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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.



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.


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


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.


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.






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.” 


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). 

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.

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.


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).