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Dependent of deceased OFW receives livelihood assistance from OWWA XI

OWWA XI Regional Director Ron Lionel Bartolome (standing left) with Program In-charge Marjan Salazar (standing right) awarded the starter kit to Rexie Basal and his Lola Victoria.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office XI awarded a livelihood starter kit to Rexie Basal Jr., son of deceased OFW Helen Basal, a domestic worker in Kuwait who died of acute failure of blood circulation (stroke) last November 30, 2019. 

The assistance is in line with the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) wherein the surviving dependents of deceased OFWs will receive a livelihood assistance worth Fifteen Pesos (Php15,000.00). The program aims to provide a livelihood undertaking of their choice to sustain the needs of the surviving family. 

As a qualified dependent, Rexie, 21 years old, received a sari-sari store package worth Fifteen Thousand (PHP 15,000.00). OWWA XI Regional Director Ron Lionel Bartolome and Program In-charge Marjan Salazar awarded the items on March 4, 2020 at their residence in Brgy. Acacia, Buhangin, Davao City. 

Among the items he received include sacks of rice, salt and brown sugar, canned goods, cigarettes, liquor and other basic commodities that are saleable in the area. Since Rexie is still studying in college, the store is managed by his grandmother. It operated for several years already and the commodities he received will be added to their stocks to earn higher income.  “I am very grateful to OWWA for providing me this livelihood. The additional input can help us earn higher income. We have no other source of income since our mother died. Our daily needs and expenses came from the income of the store so we need to make this more productive,” said Rexie. He will assist his Lola in running the store during weekends and when there is no class. 

Apart from the livelihood assistance, Rexie is entitled to an educational assistance worth Php 10,000.00 per year being the beneficiary of his mother. “The scholarship grant will help me attain my dream to become a police officer,” he said. Rexie is now a freshman Criminology student in one of the maritime schools in Davao City. He has an older brother who is also studying in General Santos City. (OWWA XI)



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