The long awaited Lacson Fund amounting of 2 Million Pesos (SR 140,000.00) from his pork barrel is now finally in its first implementation stage. The said fund is intended for our distressed Filipino workers in the Kingdom.
The amount is part of the 5 million peso amount pledged by Sen. Lacson for Barya Mo, Buhay Ko, which started initially as a program but which has become an association for purposes of registration with the SEC.
The fund could not be released due to the Kingdom strict procedures and formalities that have to be followed regarding funds donated for humanitarian causes. In compliance to the rules, BMBK is now named Tulong Pag-asa sa OFW, Inc. (TUPA, Inc.).
Today July 13, 2006 at 4:00 PM, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office headed by the Incoming Labor Attache Rustico De La Fuente will have a meeting with Filipino Community Organizations in the formation of the Evaluation Committee and the Fund Management Committee, which shall coordinate with POLO in the release of funds to the intended beneficiaries.
In the mentioned meeting, OFW Congress-Riyadh will be represented by Executive Council Vice President Engr. Jaafar Angkaya and VP for Welfare and Protection, Engr. Dante Pangcoga.
Hoping that the Committees involved in the disbursing of funds must ensure integrity in transparency of operations as their acts and role is crucially important. The members should police its own activities by voluntary measures of self-restraint and supervision.
However, 2 Million Pesos is just a small amount intended for many beneficiaries, therefore the committee should further study how to replenish the amount, like fundraising projects for the purpose.
After all, I believed this is a good start initiated by the POLO office to unify Filipino community organizations in the Kingdom for the welfare of our distressed OFWs.