In line with its 20th year anniversary, the Villar Foundation is extending livelihood grants to seven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who sought the help of the foundation through its Sagip-OFW program.
Cynthia Villar, Managing Director of the Villar Foundation, personally met with the seven OFW beneficiaries and handed them the livelihood assistance packages at a simple gathering yesterday at Max’s Restaurant at Starmall, Shaw.
“Many OFWs who are either repatriated or returned to country on their own, have a difficult time restarting their lives here. They need help in the form of jobs and livelihood opportunities. The livelihood assistance we extend to them are just enough to get them started, it is up to them to make their small business grow,” Villar said.
The seven OFWs who received the livelihood packages are: Simeon A. Cerezo, Shally Mar Cruz, Romiely Daguplo, Joanalin Pascua, Joselito V. So, Jovita Tallada, and Jose Gerardo Vasquez. All of whom are former OFWs in the Middle East, except for Tallada who was from Singapore.
“We are aware that it is not enough to repatriate distressed OFWs, we need to help them get reintegrated as productive members of the society. Tinutulungan namin sila sa abot ng aming makakayanan, dahil alam namin ang hirap at sakripisyo na kanilang kinakaharap (We try to help them in every way we can because we know the harships and sacrifices that OFWs are facing),” cites Villar.
Daguplo and Pascua were two of the three OFWs from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) repatriated by the Villar Foundation last May. Daguplo, who is pregnant, said she does not want to be a burden to her mother who is a househelp in Las Pinas. Pascua needs to support her three children. Both OFWs have set up a small carinderia (eatery) and sari-sari store.
Cruz, who was repatriated from Syria in November last year, has just given birth recently and sought assistance to provide for the needs of her newborn child.
The other OFW beneficiaries—Tallada, Cerezo, Vasquez and So—due to their advanced age are having difficulty finding employment . Thus, the livelihood packages will be a source of income that will enable them to support their respective families.
The Sagip OFW program of the Villar Foundation extends various forms of support and assistance to OFWs: repatriation, medical, livelihood, skills-up training, scholarships among others. In November, it will again stage the OFW & Family Summit, which provides livelihood and business opportunities to OFWs and their families. Over 5,000 attended the summit last year. It is in partnership with GoNegosyo. ###

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