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Admin Calzado promoted the "One-Stop Processing Center" where vacationing OFWs can renew their OECs in various locations.

OWWA-TFC Officials renew their ties on the OWWA-TFC MOA Signing at Restaurant 9501, ABS-CBN Building, Quezon City on 14 December 2015

Left to Right - Lawrence Reyes, Ailene Averion, Alesandra Dela Cruz, Admin Rebecca Calzado, Dir. Carmelina Velasquez and Dir. Albert Valenciano.

With the OWWA Directors and Vehnee Saturno
With Emcee Top 10 Ms. Universe Finalist 2014, MJ Lastimosa
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year 2015

The landbased winner is Engr. Robert L. Ranchez and Family from Region I

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year 2015

The seabased winner is Nestor S. Tubongbanua and Family from Region VI

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year 2015

The landbased winner is Engr. Robert L. Ranchez and Family from Region I and Nestor S. Tubongbanua of Region VI from the seabased category.

For the Special Award - Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects, Robert V. Guansing and Family took home the bacon
For the Special Award - Outstanding Achievement for Entrepreneurship, Husna S. Sabtal and Family were awarded
TFC and OWWA renew ties to support overseas Filipinos' journey outside the homeland and back

The premier network for overseas Filipinos and the government agency responsible for the welfare of migrant workers launch Abot-Kamay, a music video speaks of service within reach


December 14, 2015 (Quezon City, Philippines) – The Filipino Channel (TFC), the Filipino network truly in the service of Filipinos worldwide, and Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWWA), the agency tasked to oversee the welfare of migrant workers, renew their commitment to serve the overseas Filipinos (OFs) in formal ceremonies today at the Restaurant 9501 at the Eugenio Lopez Communications Center (ELJCC), EL Drive, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.


TFC and OWWA, partners for the latter’s Pre-Departure Orientation Program (PDOP) and information dissemination efforts since 2013, sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) anew which now takes a more 360 degree approach – from pre-departure to return.  Part of this approach is to explore other communication tools to reach out to the overseas Filipino audience.


Committed to serve Filipinos in every part of the world, TFC and OWWA now launches “Abot Kamay,” a music video that assures Filipinos who have chosen the path of overseas work that OWWA is within reach wherever they are in the world.  Currently, OWWA has 31 posts (Philippine Overseas Labor Organization or POLO) in 27 countries.


Written and composed by Vehnee Saturno and performed by one of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” top five performers KZ Tandingan, the song tells the OFs that wherever their journey brings them, OWWA provides them the avenues to enrich their lives and those of their families through its counselling, information-dissemination efforts, legal assistance and outreach programs.


To be able to enjoy the benefits of these programs, especially its education, repatriation and reintegration programs, OFs are encouraged to join as members.  As members, the OFs can enjoy information and counselling programs pre-departure; outreach and assistance programs in-region, and livelihood and financial programs upon their return.


According to Administrator Rebecca Calzado this is where TFC’s role is crucial.  “As a government agency, we have available means to reach Filipinos who want to depart for work overseas, those that are already in their chosen destinations and even those who have come home.  But with TFC’s reach and expansive platforms, we know we can encourage OFWs to become members, inform them about our programs and increase participation to our programs.”


Since 2013, TFC has been supporting OWWA beyond its PDOS program and seminars.  Aside from the counselling program, TFC has been sharing information on OWWA’s programs and events through its exclusive programs “Balitang Global,” and “TFC Connect” and via its community billboard “Global Post (What’s Up in the Middle East)”.   Just this December, TFC supported OWWA’s Model OFW Family of the Year at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).


ABS-Global Ltd. Asia Pacific Branch Managing Director Ailene Averion shares that TFC’s partnership with OWWA is its fourth partnership for the year but each one has its own merits.  “OWWA is a key agency for us as it helps us reach out to transient Filipinos who have chosen to work overseas on a temporary basis.  Our initial goal was to engage the OFWs even before they left for other countries.  But years since we first entered into a partnership, the areas for synergy have gone beyond the usual and has covered even their return to the homeland.”


Averion ends, “TFC and OWWA are bound by a common goal to serve OFWs in their chosen second homes but it does not end there.  We need to seek more ways to bring this service a notch higher which starts today as we launch ‘Abot Kamay’ through which we hope to provide comfort to the OFWs with the thought that like a true Kapamilya, both TFC and OWWA are not that far.”


The music video ‘Abot Kamay’ was produced by ABS-CBN Global Ltd.’s Marketing Communications team headed by Jay Santiago, Audie Avecilla-Riola and Charles Bautista.  The MUSIC VIDEOmusic video was produced by Maureen Paril with coordination by Rowena Lucero.


This December, TFC will once again support OWWA as it mounts its Family Day in Naga City, Bicol.


With a common track, a passion to serve OFWs and the countless opportunities that are available, service can truly take many forms for both TFC and OWWA.