More than 40 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers yesterday received P5,000 in financial assistance each, from the provincial government of Negros Occidental, during a ceremony held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City.
The recipients, who came from 11 local government units of Negros Occidental, form part of the second batch of beneficiaries under the Gender Responsive Intervention to COVID -19 and New Normal project funded by the 2021 Provincial Gender and Development budget, according to Executive Assistant and GAD Focal System action officer Marie June Pavillar Castro.
In a statement issued by the Capitol Public Information Office, the beneficiaries, accompanied by their respective Migrant Desk Officers and/or OFW Federation Presidents, came from the municipalities of E.B. Magalona, Murcia, Valladolid, Calatrava, and Hinoba-an, and cities of Sipalay, Kabankalan, Bago, Talisay, Escalante, and Victorias.
Twenty OFWs who are still to claim their financial assistance include those from Hinigaran and Sagay City.
Aside from Castro, also present during the turnover rites were Salvacion Barrios, president of the OFW Negros Occidental Federation; April Joy Duran, Community Affairs Officer III and Migrant Resource Center staff; and Provincial Treasurer’s Office disbursing officer Roxane Gajo.*