ang mga samahan ng OFW na may akreditasyon sa DOLE, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) o sa Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sa alinmang 17 OWWA Regional Welfare Offices sa buong bansa, para sa pagsusuri.

Ang kinakailangang dokumento ay ang certificate of entrepreneurship development training (para sa start-up/formation), kopya ng DOLE/SEC/CDA registration, organizational profile na may individual personal information, business permit na inisyu ng lokal na pamahalaan, business project (kung saan nakasaad o nagpapakita ng kakayahan ng proponent na magkaroon ng equity katumbas ng 20% ng kabuuang halaga ng proyekto) at sketch ng project site, at board resolution na nagtatalaga ng business manager (sa ngalan ng samahan/organisasyon) karapatan na mag-sumite ng aplikasyon para sa Tulong PUSO Program (na may notaryo).

Naniniwala ang DOLE-na ang programang Tulong PUSO ay hihikayat sa mga samahan ng OFW upang magtatag ng mga produktibong gawain na naaayon sa mga pangunahing layunin ng pamahalaan na magkaroon ng sama-samang pag-unlad sa rehiyon at sa buong bansa.


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