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RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM conducts monitoring activity to strengthen livelihood program

COTABATO CITY – Consistent in the bid to support and strengthen livelihood programs to its client-OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted a monitoring activity to the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) livelihood recipients last April 24-28, 2017.

 

Family Welfare Officer (FWO) Moctar S. Ulama lead the team. They interviewed the recipients to identify the needs of the OFWs and ensure that the agency continuously delivers quality programs and services for them.

 

“Through this monitoring activity, we determine whether the inputs in the projects were well utilized and to identify problems facing the community or project and finding solutions”, Ulama said.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the monitoring provides a means for the agency seeking to learn from their experiences and to incorporate them into policy and practice.

 

Nagpapasalamat po ako sa OWWA dahil hindi talaga nila kami pinapapabayaan. Nagpapasalamat din po ako dahil patuloy pa rin ang mga programang katulad nito na napakalaking tulong sa aming mga OFW”, one of the beneficiaries said.

 

Thus, OWWA-ARMM continues to seek prospective partners to provide the agency’s livelihood programs a wider range of opportunity that could best meet the needs and interests of their clients. 

 

 

RWO X
OWWA RWO-10 holds Scholars Summer Camp cum Conference and Learning Session

Last May 3-5, 2017, twenty-nine (29) scholars attended the Summer Camp cum Conference and Learning Session held at the Demiren Hotel, Tiano St., Cagayan de Oro City. The two and half day live-in activity has the following objectives as follows: Discuss sexuality as an important component of one’s personality; determine the factors that affects one’s attitudes and practices related to sexuality and assess personal  attitudes that may influence sexual behavior; define what is gender and its concepts; appreciate the importance of dating and courtship in choosing ideal partner in life; identify programs and services and intervention of Government towards the protection of children of OFWs left behind; and gain knowledge on the salient features of RA9262. Topics on human sexuality, gender, courtship, marriage and family life were discussed by Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, OWWO III and Ms. Eunecie D. Rugay, Family Welfare Officer respectively. The scholars were also get acquainted on the Programs and Interventions provided for the children of OFWs by Ms. Marylou L. Aniñon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Field Office No. 10 while Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Edwardsam  A. Eullaran of the Cagayan de Oro City Prosecutor’s Office discussed the legal aspect in pursuing cases against violators. Similarly, he also tackles on Etiquettes in Social Media, Cybercrime – Penalty and Prevention.

 

Aside from the learning sessions, a sports-feast held at Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center and showcase of talents among the scholars highlighted the event. 

 

 

 
 
 

RWO XII
2017 MIGRANT WORKERS’ DAY: ALL FOR BAGONG BAYANIs

Koronadal City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XII celebrated the 2017 Migrant Workers Day with the theme "Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs." at KCC Convention Center, General Santos City last June 07, 2017.

 

The event was participated by Six Hundred (600) Overseas Filipino Workers and their families who are members of various OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the region. The DOLE – Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE – RCC) comprised of attached agencies to the Department of Labor and Employment was also present in the event.  

 

The agency highlighted the exemplary contributions of the OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the SOCCSKSARGEN region through its 2017 OFC Bagong Bayani Awards. This salutation serves as an inspiration to all OFW Family Circles (OFCs) to continue doing worthwhile activities for the betterment of the OFW community and our country.  

 

OIC Director Marlyn E. Jamero in her welcome message expressed her gratitude to the OFW community for their significant contribution to the socio-economic development of our country. She assured that the agency will continue to provide efficient programs and services to address the needs of modern heroes and their families.

 

The 2017 Outstanding OFC Member was Precilla A. Panzo of Capayuran OFW Family Association in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. Her association has been an active partner of LGU-Pigcawayan in initiating various activities like Medical Missions and Feeding Programs. She was also one of the recipients of OWWA’s Parangal sa Natatanging Kababaihan during the Women’s Month Celebration last March 2017 at PICC.

 

Meanwhile, the TM OFW Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative was hailed as the OFC Bagong Bayani Awardee. This OFW association was formed by OWWA in 2004 and was acknowledged as the only OFW cooperative in the region in 2014.  They have been involved in various social and civic activities that empowered its members to be advocates for the improvement of the OFW community in Tulunan, North Cotabato. 

 

"Ang karangalang ito na nagmula sa OWWA ay hindi lamang para sa aming asosasyon. Ito po ay parangal at pagkilala sa bawat bagong bayani na naririto ngayon at saang sulok man ng mundo. Asahan niyo po, na mas pagbubutihan pa namin ang aming paglilingkod upang mas maipagmalaki pa natin ang pamilyang OFW. Mabuhay po ang Migranteng Pilipino. "., this was an excerpt from the message of Mr. Davie P. Celestial, President of TM OFW Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative..

 

Here is the complete list of winners of OFC Bagong Bayani Awards

GROUP CATEGORY

2017 OFC BAGONG BAYANI AWARD

TM OFW Farmers Cooperative

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE

Capayuran  OFW and Family Association

EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Old Poblacion Maitum OFW  Family Association

EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS, CULTURE AND ARTS

Tupi Overseas Families Association

            MOST PROMISING ORGANIZATION

Poblacion 3 OFW and Family Association

EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

New Pangasinan OFW Family Association

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY

OUTSTANDING OFC MEMBER

Precilla A. Panzo

           OFC YOUTH MODEL

Runolyn Subpangan

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Davie P. Celestial

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE

Ginalyn L. Montalban

OUTSTANDING NEW OFC MEMBER

Manuel O. Ramento, Jr.

The celebration is annual activity of OWWA in commemoration of signing into law of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 that aims to recognize the incomparable efforts and sacrifices of Overseas Filipino Workers all over the world.

The  2017 Outstanding OFW Family Circle, TM OFW Farmer Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative together with the  2017 Outstanding OFC Member Precilla A. Panzo (center in blue) 

 

OFW Precilla A. Panzo (center) emotionally receives her Plaque of Recognition and Cash Prize from OIC Marlyn E. Jamero (leftmost) and DOLE XII Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi.

 

Winners for Individual Category holding their Plaques: Manuel Ramento, Jr. – Outstanding New OFC Member and Ginalyn L. Montalban, Excellence for Community and Social Service Awardee.

 

Winners for Individual Category holding their Plaques: Davie P. Celestial – Leadership Awardee and Runolyn M. Subpangan, Outstanding OFC Youth Model Awarde.

 

Winners for Group Category (Clockwise from Upper Right) : Poblacion 3 OFW Family Association – Most Promising OFC; OFW New Pangasinan Isulan Sector -  Excellence for Environmental Protection Awardee; Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association - Excellence for Entrepreneurship Awardee; and Tupi Overseas Families Association - Excellence for Sports, Culture and Arts Awardee.

 

Some of Public OFW Desk Officers(PODOs) who attended this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day.

 

OWWA XII Staff

 

RWO X
OWWA RWO-10 joins International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

OWWA Region-10 joins the International 34th AIDS Candlelight Memorial last May 14, 2017 at the Activity Center, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. Hundreds of participants coming from different sectoral groups to include the academe, youth, health-advocate and some government agencies also attended the event. The program started with a Holy Mass afterwards the ceremonial lighting of candles in commemoration to those who died inflicted with AIDS as well as a show of support to those persons living with HIV, and concerned advocate groups who worked tirelessly for the education and awareness and provision of care and treatment.

 

One of the highlights of the program was the testimony of a person living with HIV. The testimony seeks to reduce the stigma as well as a sort of information-dissemination and awareness to the gravity of the problem. It also aims to encourage persons who have risky behaviors to have tested with HIV and avail of the treatment offered by the government health institutions and non-government organizations.

 

Since its inception in 2010, OWWA-10 has been part of this worthwhile endeavor. OWWA is one of the member age ncies of the Misamis Oriental – Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network, (MOCAN) a coalition of government and non-government organizations working for various HIV-AIDS related causes in Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao.

 
 

 

RWO IX
OWWA RWO-IX AWARDS LIVELIHOOD STARTER KITS TO 21 OFWs

Zamboanga City – Twenty one (21) OFWs received their livelihood starter kits under the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay program of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on May 24 & 26, 2017, this City. The awarding of starter kits was facilitated by Mark Teody Bidad, AO-V/Accountant and assisted by Shedra S. Ayaz and Khalil Isser S. Lorena, both Family Welfare Officers and Fatima Jane Salihuddin, Labor Communication Officer of OWWWA RWO-IX, Zamboanga City.

 

Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay! Program is a package of livelihood assistance/support intended to provide immediate relief to returning OWWA members, active or non-active who were: (1) displaced by hostilities or wars/political conflicts, policy reforms or changes by host governments; (2) victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking or other distressful situations; (3) distressed wards at the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Resource Centers who are due for repatriation; and (4) repatriated OWWA-members who were employed by foreign employers which are beset with financial difficulties due to economic conditions.

 

The livelihood kits starter kits vary from sewing machine, burger stand, and baking & carinderia kits depending on the choice of the recipient. The recipients must submit Business Plan for their desired business and attend the Financial Literacy Training. The training aims to: (1) Equip the participants with management skills in business and (2) Encourage participants to engage in self-employment in lieu of overseas work.

 

Recipients are especially grateful to OWWA RWO-IX for the assistance. “This kit will really help me change my life”, said Jijang Aradi, a recipient of the Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanap Buhay Program.

Recipient of Sewing Machine Kit 
 
Recipient of Baking & Carinderia Kit 
 
Recipient of Burger Stand Kit
 
OWWA RWO IX Staff during the Financial Literacy Training (L-R) (Back) CJ QUIAMCO, FATIMA HAWARI, and FATIMA NASARI (all GIPs), NAJIB SALAPUDDIN, IT Instructor (Front) SHEDRA S. AYAZ and BADRIA ABDULA (Both Family Welfare Officer), FATIMA JANE SALIHUDDIN, Labor Communication Officer

 

RWO I
OWWA opens college scholarship for 2nd to 5th year OFW dependents

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) now accepts application for the scholarship program for overseas Filipino workers’ dependents who are currently enrolled in college.

 

The Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) has been expanded to include admission of OFW legal dependents are now in their second to fifth year in college.

 

The scholarship program provides P60,000 financial assistance to qualified OFW legal dependents, who should be a child of a married OFW-member; or sibling of a single or childless OFW-member. The OFW should also be an active OWWA member. If membership is expired, it should be within the six-month extension period.

 

The applicant should have a general weighted average not lower than B letter grade or 85 per cent equivalence in all subjects in the last school year attended in full load.

 

Only six scholarship slots per province are available. Hence, interested qualified applicants are advised to submit their application the soonest, as acceptance and admission is on a ‘first-come, first-served basis.’

 

Basic documentary requirements include accomplished application form; 2x2 identification picture; birth certificate authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority; duly-authenticated certificate of grades in the last school year; and proof of OWWA membership of the OFW-member.

 

For inquiries, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I may be reached at 0908 863 4300 / 0908 863 4250 / 09727 620 7300, or email at owwalaunion@yahoo.com

 

RWO I
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 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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