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May 3, 2016

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) celebrated its 34th Foundation Day yesterday, with the theme: “OWWA@34:... Kabalikat ng OFW at Pamilya”. The theme captures the long, solid years of dedicated service to OFWs and their families, via programs and services attuned to the needs of its clients.


The simple celebration of the agency’s anniversary began with the regular Monday morning flag-raising ceremony, and Holy Mass officiated by Father Resty Ogsimer, Executive Secretary, CBCP-ECMI. Leading the event was Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado, together with the OWWA Family. Highlight of the celebration was the conferment of Loyalty awards to deserving employees.


“As we celebrate OWWA’s 34th anniversary, we also recognize the loyalty and dedication of our employees to serve their clients the best they can. Everybody in OWWA is motivated to walk the `extra mile’ in attending to the needs of our members and their families. This has established a sense of rapport between OWWA and its clientele, and between clients and the government, in general, ”OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said.


The 34 years of OWWA’s existence, the OWWA Administrator added, bears witness to the agency’s brand of OFW-friendly agency that has touched the lives of hundreds of OFWs.


As the premier agency that takes care of the welfare and well-being of the OFWs and their families, OWWA does not only takes good care of its OFW clientele, but also makes sure that the employees are given due recognition as the backbone of the agency.


The 24/7 kind of service ingrained through the years, becomes the ‘brand of OWWA’s service’ as the men and women deployed abroad, as well as personnel at the central office and in 17 regional offices nationwide, are motivated to do their tasks, not just in a mechanical manner, but a kind of service with a ‘heart’.


As part of the Assist WELL Program of the Department of Labor and Employment, OWWA continues to contribute to the well-being of returning OFWs thru OWWA’s provision of welfare assistance, resolution of cases under the single-entry-approach (SENA) and training for entrepreneurship development thru the agency’s livelihood programs.


Given the opportunity to venture into business and become their own bosses, future OFW entrepreneurs will undergo rigid training in skills, knowledge and techniques, the technical-know-how in a life-changing world of entrepreneurship via the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training sessions. The rationale of the improved business training is to make sure that OFWs are well prepared to enter the world, which once was alien to them. This way, the entire gamut of the phases of entrepreneurship will be thoroughly discussed for the appreciation of the OFWs once they decide to continue and pass all phases of the livelihood training.


OWWA’s livelihood projects are in the form of the “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay” livelihood program and the 2B OFW Reintegration Program, a loan facility in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines. Hopefully, with these livelihood projects, OWWA remains positive that it will generate interest among returning OFWs to avail of the program offered to them by OWWA.


OWWA is looking forward to another meaningful year of service. It will continue to review existing programs and introduce new ones to improve the lives of OWWA members and their families.