Seven needy OFWs extended livelihood grants.
In line with its 20th anniversay, the Villar Foundation is extending livelihood grants to seven overseas Filipino workers (OFW2) who sought the help of the foundation through its Sagip-OFW program.
I was lucky to be able to witness this event personally. Held last July 11, 2012 in Max’s Restaurant in Star Mall, Mandaluyong City, Cynthia Villar, Managing Director of the Villar Foundation, personally met with the seven OFW beneficiaries and handed them the livelihood assistance packages.
“Many OFWs who either repatriated or returned to country on their own, have a difficult time restarting their lives here. They need help in the form of jobs and livelihood opportunities. The livelihood assistance we extend to them are just enough to get them started, it is up to them to make their small business grow,” Villar said.
The seven OFWs who received the livelihood packages are: Simeon A. Cerezo, Shally Mar Cruz, Romielyn Dagguplo, Joanalin Pascua, Joselito V. So, Jovita Tallada and Jose Gerardo Vasquez. All of whom are former OFWs in the Middle East, except for Tallada who was from Singapore.
“We are aware that it is not enough to repatriate distressed OFWs, we need to help them get reintegrated as productive members of the society. We are trying to help them in every way we can because we know the hardships and sacrifices that OFWs are facing,” – cites Villar.
Mrs. Villar was very accommodating and warm to everybody that she even sit with us and join us over lunch. She’s really an interesting person, I must say. Her being down to earth and determination to be able to help those who are needy can be easily noticed from her. She doesn’t mind those negative feedback about Villar Foundation.
“I am determined to help in any way I can. Why would I waste my time for those who were just all negative about the foundation. I will only focus on those who wants to help and be with me in helping others,” Villar added.
Daguplo and Pascua were the two OFWs from United Arab Emirates ((UAE) repatriated by the Villar Foundation lasy May, Daguplo, who is pregnant, said se does not want to be a burden to her moter who is a househelp in Las Pinas. Pascua needs to support her three children. Both OFWs have set up a small eatery and sari-sari store.
Cruz, who was repatriated from Syria in November last year, has just given birth recently and sough assistance to provide for the needs of her newborn child.
The other OFW beneficiaries — Tallada, Cerezo, Vasquez and So — due to their advanced age are having difficulty finding employment. Thus, the livelihood packages will be a source of income that will enable them support their respective families.
Villar distributed the grocery packages from Puregold to the seven OFWs who expressed gratitude to the Villar Foundation for the livelihood support.
The Sagip OFW program of the Villar Foundation extends various forms of supporrt and assistance to OFWs: repatriation, medical, livelihood, skills-up training, scholarships among others. In November, it will again stage OFW and Family Summit, which provides livelihood and business opportunities to OFWs and their families. Over 5,000 attended the summit last year. It is in partnership with GoNegosyo.
The realization of the vision will continue on: more sources of livelihood will be initiated, efforts to protect the environment will be strengthened, more needy Filipinos will be assisted, and more lives will be changed for the better.
I really enjoyed my time spent with Mrs. Cynthia Villar. I felt happy that there are still fellow Filipinos who extends their hands to the needy with all their heart.
Villar Foundation Website: http://www.villarfoundation.org/