The coronavirus pandemic has severely affected Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). Many of the country’s makabagong bayani has been displaced and sent home to the Philippines without a job to sustain their families.
To help our kababayans, the Couples for Christ (CFC), one of the world’s largest family-oriented groups, launched the “Tawid OFW Program” that aims to assist repatriated OFWS. (Read: Prayers for Those Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic)
Adopt an OFW Family
Under the program is the Adopt an OFW Family initiative in coordination with the bishops’ Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
According to Bro. Jess Ferrer, CFC Migrants Program head, the goal is to help the recipients generate income and reintegrate them with their families and communities.
“The program aims to shorten their dependency on the dole-outs and to reintegrate the family into the society equipped with livelihood skills,” Ferrer said. (Read: 7 Prayers of Enlightenment for Hopeless Situations)
Aside from helping in the daily sustenance of the OFW, the initiative requires their families to join in values formation programs.
More than 10 million OFWs are deployed all over the world. Because of the pandemic, an estimated 300,000 OFWs have lost their jobs—a figure that may reach 500,000 by December. Meanwhile, 200,000 OFWs have been repatriated.
“The untimely termination of their contract left the OFWs unprepared with little or zero savings,” Ferrer said. (Read: Knowing Your Money Personality Can Lead to More Money in the Bank!)
In a survey by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas from 2007 to 2018, 97% of OFW families depend on the remittances for their daily needs. Only 38% of these have the ability to set aside some savings and only 6% of OFW households have some form of investment.