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Celebrating Academic Achievement OWWA-ARMM ODSP Scholar passed Civil Engineering Board Exam

COTABATO CITY – In addition to the growing list of successful Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholars, OWWA-ARMM ODSP scholar Mohammed Omar Pangato successfully passed the recent Civil Engineering Licensure Examination held last May 7-8, 2017.

 

For 5 years, Mohammed was a diligent scholar under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), a scholarship grant of P 20,000.00 per year for dependents of OFWs who earn not more than US $400 per month.

 

With the great victory he achieved, Mohammed dedicated this and gave the credit to his parents.

 

Alhamdulillah! I thank Allah (SWT) - the source of my knowledge and wisdom for everything. Truly, all of these achievements are from you. I thank also my family and relatives especially Ina and Auntie Sittie for the unconditional love, untiring support and encouragement. Indeed, I’m forever indebted,” he said.

 

Mohammed also expressed his gratefulness to OWWA-ARMM for the assistance and support it has given him throughout his journey.

 

“To OWWA ARMM and staff, you didn’t just help me to achieve one of my goals but you help me in making my quest for learning undeniably fun and meaningful. Thank you very much!” he said.

 

Mohammed desires to inspire and motivate other OWWA scholars by saying, “To my co-scholars, always seek Almighty’s guidance and give your 100% effort to achieve your goals because good things will not just fall into our lap.” 

 

RWO CARAGA
OWWA Releases Financial Assistance to Earthquake Victims in SDN Town

June 13 – Seventy-five (75) more victims of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake from Surigao del Norte received the cash relief (Care) Assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

 
A total of Php 187,500.00 cash assistance were released from May 20 up to June 10, 2017. Ten (10) of which came from the municipality of Sison totaling to Php 28,500.00 and sixty-five (65) from Surigao City totaling 159,000.00.

 
The Cash Relief (CARE) Program is a one-time financial assistance extended to aid OWWA member families affected by the earthquake that struck the province earlier this year.

 
The agency is rolling out all its means to reach families in the affected municipalities that were hardest hit by the tremor in the province of Surigao Province namely Sison, San Francisco, Mainit, Malimono, and Surigao City.

 
Applications are gathered at the local PESO Offices in the above-cited municipalities and will be processed in the regional office alone. Said assistance will be released to grantees until the end of July 2017 only.

 
During the kick-off of the CARE Program on May 14, 2017 at the Provincial Convention Center, more than P500,000.00 was released to about 300 OFW families coming from Surigao City and a few barangays from the municipality of Sison.

 
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is granting financial assistance to tremor victims of Php3,000.00 per family of active OWWA members, and P1,500.00 per family of non-active members of the agency.

 
The program is pursuant to OWWA Board Resolution No. 006, Series of 2017, a pro-active stance in ensuring the welfare and well-being of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). 

RWO VI
OWWA-RWO 6 inducts new Tigbauan OFC group officers

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) 6 inducted the new officers of the Barroc Overseas Workers & Beneficiaries Association (BOWBA), an OFW Family Circle group based in Tigbauan, Iloilo last May 19, 2017.

 

The inauguration was conducted during BOWBA’s 37th Honorary Program, a tribute activity held in recognition of the achievements of the said group’s members in the field of academics and community service.

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge, and Mr. Sherwin B. Madayag and Mr. Remon A. Albeza, Family Welfare Officers, were in attendance for the ceremony.

 

Mr. Remon A. Albeza, Family Welfare Officer (left), leads the Tigbauan-based OFC group in the reading the oath.

 

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM celebrates 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day in Matanog, Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY - Over 500 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families attended this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration held in Matanog, Maguindanao on May 25, 2017.

 

Members of the OFW Family Circles (OFC) attended the fun-filled day with raffle draws, zumba, games and cultural presentations.

 

This annual event organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - (OWWA-ARMM) is aimed to pay tribute to the unparalleled sacrifices of OFWs around the globe and to recognize their valuable efforts to their families and the country.

 

 

In the opening salvo, the celebration was boosted with the “Hataw” zumba dance workout led by the Iranun Foundation College, Inc. (IFCI).

 

Administrator Mala D. Lidasan of Matanog, Maguindanao welcomed all the guests and participants.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisosotomo said, “We DARE because we care. The declaration of Martial Law did not hinder us to conduct this advance celebration of Migrant Workers Day. We stand firm with our commitment to serve and help the OFWS and their families and promote peace and ease the ongoing tension in the community”.

 

Atty. Mohammad-Ali S. Guro, Mayor of Matanog, Maguindanao served as the keynote speaker during the program. Mayor Guro pledged for their full support to OWWA’s mandate of protecting the rights and welfare of OFWs.

 

Municipal officials and other local officials also joined the celebration.

 

17th Infantry Battalion, Commander Lt. Col. Florencio Politud Jr. also graced the occasion. Together with his troop, they heavily guarded the area to assure everyone's safety.

 

 

As part of the program, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth-ARMM), one of OWWA’s partner agencies, gave the participants a brief lecture on its programs and services and also umbrellas as mementos.

 

The raffle draw was the most anticipated part of the celebration. Everyone was in a celebratory mood because of the prizes allotted for them. From small items, sacks of rice, dish rack to electronics and appliances – chest freezer, gas stoves with LPG, and cellular phones with load and SIM cards, electric fans, multi-function kettles and rechargeable light.

 

Generous gifts and raffle prizes given by the ARMM Regional Government, LGU of Matanog, DOLE-ARMM, PhilHealth-ARMM, and OWWA brought joy to the participants. 

 
 
 

Prizes for the raffle draw – 1st Prize Chest Freezer, 2nd Gas stove with LPG, 3rd Rice Cooker, 4th Prize Electric Fan, 5th Prize Dish Rack and other consolation prizes.

 

Winners of cell phones with load and SIM cards as livelihood starter kits courtesy of DOLE-ARMM.

 

5th Prize Winner of a brand new dish rack.

 

4th Prize Winner of a brand new electric fan.

 

3rd Prize Winner of a brand new rice cooker.

 

2nd Prize Winner of a brand new two-burner gas stove with LPG.

 

1st Prize Winner of a brand new chest freezer as livelihood starter kit.

 

Winner of a brand new standing cooker with oven courtesy of LGU Matanog.

 

RWO CARAGA
OWWA RWO Caraga sends Augmentation Team to Cagayan de Oro

June 13 - Four personnel from the Overseas Workers Administration Regional Welfare Office Caraga headed by Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid were sent to Cagayan de Oro City last June 5-11, 2017 to help in the expeditious release of Cash Relief Assistance to OFW Families displaced by the crisis in the City of Marawi.

 
“Our RWO 10 database registered a total of 1,418 OWWA members, both active and inactive.  We were told that from the time the fighting among the government troops and the ‘maute’ group began,   chaotic situation engulfed the area and residents left their homes sans their belongings and valuables.  Thus, we are ready to give cash assistance to help them in the financial aspect relative to their needs especially food and other basic essentials,” the OWWA Chief Hans Leo Cacdac said.
 
Active OWWA members will receive P3,000.00 each; while non-active  OWWA members shall get P1,500.00 each.

 
OWWA Region X is still continuing the processing of the remaining and new applications at the Northern Mindanao Regional Office located at 2nd Flr. Trinidad Bldg. Corrales, Yacapin St., Cagayan de Oro City and at the Department of Labor and Employment Office in Iligan City.

 
The financial aid for displaced OFWs, the OWWA head added, is pursuant to OWWA Board Resolution No. 07, Series of 2017, under OWWA’s Welfare Assistance Program (WAP).

RWO XII
OWWA XII gets ready for the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration

Koronadal City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII is set to conduct the nationwide celebration of the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day on June 07, 2017 at KCC Mall of Gensan Convention Hall, General Santos City.

 

The said event will be attended by more or less Five Hundred (500) participants composed of OFW Family Circles, Public OFW Desk Officers (PODOs), Social Partners and other guests. 

 

The said celebration will highlight the 2017 OFC Bagong Bayani Awards (OBBA Awards) both for group and individual categories. Other special awards include citation in Excellence in Community and Social Service, Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Excellence in Environmental Protection.  

 

This aims to recognize the noble efforts and sacrifices of Overseas Filipino Workers dubbed as Modern Heroes.

 

OIC – PSD, Chief Christelyn R. Caceres said that this year’s celebration will also serve as an inspiration to all OFW Family Circles (OFCs) to continue working for the betterment of the OFW community and our country. 

 

The Migrant Workers Day is an annual activity of the agency in commemoration of the signing into law of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995. 

RWO I
OWWA Commits to Stronger OFW Empowerment on its 35th Anniversary

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) remains to be steadfast on its mandate to promote and protect the welfares of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, as it celebrated its 35th foundation anniversary on May 2, 2017.

 

With the theme “We Serve, We Care: 35 Years of Helping OFW and their Families,” the OWWA 35th Anniversary serves to inspire the Administration in providing stronger support to the OFW sector, through various programs on Social Benefits; Education and Training Benefits; Welfare Assistance; Repatriation Services; and Reintegration Services.

 

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac noted these achievements of the Administration. “OWWA’s trademark as a caring agency for OFWs and their families’ was earned to long years of hard work, industry, dedication, and commitment to serve our clientele at all times, in all corners of the country and the world,” Admin. Cacdac remarks.

 

He also highlighted in his anniversary message the transformations the OWWA will embark on in the coming years. “The OWWA is not just an infrastructure but is a community of people working together with a common and united goal and aspiration to make the lives of our OFWs and their families their ‘worthy journeys’ to and from overseas employment,” said Admin. Cacdac.

 

The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI), meanwhile, commits to provide strengthened service to the member-OFWs and their families in Region 1, which has always been noted as one of the biggest source areas of OFWs in the country.

 

As of February 2017, there are 444, 728 registered active and inactive OWWA members from Region 1. Of the total membership, 240, 433 members are from Pangasinan; 78, 347 from La Union; 71, 934 from Ilocos Sur; and 54, 014 from Ilocos Norte.

 

The OWWA RWOI also maintains strong presence across the region, to provide accessible and convenient services to OFWs and families especially from far-flung communities. At present, the OWWA RWOI maintains satellite offices in Rosales, Dagupan and Alaminos, Pangasinan; Candon and Vigan, Ilocos Sur; and Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

 

This year’s theme, “We Serve, We Care: 35 Years of Helping OFWs and their Families,” serves to inspire the Administration in providing stronger support to the OFW sector.

 

On the 35th anniversary of the OWWA, the officers and staff in the Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) commit to strengthened service to the OFW-members and their families in the Ilocos Region.

 

RWO I
OWWA celebrates 35th Foundation Anniversary

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) celebrated on May 2 its 35th foundation anniversary.

 

In the Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) in the City of San Fernando, La Union, the anniversary was celebrated with various activities both for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) clienteles and the OWWA personnel.

 

The OFWs and families who came in to the office today were treated with free ice scream to beat the summer heat. Free coffee and snacks were also served.

 

Meanwhile, OWWA RWOI officers and staff gathered for a simple recognition rites, to acknowledge the personnel's contribution to the success of the OWWA through the years. The awards given out were Visionary Award, Dedication in Service Award, Customer Service Excellence Award, Outstanding Work Proficiency Award, Innovation and Creativity Award, Team Player Award and Service Efficiency Award.

 

In his anniversary message, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac notes, "the OWWA is not just an infrastructure but is a community of people working together with a common and united goal and aspiration to make the lives of our OFWs and their families their ‘worthy journeys’ to and from overseas employment."

 

The OWWA anniversary this year is anchored on the theme, "We Serve, We Care: 35 Years of Helping OFWs and their Families."

On the 35th anniversary of the OWWA, the officers and staff in the Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) commit to strengthened service to the OFW-members and their families in the Ilocos Region.

 

OFWs and their families who came in to OWWA RWOI on May 2 were treated to free ice cream and snacks, in simple celebration of the agency’s 35th anniversary.

 

The OWWA RWOI officers and staff gathered for a simple recognition rites, to acknowledge the personnel's contribution to the success of the OWWA through the years.

 

RWO ARMM
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

 

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