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OWWA Region 1 recognizes social partners on 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day Celeb

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has awarded its partners in the achievement of its mandate to promote and protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in Region 1, as part of the celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day today, June 8, at the City of San Fernando, La Union.

 

In a recognition rites, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has awarded various social partners and OFW stakeholders, representing various sectors such as government agencies, non-government organizations, OFW Family Circles (OFCs), media partners and private organizations.

 

The government partner-awardees were: Provincial Governments of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte; City Government of Dagupan; Pangasinan Public Employment Services Office; Land Bank of the Philippines; line agency regional offices namely DOLE, POEA, NRCO, DFA, DA, DTI, TESDA, PIA, ECC, PhilHealth, PAGIBIG; and the TESDA Pangasinan Provincial office.

 

Outstanding OFCs were those from Cataban, Siwawer, San Nicolas, Bacarra, and Currimao of Ilocos Norte; Sta. Catalina, Caparia-an, San Ildefonso, San Vicente and the Ilocos Sur OFW Families Associations from Ilocos Sur; Luna, Bannuar-Sudipen, Bannuar-Naguilian, Aringay, and the Coalition of OFW Associations in La Union, from La Union; and Mangaldan, Alaminos, Rosales, Villasis, and Asingan from Pangasinan.

 

Media partner-awardees were DZRD Sonshine Radio, DZNL Aksyon Radio, DZSO Bombo Radyo La Union, DWIZ News Radio’s Rapido by Allan Sison; DZAG Radyo ng Bayan, and the Amianan Tribune.

 

Also recognized were local recruitments agencies namely RN Job Quest, Androme Recruitment, Concorde International, FAASI International, and Topmake International Manpower Services; and training institutes such as the Far East Maritime Foundation, Philgerma Manufacturing, HSE Techskills, Bauang Training Center, and Maxima Technical and Skills. The OWWA Region 1 Scholars Inc., Diocesan Ministry for Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Kabayan Help Desk in Naguilian, La Union were also among the awardees.

 

In his message, OWWA RWOI OIC Gerardo C. Rimorin said, “we are more than grateful of your passionate involvement to the endeavors of the OWWA. And while we remain inspired by your help, it is also our hope that we could develop more viable strategies to ensure the sustainability of the OFW lifeline in the community.”

 

Gracing the activity to give their messages were Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Pangasinan PESO Manager Alex F. Ferrer, La Union PESO Manager Charito Dator representing Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, and DOLE La Union Chief Agnes Aguinaldo representing RD Nathaniel V. Lacambra.

 

The guest of honor was Ms. Rebecca Bustamante-Mills, an internationally-acclaimed inspirational speaker known for her “From Maid to Made” life story. A former domestic worker in Singapore and Canada, she struggled her way up to becoming the CEO in her own multinational company. “Find your purpose, and you have to work hard for it,” Bustamante-Mills said.

 

The Migrant Workers’ Day, also known as “Araw ng Pasasalamat,” is an annual celebration for the passing of the Migrant Workers Act of 1995, which institutes policies of overseas employment and establish a higher standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers and their families.

The OWWA RWOI has recognized its partners in the achievement of its mandate to promote and protect the welfares of OFWs and their families, as part of the celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day today, June 8, at the City of San Fernando, La Union.

 

RWO I
Region 1 OFW leaders uphold team spirit

Leaders of various overseas Filipino workers’ family circles (OFCs) in Region 1 have gathered for a two-day training which aimed to strengthen their ties as OFW groups, which are partners of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the grassroots.

 

Around 63 OFC leaders in Region 1 took part of the team-building activity on May 30-31, 2107 at the Kabaleyan Cove Resort, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. The activity centered on the theme, “promoting theme dynamics towards the attainment of organizational goals and objectives of the new OFC leaders in Region 1.”

 

Total of 20 OFC leaders have come from Pangasinan; 16 from La Union, 12 from Ilocos Sur, and 15 from Ilocos Norte.

 

Serving as learning service provider was Mr. Allen Jeffrey O. Saraza, a renowned leadership speaker and a psychology instructor at the De La Salle University. In his talks, Saraza imparted lessons on team dynamics, group communication, and strategic planning, which were processed through games, group activities and lectures.

 

The OFC leaders have also elected their new set of officers for the OFC Regional Council. Elected as president is Edna Valdez, while the rest of the officers are: Flordeliza Aceret, vice president; Eliza Acena, secretary; Evelyn Basconcillo, assistant secretary; Vicky Briones, treasurer; Dolores Cortes, assistant treasurer; Esmeraldo Agustin and Lenilda Raguindin, auditors; Lilia Pitt and Evelyn Dulay, business managers; Carmencita Viray, and Ma. Corazon Palomares, peace officers; Rommel Ulep, Lilybeth Rambaud, Celia Pamilteng, and Virginia Estepa, PROs; and, Edward Operaña, Virginia Rancapero, Erlinda Gampayon, and Jocelyn Llarenas, board of directors.

 

The new officers are set to take their oath on June 8, in the celebration of the 2017 Migrant Workers Day, in the City of San Fernando, La Union.

 

The activity was also witnessed by the Department of Labor and Employment Central Pangasinan Field Office led by its chief, Engracio Bailon, Provincial Government of Pangasinan, represented by Provincial PESO staff Christopher Dioquino; City Government of San Carlos represented by PESO manager Reynaldo Dela Cruz; and the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) led by OIC PSD Marivic L. Mondina.

OFC leaders pose for posterity as they cap the two-day team building activity on May 30-31, 2017 at the Kabaleyan Cove Resort, San Carlos City, Pangasinan.
 

A total of 63 OFC leaders participated in the team-building activity, facilitated for them by the OWWA RWOI. 

 
Mr. Allen Jeffrey O. Saraza (upper left) employed various learning techniques such as games, group activities and lectures to illustrate lessons on team dynamics, group communication, and strategic planning.
 
The OFC leaders’ speed, endurance and agility were also tested in this game called blanket volleyball. 

 

RWO VI
About ₱120K given to KSA amnesty availees under OWWA’s CARE Program

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 already released approximately one-hundred and twenty thousand pesos (₱120,000.00) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who qualified for OWWA’S Cash Relief (CARE) Program.

 

As of June 13, 2017, a total of 24 OFWs in Western Visayas received financial assistance from the said program.

 

The CARE, a one-time financial grant worth five thousand pesos (₱5,000.00) given to undocumented OFWs and their dependents who applied for KSA’s 90-day amnesty program for overstaying expatriates and labor violators, is meant to shoulder the OFW-amnesty availees’ and their families’ incidental expenses upon their repatriation.

 

The first batch of CARE recipients availed of the aid after attending OWWA’s special orientation seminar, which was also participated by partner agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment, the LandBank of the Philippines, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs last June 1, 2017. 

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA Region 6, said that the office is expecting more amnesty availees to inquire about the program in the next few weeks.

 

Mr. Rony Barcelona, a former mechanic and one of the first CARE recipients, expressed gratitude for the help the office is extending to them.

 

“My fellow OFWs and I were undocumented for so long in Saudi. This assistance we received from OWWA and the government makes us glad that our pleas are actually heard,” he said.

 

Interested availees can visit the OWWA Region 6 office at 3rd Floor of Robinsons Place Iloilo City. They can also contact the regional office through (033) 3374484 and (033) 5091075, or at the Bacolod City satellite office at (034) 4322873.

The processing of the CARE applicants immediately began after OWWA’s special orientation program for KSA amnesty availees. 

 

(From top to bottom): Ms. Rizza Joy Mapa-Moldes, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, Ms. Conie Binarao, Officer-In-Charge of Programs & Services Division, and Ms. Jean Jover, Family Welfare Officer, aided in the distributing of the financial assistance.

 

RWO CARAGA

Butuan City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and Landbank of the Philippines, conducted three sessions of Phase 1 Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on May 5, 2017 in Agusan del Sur; on May 17, 2017 in the Province of Dinagat Island and another one on May 22 at OWWA Regional Office, this city.

 

OWWA currently implements the Enterprise Development and Loan Program, formerly known as 2 Billion OFW-Reintegration Program, under its Family Support and Reintegration Services, a loan facility which is intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families.

 

“This program aims to provide assistance among active and returning OFWs in order to improve their socio-economic well-being and their reintegration in the mainstream society and aid them in starting off and expanding income generating livelihood which promotes productivity and self-reliance,” bared Jean Mary Ronquillo-Ladion, OWWO II and in-charge of the EDLP.

 

With its revamped design, the agency made sure that the orientation will be easily accessible to the interested OFWs through its mobilization. The first of the three was conducted at Brgy. 5, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur with fifty-six (56) attendees from around the province, while Twenty-three (23) OFWs and dependents from the provinces of Dinagat, San Jose and Cagdianao joined during the phase 1 of EDLP held at DTI Negosyo Center in the Province of Dinagat Island. To cater to the OFWs living in Agusan del Norte and those who failed to attend in the previous sessions, another orientation was held at OWWA Training Hall at the Regional Office with sixty-six (66) loan applicants from all over Caraga.

 

The first phase of EDLP includes program orientation, financial literacy and personal entrepreneurial assessment. The phase intends to present and clarify among the participants the program scheme and availment procedure.

 

OFW loan applicants must complete a Program Orientation and Business Appreciation Course, an Enhanced Entrepreneurship Development Training (EEDT) conducted by the agency alongside DTI and LBP. After completing phase 1, interested applicants will then undergo an Entrepreneurship Training and Business Immersion and Business Plan Workshop.

 

The enhanced loan facility provides a minimum of Php 100,000.00 and a maximum of Php 2,000,000.00 for individual borrowers and from Php 100,000.00 to Php 5,000,000.00 for group loan borrowers at an annual interest of 7.5% for the entire duration of the loan.

RWO XI
Davao Region to celebrate 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day

Davao City – All is set for the region’s celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day on June 7, 2017. With this year’s theme: “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs”, the event will be held at the Kadayawan Hall, NCCC Mall, Mac Arthur Highway, Maa, Davao City  from 12:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. The celebration is in pursuant to R.A .8042 otherwise known as Magna Carta for OFWs which was enacted June 7, 1995 and was recently amended by virtue of R.A. 10022 declaring every 7th day of June as the Migrant Workers’ Day which aims to recognize the immense contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the national economy.

 
In line with this objective, the regional office resolves to undertake various activities to honor and empower our migrant workers. One of the highlights of the program is the awarding and recognition of Outstanding PESO Managers of the entire Davao Region for the unwavering support in the promotion of OWWA programs and services through various empowering initiatives for the OFWs and their families,

 
Recognition awards shall likewise be given to outstanding OWWA Scholars,  Outstanding OFW Family Circle (OFC), and Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship. Grantees of OWWA’s Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program will also be awarded with livelihood starter kits during the program.

 
Free medical check-up and medicines from PNP-PRO XI will be provided to all participants who want to avail themselves of the services. Free head and back massage will also be available courtesy of the certified massage therapists of Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty and Wellness.

 
Likewise, various products of the OFW Family Circles will be displayed at the trade fair area while cash prizes and gift items await the winners of the raffle draw.

 
On the other hand, partner government agencies like POEA, DSWD, DTI, TESDA, NBI, PHILHEALTH, Pag-IBIG and SSS will provide substantial information on its various programs and services.

 
A modest attendance of eight hundred (800) OFWs and their families who are either members of the OFW Family Circles or permanently returned Migrant Workers in Davao region will join the event.

 
Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, 3rd District Councilor Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes, and DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante are expected to grace the event.

 
This year’s celebration is made possible through OWWA’s social partners: NCCC Mall Davao, Land Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Paramount General Insurance Corp., Pag-IBIG Fund, PNP-PRO XI, and Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty.

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OFWs honored on Migrant Workers’ Day 2017

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 gathered about two-hundred and one (201) OFWs and their families for this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day or “Araw ng Pasasalamat” at Robinsons Place Jaro, Iloilo City last June 7, 2017.

 

The activity is an annual celebration held in observance of the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, which sought to institute “a higher standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers.”

 

Members from different regional OFW Family Circles provided the afternoon’s entertainment, while gift items like grocery packs, rice cookers, electric fans and other freebies were raffled out.

 

RWO CARAGA
Crab Fattening and Production Training Given to Marihatag OFWs

Responsive to the needs of the OFWs and their dependents especially those from the outskirts of the region, OWWA alongside the Local Government Unit of Surigao del Sur and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-SDS carried out a two-day Crab Fattening Production to Marihatag OFW and Dependents Association on May 16-17, 2017.

 

Some thirty-five (35) OFWs and dependents of the Marihatag OFW Family Circle (OFC) attended in the Crab Fattening Training that the organization specifically requested for.

 

Through the initiative of the members of the OFC, they were provided a portion of a mangrove area situated in the said municipality to cultivate and raise the mangrove crabs in.

 

On the first day, resource speaker Ian Batitang of BFAR- Surigao del Sur introduced all the basic features of the mangrove/ mud crabs. Batitang discussed the mud crab biology, its life cycle and feeding habits. He also lectured on the salient features of a mud crab, as well as the species viable for commercial cultivation.

 

Furthermore, the BFAR representative introduced the growing of the crabs in mangrove pens up to the fattening process in plastic containers. The harvesting process and marketing strategies were also provided to the trainees to aid them in the future.

 

During the second day, the participants went for an ocular visit of the project’s proposed area at Brgy. Pagbahanan I, Marihatag.  The area was inspected as well to check whether the PH is at a suitable level, that the shade is sufficient enough, and that the distance is convenient enough for the OFW would-be crab raisers. The site have passed the checklist of BFAR and is found suitable for the project.

 

The program aims to provide relevant livelihood training that will enable the OFW Family Circles to generate livelihood and aid in their economic well-being.

 

 

 

 

 

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PAWA CHILDREN VISITED THE GRAVE OF THEIR MOTHER

Zamboanga City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) facilitated the travel of the two children of the late OFW Jakatia M. Pawa namely Hadisza Pawa Alama and Amenchadrha Pawa Alama to visit her grave in Kuwait. The Pawa children last saw their mother in October last year while she was still in prison.

 

Jakatia M. Pawa is an OFW who was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death in 2010 by the Kuwait’s Court of Cassation, the highest court in the Middle East emirate.  After OFW Pawa’s execution last January 25, 2017, she was given a decent burial by Kuwait religious clergies in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions at Sulaibikhat Cemetery.

 

As per OWWA Board Resolution No. 003 Series of 2017, OWWA did not only grant educational and livelihood assistance to the Pawa children, they were also awarded a one-time return ticket to Kuwait to visit the grave of their mother, so on May 23, 2017, the Pawa children assisted by OWWA Regional Welfare Office IX Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain traveled to Kuwait.

 

On May 24, 2017 they paid a courtesy call to the Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa at Kuwait where they also met other Philippine Embassy and POLO Officials like Ustadz Nabil, Philippine Embassy Interpreter, Labor Attache Alejandro A. Padaen, Welfare Officer Nestor P. Burayag and several Filipino community Leaders in Kuwait.

 

On May 25, 2017, Director Jumdain and the two children of the late OFW Pawa proceeded to Sulaibikhat Cemetery, Al Asimah, Kuwait which is 25-30 minute drive from Philippine Embassy. Hadisza and Amenchadra were somber as they walked slowly towards their mother’s grave. “Jakatia is still a huge part of her children’s everyday life and always will be. It was tragic that she isn’t here anymore to see her children go to college, get a job or get married”, says Satria Pawa, the wife of Col. Angaris Pawa who was also present during the visit.   

 

It has been a rough start of the year 2017 for the children of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa, but Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain and OWWA in general has no doubt been extending assistance and helping them cope with the untimely death of their mother. 

(L-R) The children of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa: Amenchadrha Pawa Alama and Hadisza Pawa Alama

 

(L-R) Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, OWWA RWO-IX Regional Director; Amenchadrha Pawa Alama (son of Jakatia Pawa; Hadisza Pawa Alama (daughter of Jakatia Pawa); Satria Pawa (wife of Col. Angaris Pawa, brother of Jakatia Pawa)

 

The grave of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa at Sulaibhikat Cemetery, Kuwait.

 

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, Amenchadrha and Hadisza Pawa Alama, Satria Pawa together with Ambassodor Renato Villa and other Philippine Embassy officials in Kuwait.

 

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, the PAWA children, Philippine Embassy interpreter Ustadz Nabil, Ambassador Renato Villa, LabAtt Alejandro A. Padaen, Welfare Officer Nestor P. Burayag, and other Philippine Embassy and POLO Officials 

 

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, the Pawa children, Ambassador Renato Villa and Filipino Community Leaders in Kuwait

 

RWO VI
OWWA Region 6 formally opens search for 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year Award

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 6 formally announced its search for this year’s Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) at the Migrant Workers’ Day celebration last June 7, 2017.  

 

The MOFYA aims to honor the sacrifices and contributions of Filipino migrants abroad by promoting stories of success from the different OFW communities.

 

In addition, the said award also intends to improve the image of OFW families by highlighting their roles as agents of socio-civic, educational, professional, and entrepreneurial advancement.

 

Two (2) outstanding OFW families per region (one each for the land-based and sea-based category) will be selected as regional winners, and only two winners per category will be determined as grand winners for the national level.

 

The criteria of the selection process include the following:

  • Wholesome OFW Family (50%);

  • Civic/Community Involvement of OFW and Family (20%);

  • Success in OFW and/or Family member/s education or profession (20%); and

  • Success in Managing Family Finances (10%).

 

Moreover, nominees should comply with the following requirements to qualify:

 
  1. The OFW, either single or married and with proof of OWWA membership, should head the family and may either be or formerly working abroad under a formal or informal employment contract or work permit;

  2. The OFW should have at least five (5) years of work experience;

  3. The OFW family should be known as an exemplary presence in the community; and

  4. The OFW family should be financially stable.

 

While individual nominations are not accepted, Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA Region 6, encourages Local Government Units, Non-Governmental Organizations, People’s Organization (POs), religious groups, and community-based socio-civic associations to nominate their choices of OFW families.

 

Interested groups can visit the OWWA Regional Office 6 at the 3rd floor of Robinsons Place Iloilo City for inquiries, or they can also be contacted at phone numbers (033) 337-4484/ 509-1075 or at their Bacolod City satellite office at (034) 432-2873.

 

Deadline of nomination and submission of documents is on September 7, 2017.

 

(FILE PHOTO): Mr. Nestor U. Tubongbanua and Family of Guimaras, Iloilo was the 2015 MOFYA national winner for the sea-based category.

 

RWO CARAGA
OWWA to Celebrate Migrant Workers Day 2017 in Claver, Surigao del Norte

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will once again be celebrating the “Araw ng Pasasalamat” in observance of the Migrant Workers Day 2017: a one-day celebration to pay tribute to the OFWs and their families.

 

The annual program intends to provide our OFWs relevant activities promoting the importance of spending quality time and togetherness amongst OFW families. This is the government’s response to the great contribution of our OFWs in keeping our economy vibrant through their sacrifices and endurance in working overseas.

 

Once again, OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel Madrid extends his invitation to all Caraganon OFWs (vacationing and returnees) including their families, especially those from nearby towns of Claver, Surigao del Norte to participate in this fun-filled day.

 

Responsive to call of bringing OWWA’s services to all OFWs around Caraga Region, this year,s Migrant Workers Day will be at Claver Municipal Convention Hall, Claver, Surigao del Norte on the 7th of June 2017, Wednesday at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Previous year’s Migrant Workers Day was a huge success at the town of Agusan del Sur with 500 participants from all over the region.

 

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.

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