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Two BPBH beneficiaries share their stories on how they start business with 10K livelihood assistance
Two former Overseas Filipino Workers who availed of the Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! (BPBH) shared their experience working overseas, and reintegrating with Php 10,000 as a start-up capital for their respective livelihood ventures.
Raquel Rosal was a public school teacher before she decided to work as an office assistant in Dubai.
She stayed there for seven years but came home for good for her two younger children.
“Kailangan ko nang bumalik kasi walang tututok sa pag-aalaga ng tatlong anak ko. Mahirap kapag nasa ibang bansa, ‘di mapagtuunan ng pansin yung mga anak ko kaya nag-desisyon na ‘kong umuwi ng Pilipinas,” said Rosal.
“Reintegrating was difficult because I lost my source of income,” said Rosal. So, when she received her BPBH grant from Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), she set up a carinderia in Mambajao, Camiguin.
Rosal earns an average of Php 40,000 per month from her carinderia business. A year after receiving her BPBH livelihood starter kit, she was able to improve her space and added homemade ice cream to her menu.
“Di talaga ako nagsisisi na umuwi ako ng Pilipinas dahil masarap na kasama mo yung pamilya mo habang nagtatrabaho ka,” she said.
Another story is from OFW Marina Pacturan who worked as domestic helper in Malaysia and in Kuwait for close to 15 years.
In 2010, she and her husband David opened their home to tourists and turned it into an income- generating undertaking.
She used her OWWA NRCO Balik Pinay!, Balik Hanapbuhay! livelihood grant to bankroll the Camiguin Blue Lagoon Cottages' diner which she now dreams of transforming into a restaurant.
“Sa cottage, kapag hindi peak season Php 30,000.00, pero kapag peak season nasa Php 60,000.00 to Php 70,000.00 per month,” Pacturan said.
“Malaking tulong po ang BPBH dahil dito natuto po ako kung paano i-manage ang business ko at paano ko i-handle ng tama yung perang kinikita namin. Nagpapasalamat ako sa NRCO, DOLE at DTI dahil natulungan kami na magkaroon ng sarili naming negosyo at kaalaman sa paghahanapbuhay,” she added.
The BPBH is a livelihood program of OWWA-NRCO for distressed women OFWs.
Since 2011, there are 11,317 women OFWs who have availed of this livelihood grant. ### (photo and story by Liz Zambarrano)