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OFW woman leader from La Union receives recognition from OWWA

March 16, 2017

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has recognized women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have left overseas work and dedicated themselves to become leaders in their home communities.

 

The recognition rites, held on March 8, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, was in celebration of the International Women's Day 2017 with the theme, "We make change work for women."

 

The "Parangal sa mga Natatatanging Kababaihan" recognized 17 women OFW leaders who were nominated by the 17 OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs) across the nation.

 

The awardee from Region 1 is Edna B. Valdez of La Union. She is the president of the Bannuar ti La Union, a non-government organization composed mostly of women OFW returnees and OFW dependents from the province.

 

Valdez leads the Bannuar ti La Union (Heroes of La Union) in community outreach drives on migrant’s rights and welfare education. One of the advocacies of the group is to mainstream labor migration in the socio-economic development initiatives at the local government units.

OFW woman leader from La Union Edna B. Valdez greets DOLE Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III and OWWA Admin. Hans Leo J. Cacdac during the recognition rites at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, on March 8, 2017, in celebration of the International Women’s Day.

Other awardees were: Myrna B. Garcia, Cordillera Region; Ernita S. Santos, National Capital Region; Jocelyn T. Danao, RWO II; Priscilla S. Cruz, RWO lll; Marilyn B. Ligot, RWOI IV-A; Edna R. Madrigal, RWO IV-B; Lolita D. Tadeo, RWO V; Alicia D. Refor, RWO VI; Marcelina C. Castillon, RWO VII; Ma. Melba l. Esquibel, RWO VIII; Bernadette D. Sedillo, RWO IX; Flor T. Victoriano, RWO X; Carmelita J. Ancheta, RWO XI; Precilla A. Panzo, RWO XII; and Tahanie Mohammad Dalmaob, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

 

The OWWA also recognized the woman member of the agency’s board of trustees, Hon. Estrella Mai D. Anonuevo, for her advocacies in advancing women power.

 

Department of Labor and Employment Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III and OWWA Admin. Hans Leo Cacdac handed over the plaques of recognition to the awardees.

 

“The Filipino women migrant workers as the country’s `economic heroes’ have shown their courageous side by facing the hardships associated with labor migration, and the display of ‘unconditional love’ to their children back home,” said Bello.

Bannuar ti La Union President Edna B. Valdez and 16 other women OFW leaders across the country gather for the “Parangal sa mga Natatanging Kababaihan” recognition rites at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, on March 8, 2017, in celebration of the International Women’s Day.