Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-unlad ng Samahang OFWs (Tulong – PUSO) Livelihood Project

The Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-unlad ng Samahang OFWs (Tulong PUSO) program represents an advancement in the support provided to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) looking to reintegrate into the Philippine economy. Unlike traditional financial aid initiatives, Tulong PUSO emphasizes the power of collective effort by requiring participants to be part of an OFW group or organization with a minimum of five members. This approach not only encourages the distribution of financial grants but also promotes peer support, knowledge exchange, and shared accountability among members, which are aimed for the success of entrepreneurial ventures. By fostering a community-centric model, the program seeks to strengthen the foundation for sustainable business operations and enhance the resilience of returning OFWs as they navigate the complexities of starting anew in their homeland.

Beyond mere financial assistance, Tulong PUSO serves as a critical lifeline for returning OFWs, empowering them through entrepreneurship and facilitating their contribution to the Philippines’ economic growth. With over PHP 26 million already disbursed to support 71 OFW family circles, the program’s impact is evident in the creation of an average of 4.7 jobs per business and a 95% improvement in the income and quality of life among beneficiaries. These achievements align with national development objectives and underscore the government’s commitment to leveraging the skills and experiences of its beneficiaries for domestic prosperity.

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Credits: OWWA Region 02 Cagayan Valley / Facebook

What is the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-unlad ng Samahang OFWs?

Tulong PUSO goes beyond simply providing grants. It encourages collaboration and community building by requiring applicants to be part of an OFW group or organization with at least five members. This fosters peer support, knowledge sharing, and collective responsibility, which are important for entrepreneurial success.

Significance of the Program

The program transcends mere financial assistance, giving a lifeline for returning OFWs and driving economic growth in the Philippines. Faced with reintegration challenges due to the pandemic and pre-existing factors, its beneficiaries find support through this initiative. The program empowers entrepreneurship, fosters job creation, and strengthens communities through group participation. 

As of February 2024, over PHP 26 million has been disbursed, supporting 71 OFW family circles and their ventures. Studies show big impact: businesses create an average of 4.7 jobs, and 95% of beneficiaries report improved income and quality of life. This aligns with national development plans and legislation, highlighting the government’s commitment to empowering its migrant Filipino workers. Tulong PUSO is not just a program; it’s an investment in Filipino resilience, building a stronger nation where returning OFWs can thrive and contribute to a brighter future.


  • One-time financial grant: Up to PHP 1 million to support start-up, expansion, or restoration of eligible businesses.
  • Comprehensive support: From pre-orientation webinars to site inspections, OWWA equips beneficiaries with the tools and skills they need to succeed.
  • Opportunity for growth: Not just a financial boost, the program empowers beneficiaries to become entrepreneurs and job creators, contributing to the local economy.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Distressed OFWs: Must intend to stay permanently in the Philippines.
  • Registered OFW group/organization: Minimum 5 members, 80% OWWA members, and 20% others (family, undocumented migrant workers).
  • Business proposal: Demonstrating feasibility, viability, and alignment with program objectives.
  • Complete documentation: Including registration certificates, business permits, and financial statements.

Step-by-Step Guide How to Apply for Tulong PUSO

  1. Form an OFW group/organization.
  2. Register with DOLE, SEC, or CDA.
  3. Gather required documents.
  4. Submit application online or at OWWA Regional Welfare Offices.
  5. Attend pre-orientation and training.
  6. Business proposal evaluation and site inspection.
  7. Grant approval and release in tranches.
  8. Regular monitoring and evaluation.

Success Stories / Recent Updates

OWWA-7 Conducts ‘Parokya’ Activities in Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor

OWWA-7 recently organized ‘Parokya’ activities in various locations, aiming to enhance the information dissemination campaign of OWWA’s programs and services and promote effective financial literacy among migrant workers and their families at the barangay level. These activities also facilitated the formation of OFW organizations and family circles (OFCs) in the respective areas.

OWWA’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang OFWs: Empowering Migrant Workers to Start Their Dream Businesses

The Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Pag-Unlad ng Samahang OFWs program by OWWA aims to assist qualified migrant workers in starting their desired businesses by providing capital ranging from P150,000 to P1 million.

OWWA RWO XII and DTI XII collaborate to enhance the skills of 52 beneficiaries through the Tulong PUSO Program

The training, led by Ian Louise Doctolero and Rhenell Bautista, focuses on bookkeeping, inventory management, and effective marketing strategies. OIC-Regional Director Christelyn R. Caceres emphasizes the agency’s commitment to empowering individuals for successful business ownership.

RWO8’s Successful 3rd Tranche Tulong Puso Grant Release Empowers SBOFA and Inspires Other OFW Family Circles

The Saint Bernard OFWs and Families Association (SBOFA) has achieved remarkable success through their determination and hard work. With the support of OWWA and RWO8, SBOFA has utilized the Tulong Puso Livelihood Grant to establish a thriving “Massage and Wellness Spa” business, increase their income, and contribute to the betterment of their community. The recent release of the final tranche grant of P150,000.00 marks the completion of the P500,000.00 grant, bringing SBOFA closer to their goal of providing a better life for themselves and their families. Their inspiring journey serves as a beacon of hope for other OFW Family Circles in region 8, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and create a brighter future.

Acknowledging the Support for Overseas Workers: A Message of Gratitude

In recognition of the invaluable support from various organizations such as the Overseas Family Circle Barangay Paltok Chapter (QCPESO), Public Employment Service Office (LGU), Overseas Worker’s Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), International Labour Organization (ILO), and Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA), one of the beneficiaries, Laura Pascual, expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the assistance they received. The agency’s continuous support and provision of livelihood opportunities have greatly contributed to the well-being and comfort of their fellow kababayans in their community.

Business Monitoring for Tulong PUSO Recipients in Region 2

Led by OIC Regional Director Virsie B. Tamayao, a team conducted a coordinated business monitoring activity in Allacapan, Cagayan to ensure the successful implementation and progress of Tulong PUSO recipients’ businesses. The visited businesses include Capagaran OFW Association, Capanickian Norte OFW Association, and Kapanickian Sur OFW Association, who have already received their initial grant of Php 200,000.00. The monitoring process is a step for these groups to qualify for the release of the second tranche, amounting to Php 500,000.00, from their 1 million grant under the program. The OWWA team involved in the monitoring includes Family Welfare Officer Crista Marie Buco and Admin. Staff Lars Cruz.


Video: OWWA Region 1 Testimonials: OWWA Tulong PUSO Program

The Sta. Catalina OFW Family Circle of Ilocos Sur expresses their gratitude to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for their Rice Retailing Business, which was funded through the OWWA Tulong PUSO Program. This program provides a one-time livelihood financial grant to support the business plans of OFW groups, recognized by DOLE, CDA, and SEC, for both start-up and expansion purposes.



Tulong PUSO is not just a program; it’s a testament to the government’s commitment to empowering Filipinos. By providing essential support and fostering collaboration, it equips distressed OFWs with the tools they need to turn their dreams into reality, contributing to a more resilient and prosperous nation. So, if you’re an OFW ready to embark on a new chapter, consider exploring the potential of Tulong PUSO – a program designed to help you unlock your entrepreneurial spirit and build a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones.

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