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OWWA-RWO XI recognized social partners and service providers during the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day

Davao City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office XI has successfully conducted the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day last June 7, 2017 at the Kadayawan Hall of NCCC Mall, Davao City attended by around 1,000 OFWs and their families from Davao City and the four (4) provinces of Davao Region.


The annual celebration is in pursuant to R.A. 8042 also known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 which aims to recognize the vital contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the national economy and to show the government’s resolve in protecting and promoting the welfare of OFWs and their families.


In line with this year’s theme: “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kalusugan at Kabuhayan ng mg OFWs”, the region resolved to give recognition to its social partners, outstanding OWWA scholars and OFW Family Circles (OFCs), successful OFW-entrepreneurs and service providers. On the side, the OWWA conducted free health and wellness services provided by the PNP Medical Team while Certified Massage Therapists from Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty and Wellness provided free hand, head and back massage to the participants.


Various products of the OFW Family Circles and some Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program beneficiaries were likewise showcased at the livelihood fair. Among the products displayed were handicrafts, food products, slippers, pillow cases, rugs, laundry soap and powder, among others.


The OWWA Regional Office XI gave recognition to fifty-three (53) Local Government Units in the entire Davao Region thru its Public Service Office (PESO) Managers and OFW Help Desk Coordinators. They were awarded with a Certificate of Recognition for their unwavering support in the promotion of OWWA programs and services through various empowering initiatives for the OFWs and their families.


Mark M. Alipio, a 4th-year B.S. in Radiological Technology student and a  grantee of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of OWWA received the 2017 Academic Excellence Award for being a consistent Dean’s Lister. Alipio, son of a Domestic Worker in Singapore, was one of the passers of the EDSP competitive examinations held nationwide in 2013. The 21-year old Mark from Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province, received a Plaque and a cash prize worth P3,000.00.


OFW couple Fernando and Lorybeth Alberto were cited for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship 2017 in Davao Region. They owned a grocery named “KEAN’s Store” in Caraga, Davao Oriental. Both were former OFWs in Taiwan. They decided to come back to the Philippines to establish their own business. They availed of the P2B Reintegration Program of OWWA and was able to secure a loan amounting to P300,000.00 which was used as additional capital for their grocery. Armed with entrepreneurial spirit, they succeeded in their endeavor. Their business became one of the largest grocery stores in the municipality of Caraga, Davao Oriental. They received a Plaque of Recognition and cash prize of P5,000.00.


Likewise, the Tagum City Federation of OFWs and Beneficiaries was awarded as the region’s 2017 Most Outstanding OFW Family Circle for promoting the welfare and well-being of its members through various socio-economic and capacity building interventions. The Plaque of Recognition was received by its Federation President, Mr. Kaizer Obenza including a cash prize of P3,000,00.


Partner government agencies like POEA, DTI, TESDA, DSWD, NBI, Philhealth, SSS, and Pag-IBIG provided basic and substantial information on their respective programs and services. Representatives from each agency addressed the various queries and concerns of the participants.


This year’s social partners like NCCC Mall Davao, Land Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Pag-IBIG Fund, and Paramount Life and General Insurance Corp. were likewise given a Plaque of Appreciation for their invaluable support in ensuring the success of this year’s celebration.


The event was graced by 3rd District Councilor and Chairperson for Migrant Workers Affairs, Hon. Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes and DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos representing Regional Director Raymundo G. Agaravante. Both delivered inspirational messages to the participants and showed support to the implementation OWWA’s programs and services.


The Honorable City Mayor, Atty. Sara G. Duterte – Carpio likewise gave her message of support which was read by OWWA XI Programs and Services Division Chief Carmelo T. Elaya.


OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido welcomed guests and participants while Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac delivered his message thru audio-video presentation.


The most awaited part of the program was the raffle draw. Each participant was entitled to a raffle coupon and had the chance to win fabulous appliances and cash prizes courtesy of this year’s corporate sponsors. 

The participants from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony (from right to left: DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director Evelyn R. Ramos, OWWA XI Regional Eduardo E. Bellido, Councilor and Chairperson for Migrant Affairs Hon. Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes and representative from RTWPB).
Mark M. Alipio, a 4th-year B.S. in Radiological Technology student and a grantee of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of OWWA received the 2017 Academic Excellence Award for being a consistent Dean’s Lister.
OFW couple Fernando and Lorybeth Alberto were cited for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship 2017 in Davao Region.
A Plaque of Recognition was awarded to Tagum City Federation of OFWs and Beneficiaries received by its President, Mr. Kaizer Obenza including a cash prize of P3,000,00.
PESO Managers and OFW Help Desk Coordinators from Davao Oriental received Plaque of Appreciation.
Free medical services rendered by the medical team of PNP XI.


OWWA opens provincial office in Rosales, Pangasinan

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has opened its provincial office in Rosales, Pangasinan, to bring its services closer to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in the OFW-rich province.


The OWWA Regional Welfare Office 1 (RWOI)- Pangasinan provincial welfare office (PWO) started its daily operations last 31 July 2017. The PWO is housed at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Eastern Pangasinan field office, located at the Government Center, Brgy. Carmay East, Rosales, Pangasinan.


Since 2012, the OWWA RWOI has been holding its satellite office at the DOLE Rosales, Pangasinan, with operations every Friday. But with the increasing clamor from OFW clienteles in Pangasinan and the volume of availment of services, the OWWA RWOI has endeavored to expand its operations in the province.


“This is very timely, especially that the OWWA programs and services are becoming more accessible and responsive to the needs of the OFW-members,” said OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta, Jr. “With the expansion of our programs comes the need to enhance the delivery of our services,” he added.


The Rosales PWO has been serving an average of 200 clients every Friday. Now with the daily operations, the number is anticipated to increase.


Among the services offered in the provincial office include public assistance, program availment, and collection of OWWA membership contribution.


The first OWWA provincial office in Region 1, the Rosales PWO is set to be formally launched soon, to be attended by the officials from the DOLE, Pangasinan Provincial Government and the local government of Rosales.


The OWWA RWOI will also maintain its other satellite offices in Pangasinan, such as in DOLE Dagupan every Wednesday; and DOLE Alaminos every Friday.


Pangasinan is known to be one of the OFW-rich provinces in the country. To date, there are 240, 433 active and inactive OWWA members from Pangasinan, comprising 54% of the total membership in Region 1. 

Clients at the OWWA Provincial Office in Rosales, Pangasinan watch OWWA personnel as they put up the signage at the provincial office, which will now operate daily to bring OWWA programs and services closer to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in the Pangasinan.


OWWA-ARMM accepts scholarship applications for S.Y. 2018-2019

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) continuously accepts scholarship applications for S.Y. 2018-2019.


Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)

The EDSP is a scholarship grant offered to qualified beneficiaries/dependents of active OWWA members who intend to enroll a 4-5 year baccalaureate course in any preferred colleges/universities. It shall be in the form of financial assistance amounting to a maximum of P 60,000.00 per school year.


This scholarship grant is offered to incoming freshmen and those already enrolled in college.


For incoming freshmen, applicants must be single not more than 21 years old, grade 12 and will graduate in 2018, and must have a General Weighted Average (GWA) of 80% above.


Applicants already enrolled in college must be single not more than 30 years old, must have an average academic rating not lower than 85%, and full load in the last school year, single and not more than 30 years old.


Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP)

The CMWSP is a scholarship program extended to deserving migrant workers and/or their immediate descendants who intend to pursue 4 or 5 year courses in the priority fields in Science and Technology. Educational assistance is P 60,000.00/year funds from the PCSO. The examination is administered by DOST.


Applicants must pass the qualifying exams to be administered by the DOST on October 15, 2017.


Applications to both scholarship programs may be filed at the OWWA-ARMM Regional Office not later than July 31, 2017.


Interested applicants may visit OWWA-ARMM Regional Office at the 2nd Floor, Mags Audio Building, Quezon Avenue, Cotabato City or may contact 09176220140 or (064) 421-7237.



A total of One Hundred Twenty (120) OFWs and dependents from Four (4) accredited OFCs attended the event. It was an initiative of the Lebak - Public OFW Desk Office spearheaded by Mr. Rusty J. Vilo supported by its Local Government Unit, Lebak OFW Family Circles and OWWA - RWO XII.Koronadal City – The Local Government Unit of Lebak in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII celebrated the Localized Migrant Workers Day last July 20, 2017 at Notre Dame of Salaman College Gymnasium, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat   dubbed as "Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs."


The event highlighted the various testimonies of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who shared their experiences of successes and challenges while working in the foreign shores. OFW Harris Ogatis, seafarer for two decades already said "Hindi madali ang trabaho ng isang OFW sa ibang bansa, ito po ay aming kinakaya para sa aming mga mahal na pamilya.Mahirap ang maging isang OFW pero masaya. "


Added to the fun is a Zumba Dance Contest participated by Four (4) OFW Family Circles who wore extravagant costumes, danced to the rhythm of lively music and performed extraordinary dance moves. 


Mr. Rusty J. Vilo, Public OFW Desk Officer, in his message emphasized the importance of the OFWs’ participation in the conduct of various events. He assured the participants that the activity will mark the beginning of more activities for them.


Officer-in-Charge Christelyn R. Caceres extended her salutation to the OFWs in Lebak emphasizing their selfless sacrifices for the betterment of their families left. She assured the participants that the agency will continuously provide innovative and accessible programs and services for them to avail.   


Furthermore, she is very hopeful that other Local Government Units in the region will likewise spearhead worthwhile activities for our Modern Heroes, the Overseas Filipino Workers. 

OFW Family Circles in Lebak with staff from OWWA XII
OFW Harris Ogatis sharing his experiences as an OFW
Participants from Blue Team amazed the audience with their unique dance steps.
Yellow Team actively prepares for their group yell.


The Local Government Unit of Lebak in partnership with its OFW Family Cricles (OFCs) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII spearheaded a Mangrove Planting Activity last April 21, 2017 at Brgy Taguisa, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.


A total of One Hundred (100) participants comprised of accredited OFW Family Circle members, Police Officers, Municipal Government employees and personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources wherein more than 400 mangrove seedlings were planted during the activity.


Mr. Rusty J. Vilo, Public OFW Desk Officer, extended his gratitude to various stakeholders, especially to OFWs, for their support to the said activity. He emphasized that initiating worthwhile activities for the environment are beyond recognition.


After planting, the OFCs also enjoyed various team building activities facilitated by OWWA XII. It aims to develop teamwork and improve one’s productivity.


Officer-in-Charge Christelyn R. Caceres congratulated the OFCs for the successful conduct of their mangrove planting activity. "Labis po ang aming kasiyahan na makita kayo na gumagawa ng mga kapaki-pakinabang na proyekto na tumutulong matugunan ang problema ng ating kalikasan., she added.


Mangrove forest is the fundamental element in the coastal ecosystem, and by planting some of the mangrove trees on the muddy banks of the river, one can help protect the environment shared by animals and fisher folks in the locality

OFW Erlinda Villar prudently plants a mangrove tree.
OIC Christelyn R. Caceres giving her message to the participants of the Mangrove Panting Activity.
Various stakeholders after the Tree Planting Activity
OFW Carla Castro proudly strikes a pose after she planted almost ten Mangrove Seedlings


OWWA Caraga Migrant Workers Day: A Huge Success

The 22nd Migrant Workers Day for Caraga Region was celebrated by six hundred and fifty two participants composed of the migrant workers or OFWs, their families and relatives, government and social partners, service providers, recruitment agencies, and as well as the working force at the Claver Municipal Multi-purpose Convention Hall on July 13, 2017, Tuesday.


OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in his message, emphasized how the agency continually develops and enhances its programs and services to meet the needs of its member OFWs, both active and inactive. “Dito po sa OWWA, layunin naming lalo pa kaming mapalapit sa inyo at lalo pang maging relevant, accessible ang mga programa namin para po sa inyo.”


Moreover, Hon Eddie P. Gokiangkee, Claver Municipal Mayor, took time to extend his gratitude to the Migrant Workers for the great positive impact that they contribute to the economy. “I am thankful to our OFWs who have kept our economy vibrant. It is beyond fitting to earmark a day to express our appreciation to them”.


Among the desires of the activity is to bring the services of both public and private sector closer and easily accessible to the participants. OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid acknowledged the support of the network of government agencies who work hand-in-hand in the promotion of the welfare of OFWs. PhilHealth, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Development Bank of the Philippines- Claver Branch were given booths and a slot during the program to advocate their programs and services.


Other social partners who have contributed to the success of the celebration were the members of the Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA), Pru Life UK, Camella Homes, Philippine Group Metals Corporation (PGMC), Hyundai Motors, Nature’s Spring, Pepsi Cola Corporation and Paymaya.


Meanwhile, PhilHealth, a constant partner of the agency in all its institutionalized events initiated a trivia of their programs and services with giveaways at stake. Ruelan Enterprises, B-MEG and San Miguel spearheaded the parlor games which tested out the competitiveness and energy of the participants. Surely, it pays to participate in the games because a number of cash prizes were given to the energetic winners. The activity brought much laughter and fun to the OFWs and even the sponsors altogether.


A dance competition was originally organized for the activity, but the OFW Family Circles were not able to send their entries since most of them are working. It did not, however, hamper the chance of the only group who prepared enough to showcase their talents. The OFC of Tagana-an, with their Muslim inspired outfits complete with beautifully designed props danced the Pinoy Ako, Pinoy Tayo, a household song for all of us Pinoys. They automatically got the first prize and was hailed the 22nd Migrant Workers Day dance contest winners.


All of the participants were delightful as they took home their prizes prompted by the outpouring support of both the government and social partners who added up to the already exciting prizes prepared by OWWA. The numerous giveaways including loads of household goods, home appliances and two bicycles that were given away left the crowd ecstatic during the conduct of the activity.


Still true to the wholistic goal of the celebration, a community dance was led by the OWWA staff in the newly hyped tune of Despacito. All the participants from the youngsters to the elderly swayed their hips like they have never before. Even the social partners and government agencies shared the same excitement and participated in the exercise that kept them lively especially during noon time.


While enjoying the many activities being done, a simultaneous Pampering Booth: foot massage, manicure and pedicure was also provided to the participants who wanted to relax and have a me-time for free. Freebies were also given by the social partners to those who shopped in the booths.


In the end, no participant went home empty handed. Although not all of them brought home prizes, all of them enjoyed and took home with them giveaways, the fun-filled memory of camaraderie, the joy of importance and a cheerful heart ever so excited for the OFW Family Day in December and have another chance of winning more gifts. 

OWWA Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid (L), Claver Mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee (C) and OIC PSD Chief Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling (R)


National Capital Region
OWWA Awarded at the 2017 BSP Stakeholders Awards

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac received the Special Recognition for Advocacy Support 2016 Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries award for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the 2017 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Stakeholders in the National Capital Region at the BSP Assembly Hall, BSP Complex, Manila on 11 July 2017.


Since 2006, OWWA has participated in the annual Financial Learning Campaign of BSP to educate the OFWs and their dependents on the importance of using remittances to build up savings and directing these into investments in financial products and business ventures.


With the theme “Transforming Shared Visions into Dynamic Partnership”, the 14th Annual Awards Ceremony aims to recognize outstanding partner institutions for their strong support and contribution to the statistical undertakings, information requirements, and advocacy programs of the BSP, as well as the effective delivery of its functions.


Juan D. De Zuñiga, Jr., Monetary Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Judges, congratulated the winners of the awards. “To our valued stakeholders, thank you for investing your valuable time and effort in supporting our common goal of empowering Filipinos. Congratulations and we look forward to our continuing collaboration,” he said during his closing remarks.  

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac together with BSP Governor and Chairman of the Monetary Board Nestor Espenilla, Jr. and BSP Monetary Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Judges Juan De Zuñiga, Jr.



Rein Ronald Cruz. Bercasio, 21 years old, OWWA Scholar under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), Batch 10. Rein is the middle child of OFW Loida Dominga A. Cruz and Renato L. Bercasio.


An inspirational story of a student whose vision and dreams turned into a reality as he graduated as a Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy at Lyceum of the Philippine University (LPU), Laguna.


Since he entered college, Rein is a consistent Dean’s Lister and active in all activities either extra-curricular or academic endeavor. In fact, Rein was awarded as one of the seventeen outstanding young students as Makabagong Rizal 2015 at Heritage Hotel, Manila.


Rein is a loving son and a brother. Despite of his father’s death at a very young age due to vehicular accident. Rein was motivated to finish his bachelor’s degree to give back to his mother’s unending love and sacrifices of working abroad. Now, those sacrifices was paid off, as he was also awarded as TOP 2 Most Outstanding Student during their Baccalaureate last May 16, 2017 at LPU, Laguna.


Rein is thankful for the support that he received from OWWA for the past 4 years. “I am really thankful to OWWA because of this financial assistance grant I was able to finish and pursue my college, and with that, maraming salamat po sa bumubuo ng OWWA.” he expressed.         


Currently, Rein was preparing for the upcoming Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Examination as he wishes to serve many Filipinos as a future Certified Public Accountant. 



More than 2,000 OFWs and families join Labor Day Assembly with PRRD

Davao City – More than two thousand (2,000) OFWs and their families from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province joined the Labor Day Assembly with President Rodrigo R. Duterte last May 1, 2017 at the People’s Park, Davao City. The assembly was one of the highlights of the 119th Labor Day celebration.


OWWA’s bigwigs led by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac together with Deputy Administrators, Atty. Brigido J. Dulay Jr. and Mr. Josefino I. Torres, and Director for Regional Operations Coordination Service (ROCS), Mr. Benny I. Reyes also joined the celebration.


Admin Cacdac personally expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all the members of the OFW Family Circles who travelled from far-flung areas to attend the assembly and met President Duterte. He was overwhelmed by the eagerness and commitment of the OFC members who consistently support the programs of OWWA.


Valuable prizes such as house and lot, sacks of rice, and tricycles (pangkabuhayan) were raffled off during the program.


Ms. Evadora L. Apang, an OFW and a house renter from Sirawan, Toril, Davao City became the new owner of the house and lot worth P1,000,000.00 courtesy of Pag-IBIG Fund. OFW Apang worked as a Domestic Worker in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for two years prior to her returned.


Meanwhile, winners of the 5-seater tricycle from OWWA-RWO XI were: Leopoldo D. Acebedo (Davao del Norte), Amelita C. Mancera (Davao City), Ronnie Sarate (Davao del Sur), Rogelio Refuela (Compostela Valley Province), and Noel Betunases (Davao City). The other ten (10) tricycles were sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment.


The labor ay assembly was spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) and other National Government Agencies. 


Pres. Rodrigo R, Duterte turned over the key of the house won by OFW Evadora L. Apang during the raffle draw.
OFWs and their families as they fall in line at the entrance of the People’s Park of Davao City.
At one of the buses who transported the participants: Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac expressed his warm gratitude to the members of the Samahan ng Pamilyang Pilipino ng New Bataan, Comval Province who participated in the assembly.
At the station 3 for OFWs where OWWA staff distributed food and water.
Some of the buses who transported the OFC members from Davao del Sur.

OWWA Caraga sets 22nd Migrant Workers Day on the 13th of July

In the midst of the crisis in Marawi City where thousands of individuals were evacuated, OWWA Caraga personnel were sent to reinforce OWWA Region X in the expeditious release of assistance to the victims, as a consequence of which, the previously slated Migrant Workers Day 2017 Celebration was postponed.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Caraga is pleased to inform the public especially its member-OFWs that it is all systems go for the celebration of the “Araw ng Pasasalamat”. The 22nd Migrant Workers Days will be held on Thursday, 13th of July 2017, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Claver Municipal Convention Hall, Claver, Surigao del Norte.


Among the highlights of this annual institutionalized activity is the PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO Dance Contest for OFW Family Circles. The contest is shall be comprised of 5-10 participants per family circle coming from the different municipalities in the region.


A beauty and health care clinic will be open for the participants where they can relax and pamper themselves while enjoying the activity. Parlor games and fun activities also await the participants which will be sponsored by our social partners.


A number of raffle draw prizes are also waiting for the lucky winners during the event.


Interested participants may visit the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or make contact with OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 with telephone numbers (085) 342-6178/815-1894 and mobile numbers 09399259895/09173150590 for further information regarding the activity.