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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 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 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 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
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 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.

RWO IX
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 ARMM
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 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 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.

 

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