Thirteen displaced overseas Filipino workers from the towns of Valladolid and Murcia in Negros Occidental received P5,000 in financial assistance each from Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, in a program held at the Capitol grounds yesterday morning.
The beneficiaries were part of the 100 displaced Negrense OFWs, who are recipients of the Gender Responsive Intervention to Covid-19 and New Normal Project, funded through the Provincial Gender and Development budget.
GAD provincial action officer, Marie June Castro, said that OFWs from the municipality of E.B. Magalona, and the cities of Victorias and Talisay have already received similar assistance, while beneficiaries from San Carlos City and Calatrava are scheduled next week, a press release from the Capitol said.
A total of 100 displaced OFWs were also beneficiaries of the program in 2020.
The provincial government is also giving assistance to the families of Negrense OFWs, who died due to the Covid-19 infection abroad.
Lacson said that the provincial government is always concerned and supportive of Negrense OFWs and their families, the press release said.
He also urged everyone to be open to vaccination against Covid-19 once the vaccines become available.
The activity was attended by Provincial Committee on Migration and Development vice chair Sally Barrios, also a former OFW, Ana Lim of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, and engineer Jojo Amugod, Jennifer Melliza, and April Duran of the Special Projects and Concerns Division, among others.*