Ang Caviteno Newsweekly February 12-18, 2018 Issue - Page 5

OPINYON Pebrero 12-18, 2018 OWWA’s Balik–Pinas, BalikHanapbuhay assists distressed OFWs to start over MANY Filipinos still opt to go abroad in search for greener pasture but not all overseas workers find success, there are others who are caught in bad situation or experience that force them to come home weary, penniless and beaten. Rosana (not her real name) had a big dream for her family when she went to Cyprus to work as a domestic worker. Sadly, she met a bad employer who treated her inhumanely, in addition to the overwork but underpaid employment status. There is also the story of Ana (not her real name) who applied for a work abroad as a babysitter. She was forced to take care not only the two children of her employer but also their pets, four dogs and four cats. She tried to endure the situation but she developed skin allergy due to the pets. She came home with rashes and hives as reminders of her unfortunate experience. For distressed OFWs like them, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) offers the Balik–Pinas, BalikHanapbuhay program that among others provides P20 000 cash assistance to help them start a livelihood project or expand PAGHARANG SA TRAIN by Priscilla Pamintuan SAGASA sa kakarampot nang sahod ng mga manggagawa ang Train Law ng rehimeng Duterte. Pinababasura nila ito, habang inilalaban ang pagbasura sa kontraktuwalisasyon at pagkakaroon ng pambansang minimum na sahod. “Puro kangkong na lang bibilhin ng mga namamalengke.” Linggu-linggong namimili si Aling Nene sa palengke ng Tandang Sora sa Quezon City. Nagluluto siya sa bahay para sa pamilya, pero nagluluto rin para sa mga katrabaho sa isang opisina ng NGO sa Quezon City. Tulad ng maraming namamalengke, pansin niya ang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin pagtuntong ng Enero ngayong taon. “Umabot sa P220 na ang baboy. 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