Ilocano OFWs get organized as association

Ilocano OFWs get organized as association

LAOAG CITY —- To harness the potential of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) here, the provincial government through its OFW desk continues to formally organize them as an association so they could take advantage of government programs and services due them.

Of the 21 municipalities and two cities of the province, Dolores Cortez, OFW Desk Officer of Ilocos Norte, said Wednesday that there are four remaining towns which they have yet to organize. These are the towns of Sarrat, Piddig, Pinili and Dingras.

Composed of former OFWs who decided to stay in the province for good and current OFWs working in various parts of world, the association is meant to empower OFWs and their families to boost their income by properly managing their finances through investment or to avail skills training, livelihood assistance and loan package courtesy of various government institutions such as the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.

In partnership with the Ilocos Norte government, these government agencies have allocated funds to uplift the living conditions of OFWs and their families here.

On Wednesday, an organizational management training for OFWs in the region was conducted at the provincial Capitol cefeteria for them to informed and updated of the current government programs and services they may wish to avail, including their families here.

Once organized, Dolores said it would be easier for OFWs to take advantage of the programs and services of the government, including provision of health welfare assistance or a maximum loan of Php 100,000 for those who are ready to jump start a business.

For those who are qualified and interested to become a member of the OFW organization in their respective communities, Dolores said they may just visit their nearest municipality and inquire about the new OFW organization and services. PNA/