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OWWA-ARMM launches Training Center to strengthen services to OFWs

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) formally launches the OWWA-ARMM Training Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families on May 26, 2017.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo welcomed all the guests and participants.

 

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac personally graced the occasion. According to Admin Cacdac, it is essential to have a training center in every region in order for OFWs and families can fully utilize and avail of the programs and services offered by OWWA.

 

Kaugnay ito ng pagbibigay serbisyo ng OWWA patungkol sa welfare at kapakanan ng mga OFWs at kanilang pamilya. Napakahalaga ng pagbibigay ng impormasyon, kakayahan at pangkabuhayan sa mga pamilya ng OFWs at sa mga OFWs mismo,” Admin Cacdac said.

 

Ang pinakadahilan kaya nangingibang bayan ang isang OFW ay para umunlad ang kabuhayan niya at ng kanyang pamilya. Kaya itong Training Center na ito ay kaakibat ng mga pangarap at ambisyon ng isang OFW,” Admin Cacdac added.

 

During the program, OWWA gave financial assistance and death/burial benefits to the families of OFWs who died while working abroad.

 

OWWA also granted financial assistance to the family of OFW Fahima Alagasi who was earlier abused by her employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Nangako ako sa pamilya na tutulongan natin ang mga anak at tutulongan natin ng walang patid ang kanilang pamilya,” Admin Cacdac said.

 
 
 
 

(From L-R) OWWA XII Chief of PSD Christelyn R. Caceres; OWWA-ARMM Chief of PSD Odin T. Abdula; OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo; OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac; DOLE-ARMM Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Cadir; OWWA-ROCS Director Benny I. Reyes; together with the families of OFWs granted with financial assistance.

 

OWWA-ARMM Family together with OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, OWWA-ROCS Director Benny I. Reyes, and DOLE-ARMM Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Cadir.

 

RWO VIII
OWWA RWO 8 JOINS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY SEMINAR ON STABILIZED BROWN RICE

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration- Regional Welfare Office VIII joined the Business Opportunity Seminar on Stabilized Brown Rice conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry- Southern Leyte and FNRI-DOST last May 9, 2017 at the SPPMPC Training Center, Hinunangan Southern Leyte.

 

Three OFCs from Southern Leyte were the participants of the said seminar namely: Hinunangan OFWs and Families Association, Hinundayan OFW Association and Cabalianon OFWs and Families Organization. Over fifty (50) members of the said organizations joined the seminar.

 

Ms. Rodah A. Cerna, Family Welfare Officer, represented OWWA during the event. Provincial Director of DTI-Southern Leyte, Mr. Michael B. Nuñez also graced the event and gave the opening remarks.

 

Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia, the Supervising SRS, of Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, gave a lecture on the Health Benefits and Business Opportunities for Brown Rice. She cited concrete reasons why investing in this kind of business is very timely and advantageous. The following reasons were given by Engr. Garcia: Increasing demand for nutritious and functional foods, Growing number of educated consumers, increasing cost of medicine and health care and lastly, scientific evidence on efficacy.

 

Participants were given the opportunities to avail of the FNRI technologies. They were advised to write formal letters and attend series of consultative meetings, Technology Needs Assessments and Demonstrations.

 

OWWA RWO 8 hopes to reach more OFWs in the region who can avail and participate in this kind of timely and relevant seminar with the help of its partner agencies like DTI and DOST and the Local Government Units.

Mr. Michael B. Nuñez giving his Welcome Remarks

 

Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia during her lecture on Stabilized Brown Rice

 

The participants of the Business Opportunity Seminar on Stabilized Brown Rice

 

RWO IX
OWWA RWO-IX RENDERED AIRPORT-SEAPORT ASSISTANCE TO AN INJURED OFW

ZAMBOANGA CITY –On June 6, 2017 the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX (OWWA RWO-IX) rendered airport to seaport assistance to OFW Dayang Dayang Arwida Arubin who suffered from Central Cord Syndrome. Central cord syndrome is an acute cervical spinal cord injury characterized by motor impairment in both upper and lower limb, variable degree of sensory loss below the level of injury and usually results in greater weakness in arms and legs.

 

OWWA Programs and Services Division Head Angeles C. Engalla and Labor Communication Officer Fatima Jane G. Salihuddin transported OFW Arubin and her sister who is also an OFW Dayang Arkreza Aubin from Zamboanga International Airport to the wharf where they took a ship to Jolo, Sulu.

 

PSD Head Engalla advised them to visit the OWWA focal person at DOLE-Jolo, Sulu to avail the services for them such as the KSA-Amnesty Program and Welfare Assistance Program (WAP). KSA Amnesty Program is available to (1) Residents iqama expired on or before March 19, 2017; (2) Workers with work permit but no iqama ID card; (3) Runaway workers reported as such on or before March 19, 2017; (4)Umrah and Haj overstayer (pilgrimage) without Haj permit; (5)Pilgrims without Haj permit; and (6) Infiltrators’ crossing Saudi borders. WAP on the other hand, is an assistance extended to OWWA members, active or non-active, and/or their families who are not eligible under any existing OWWA regular social benefit programs and services.

 

“Salamat po talaga Ma’am sa tulong ninyo, salamat sa tulong ng OWWA” were the words of the Arubin sisters before PSD Head Engalla and LCO Salihuddin left them aboard M/V Maria Rebecca Montenegro.

PSD Head Engalla together with the Arubin sisters at Zamboanga International Airport
 
PSD Head Engalla assisting the Arubin sisters to get a ticket to board MV Maria Rebecca Montenegro
 

PSD Head Engalla and LCO Salihuddin at Zamboanga City Wharf

 

RWO VIII
OWWA CONDUCTS ENHANCED ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

Another batch of aspiring loan applicants underwent Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training conducted by the OWWA RWO 8 in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-Leyte last May 25, 2017 at the Negosyo Center, Eastern Visayas State University Campus, Tacloban City and was attended by twenty-two (22) loan applicants from the different parts of the region.

 

Participants were individually taught on how to prepare business plan by the DTI-Representative Ms. Wenna Jo Mantua. She also gave a short discussion and briefing on business management to the participants and provided useful tips that they can use as future entrepreneurs.

 

Since January 2017, more than one hundred loan applicants, active and inactive OWWA members, already underwent EEDT and were endorsed to Land Bank of the Philippines- Sagkahan Branch for assessment and approval.

 

EEDT is part of the social preparation given by OWWA to applicants of the OFW-Enterprise Development Loan Program (OFW-EDLP), an enterprise development intervention and loan facility of OWWA, in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) that intends to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families. 

Ms. Magbuan discussing business management to the participants of EEDT

RWO VI
OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 is now accepting applicants for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).

 

In its thrust to expand its program to all beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OWWA has expanded the annual scholarship slots from 200 to 1,000.

 

Eligible beneficiaries are children of active OWWA members or their siblings (if unmarried or childless) who are not more than 21 years old, currently enrolled in Grade 12, and are incoming college freshmen belonging to the top 20 per cent of their graduating class.

 

Qualified applicants who are incoming college freshmen will be required to take the Department of Science and Technology’s national qualifying examination.

 

In addition, its scope also now includes members’ beneficiaries already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year of college who are single, not more than 30 years old, and with 85 per cent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

A financial assistance of P60,000.00 per school year and a group health and accident insurance coverage of P300,000.00 are entitled to the scholars.

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA RWO 6, emphasized that interested applicants should send their applications on or before July 31, 2017.

 

Application forms are provided at the OWWA Region 6 Office at Robinsons Place Iloilo City or are available for download at the following link: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/downloads-0.

 

Interested dependents may call the office for more details at telephone numbers (033) 509-1075 or 337-4484, or at (034) 432-2873 for the Bacolod City satellite office.

(FILE PHOTO) OWWA Region 6 staff with the Region 6 scholars during the OWWA Scholars’ Conference last December 2016. 

 

RWO VIII
EDSP SCHOLAR: ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALIZING DREAMS

OWWA-Regional Welfare Office VIII congratulates Mr. Earl Antonell P. Doctolero, an EDSP scholar who graduated Cum Laude with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSTHRM) at Leyte Normal University last March 29, 2017.

 

Mr. Doctolero has a single OFW brother and was an “active” OWWA member allowing him to take the EDSP qualifying examination for the batch 2013-2014.  Mr. Mark Elton P. Doctolero, brother of Earl, was a former Architect at Technical Vocational Training Corporation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Earl’s father is working as a Private Electrician while his mother is a freelance Book-keeper. Earl’s financial assistance amounting to Php 60, 000.00 per school year was a big help to him and his family’s financial dilemma.

 

Currently, Earl is helping his brother manage their small family business while looking for a job.

 

Earl expressed his plan to take internship at any restaurants in America to acquire more experience in the food industry during his interview with OWWA. Also, part of his long term plans, is to establish a restaurant in the Philippines and establish his name as one of the minor, even major contributor in food industry in Region 8.  

 

“Thank you so much OWWA for giving me a chance to be part of your “happy” family. For being my guide and for pushing me to strive harder, farther and to always give my best” said Earl during his interview with OWWA staff.

Earl (third from right) pose with his friends after his graduation.

 

Mr. Doctolero (left) during his graduation rites last March 29, 2017

 

 

RWO ARMM
OWWA extends financial assistance to OFW injured in hacking incident

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extended financial assistance of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P 50,000.00) to Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing, 26 years old, with three kids who was badly injured in a hacking incident at Greenhills, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

 

Lenie Tacpan, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in KSA, as per her statement, went home for a vacation. According to her, she requested her live-in partner, the father of her three children whom she has long been separated, to bring his parents to her parent’s house to finally settle the issue of separation. Early morning of March 10, 2017, her partner entered the house unnoticed, went up stairs and using a Bolo, began to hack Lenie who was then sound asleep next to her sister. Their father who came to rescue was hacked as well. They were rushed to the hospital but Lenie got the fatal blow.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo personally visited Lenie in the hospital and coordinated with DSWD-ARMM to provide a psycho-social intervention to Lenie and to her children who witnessed the bloody incident. 

OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing
 
 
Visit to OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing at
Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Cotabato City.

 

RWO X
Tuloy-Aral Beneficiary Thank OWWA for the Assistance

Niña May M. Bago is the youngest of the three (3) sisters. Her parents were separated long time ago and she lived with her mother. The one supporting her education was her elder sister, Menchie who previously worked in Qatar and is now in Dubai as clerk. Her mother is unemployed and their daily subsistence depends largely on the remittances of her sister.

 

Niña enrolled BS Electro-Mechanical Technology at Mindanao University of Science and Technology now University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City. In 2011, during her 2nd year in college, tropical depression “Sendong” submerged Cagayan de Oro City and her family saw the devastation of their small house including their belongings. OWWA-10 conducted profiling to those who are affected for extending possible assistance and her family was considered. She was included as beneficiary for the Tuloy-Aral Program. Through the facilitation of former Welfare Officer Leonor Mabagal of POLO-Greece, Alassia Newships Management Inc. became her sponsor and extend financial assistance until she graduated last March 2016.

 

Presently, Niña is working as a Safety Officer at Fresh Fruit Ingredients Inc. in Medina, Misamis Oriental. Niña extends her grateful appreciation to the generosity of Alassia Newships through the assistance she received in her schooling. She also thanked OWWA for coming-up with this kind of program that benefited the families of less fortunate OFWs.

 

RWO VI
OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 is now accepting applicants for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).

 

In its thrust to expand its program to all beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OWWA has expanded the annual scholarship slots from 200 to 1,000.

 

Eligible beneficiaries are children of active OWWA members or their siblings (if unmarried or childless) who are not more than 21 years old, currently enrolled in Grade 12, and are incoming college freshmen belonging to the top 20 per cent of their graduating class.

 

Qualified applicants who are incoming college freshmen will be required to take the Department of Science and Technology’s national qualifying examination.

 

In addition, its scope also now includes members’ beneficiaries already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year of college who are single, not more than 30 years old, and with 85 per cent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

A financial assistance of P60,000.00 per school year and a group health and accident insurance coverage of P300,000.00 are entitled to the scholars.

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA RWO 6, emphasized that interested applicants should send their applications on or before July 31, 2017.

 

Application forms are provided at the OWWA Region 6 Office at Robinsons Place Iloilo City or are available for download at the following link: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/downloads-0.

 

Interested dependents may call the office for more details at telephone numbers (033) 509-1075 or 337-4484, or at (034) 432-2873 for the Bacolod City satellite office.

(FILE PHOTO) OWWA Region 6 staff with the Region 6 scholars during the OWWA Scholars’ Conference last December 2016. 

 

RWO X
OWWA Region 10 conducts info-campaign on Education for Development Scholarship Program (ODSP)

Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer III and Focal Person of the Degree Granting Scholarship Program was the guest of the “Birada Morning Program” of Mellow Touch 95.7FM last May 25, 2017 anchored by one of veteran radio broadcaster in Cagayan de Oro, Ronnie M. Waniwan. Mr. Mesias discussed the newly amended guidelines of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) effective SY2017-18 and 2018-19. The enhanced guideline of EDSP includes the increased of scholarship slot for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) from 200 slots to 400 slots and allocation of 6 scholarship slots to those who are already in college (2nd yr to 5th yr) per province covered by Region 10.

 

The EDSP is a scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA members who shall enroll or is currently enrolled in any four-year or five-year baccalaureate course in any college or university. A financial assistance of Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php60,000) per year shall be provided to the scholar. Eligible applicants must be a child of married OFWs or sibling of a single OFW or childless married OFWs. For incoming first year the applicant must be single, not more than 21 years of a  ge, Grade 12 graduating student, with a GWA of 80% and above and belongs to the upper 20% of the graduating class and belongs to the top 400 qualifiers of national qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology. For those who are already in college, an applicant must be single, not more than 30 years old and with a GWA not lower than B letter grade or 85% equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load.

 

Filing of EDSP applications for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) start this June 2017 and for those in college is on first come first serve basis.

 

 

 

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