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P2.8B OWWA 2018 budget approved

SENATOR Sonny Angara yesterday said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be getting for the first time government allocation for its operating requirements, thanks to the new OWWA law.

“Sa halos apat na dekada mula nang naitatag ang OWWA, ito ang unang pagkakataon na makatatanggap ito ng pondo mula sa gobyerno. Dahil dito, mas mapapalakas nito ang mga programa at proyekto na layong tiyakin ang kaligtasan at kapakanan ng ating overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at kanilang mga pamilya,” said Angara, author of Republic Act 10801 or the OWWA Law of 2016.

Under the law, OWWA is declared as a national government agency and an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), and would be receiving government funding instead of relying solely from the contributions of its OFW members called the OWWA Fund.

OWWA is the lead government agency tasked to promote the welfare of OFWs and their families.

For 2018, the OWWA has a total budget of P2.876 billion -- P1.96 billion from the OWWA Fund and P916 million from the national budget.
    
The P916 million will cover the personnel services requirement of the entire agency, and the maintenance and other operating expenses for general administration and support. It also includes the P50-million allocation for the implementation of the emergency repatriation program.