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2014 Regional MOFYA Winners Announced

November 10, 2014
2014 Regional MOFYA Winners Announced

The OWWA Regional Welfare Office III announced its winners for the land-based and sea-based categories of the Search for the 2014 Regional Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) on 20 October 2014 at the Bliss Hotel, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. A total of five nominees, 3 from the land-based sector and 2 from the sea-based sector, participated in the annual event.


The 2014 MOFYA for the land-based category was awarded to OFW Reynaldo C. Cachuela and family from Talugtog, Nueva Ecija, while Capt. Glicerio Cunanan and family of Arayat, Pampanga won the 2014 MOFYA for the sea-based category.


OFW Reynaldo worked for Riyadh Central Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as Spinal Cord Injury Nurse until 1988. From 1989 until 1996, he worked as one of King Fahad’s  six personal nurses at the Royal Palace Clinic. His wife, Aida worked at Riyadh Maternity and Children‘s Hospital, also in KSA, as staff nurse for 2 years and got promoted as Head Nurse before returning for good in the Philippines in June 1996 after working abroad for 12 years. Their children are now successful in their chosen careers as nurse, accountant and engineer, while the couple continues in helping their kababayans with Reynaldo joining the Free and Accepted Mason of the Philippines in 2011.


At a young age of 23, Captain Glicerio Cunanan has already fulfilled his responsibilities and dreams to his parents.  He provided them a house and lot. While working abroad, he was able to provide financial support to his parents and his relatives. Coming from humble beginnings, he rose from the ranks, starting as Apprentice Mate and retired as Captain in 2011. In the 31 years of working abroad, Captain Glicerio and Nelia were able to save put up their  own water-refilling station in July 2012.


In her welcome remarks, OWWA RWO3 Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes congratulated all the nominees of the 2014 Regional MOFYA. She commended that the families deserve to be called model OFW families for overcoming the challenges and obstacles of migration. “Kailangan naming gawin ito because we want to tell you that we are not only happy and glad that you have made it, that you are successful but because we are proud of you and we want you to become examples to our communities.”


“Please serve as examples. Our model families will serve as exemplars to all OFW families especially in region 3. Kasi sa panahon ngayon, medyo iba ang motibasyon ng ating mga OFW. Marami tayo ngayong problema  na kinakaharap. Hindi lang problema na gawa natin kundi pati yung mga problema na hind natin gawa tulad ng mga giyera o political crisis. Ngayon gusto po naming kayo na maging spokesperson din naming na despite everything you won over the challenges,“ she added.


The 2014 Regional Selection Committee was led by DOLE Chief Labor and Employment Officer Alejandro Inza Cruz, and OWWA RWO3 Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes. Moreover, the Committee was composed of representatives from the different sectors of the society: Fr. Arnulfo Magdaleno F. Serrano, Director of Pampanga Archdiocesan Migrant Desk; Ms. Mylene S. Soberano, FaMA-SSAP President; and Ms. Antonet A. Evangelista, Globe Telecoms Store Manager.


MOFYA, now on its tenth year, is a national search for model OFW families in all 17 regions of the country. The OWWA aims to give recognition to the outstanding achievements of OFWs and their families. It focuses on families who have fostered strong family relations in the absence of a family member, have been able to properly manage the financial benefits of overseas employment and have gained recognition in the community through community service.