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30k 'Tabang OFW' subsidy for OFW dependents reaches 334 individuals in Central Luzon

City of San Fernando, PAMPANGA, January 18, 2021 - The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. III has released a total of P10.02 million cash assistance under the Tabang OFW program.


Tabang OFW program is part of the PHP1-billion package of “tabang” or tertiary education assistance for dependents of COVID-affected Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). It provides financial assistance of P30,000 each to currently enrolled children of OFWs affected by COVID-19 who must meet the admission and retention requirements of government, private colleges, and universities. 

 

In an interview, Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita said that the released P10.02 million is 100% of the initially allotted funds for the region. “As of January 17, 334 beneficiaries of the program have been approved for disbursement, and their financial assistance has already been received,” RD Campita said. 

 

Aljay Santos, one of the program’s beneficiaries, expressed his gratitude for the continuous support from the government to affected OFWs. “Napakalaking bagay nitong ibinibigay ng DOLE at may pambayad na rin ng tuition fee ang aking anak,” Santos mentioned. (This assistance from DOLE is a great help for the tuition expense of my child.) He was also a beneficiary of another program, DOLE AKAP for OFWs. 

 

Aljay has been a seafarer since 2007 and was forced to return to the country in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 threat. Today, while the economy is starting to recover, he is still awaiting for the resumption of his job. His second eldest daughter who is pursuing medical technology is to benefit from the financial assistance. 

 

Meanwhile, RD Campita remains thankful to all DOLE partners and other stakeholders who continue to express their support for the department’s various cash assistance programs. “We hope that in addition to CAMP, TUPAD, and AKAP, this one-time financial aid reaches the right hands and is used for its purpose. The government is funding school costs, so students can still continue their education amid their parent’s loss of job,” RD Campita said.

 

The release of Tabang OFW funds were facilitated through DOLE provincial field offices and were given in cash. Additional funds for Central Luzon are expected under the said program.


END/ A. Cunanan

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