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OWWA XI Regional Director orients Department Heads of IGACOS

November 14, 2014
OWWA XI Regional Director orients Department Heads of IGACOS

OWWA–RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido was invited to present the programs and services of OWWA last September 29, 2014 at the Conference Room of IGACOS City Hall, Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal. Participants were department heads of the city government. The orientation aims to provide proper information on the function of OWWA as a government institution, tasked to protect and promote the well-being of all overseas filipino workers (OFWs) and their families. Since the department heads are the one responsible in the implementation of each program of the city government, it is important to orient them what are the appropriate services and assistance for the OFW clients.


Director Bellido disscussed the nature of OWWA as well as the programs and services offered to all OFWs and their families.  He explained the sources of funds of the agency and what is the use of the contributions being paid by the OFWs.  He said, “that every OFW is entitled to avail of the benefits and services like the social benefits, education and training assistance, workers welfare assistance program, repatriation, and reintegration program”. Dir. Bellido likewise, discussed the purpose of establishing an OFW Help Desk at the City, which is to bring the services of OWWA closer to the people. The roles of the LGU and the Administration stated at the Memorandum of Agreement was precisely presented by Dir. Bellido. After the discussion, the participants were glad to know the programs and services offered to the OFWs and their families. Ms. Rosabel V. Jusguan,  PESO Manager, was thankful and honored for bringing the services of OWWA in their locality. “With this complete information, we were able to understand everything about OWWA. We will ask for the approval of the MOA from the Council to authorize the honorable Mayor to sign it”, said Ms. Jusguan.

The Island Garden City of Samal has a total of more than six hundred (600) landbased and seabased OFWs. The city government is willing to render services to OFWs and their families who wish to seek for assistance from their office. With the establishment of OFW Help Desk in the area, OFWs and their families who  need immediate assistance will be assisted immediately. City Administrator, Guillermo E. Olden, gave appreciations to Dir. Bellido for the concised and well-delivered orienation. He encouraged all Department Heads to extend the knowledge gained to others especially to the families of OFWs so that many will be informed and can avail of the services of OWWA.