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OFWs in Comval Province oriented on the programs and services of OWWA

February 7, 2018

Compostela Valley Province – A total of twenty (20) active and inactive OFWs from the different municipalities of Compostela Valley Province attended a one-day General Orientation on OWWA Programs and Services last January 5, 2017 at the NICO Conference Room, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province. Participants were mostly domestic workers from the Middle East who were formed through the social media.  

            The activity aims to heighten awareness of participants on the various programs and services of OWWA as well as the benefits of OFWs and their families. It also aims to identify issues and concerns regarding the programs and to be able to organize a dynamic OFW Family Circle in the province.

            OWWA XI Family Welfare Officer, Bonee Jaye B. Bagaipo provided a substantial  input on the five (5) core programs of OWWA which are; Social Benefits, Education and Training Program, Workers Welfare Assistance Program, Social and Family Welfare Services, and Reintegration Program.

            As future care providers, participants were given clear discussion on the workers welfare assistance program. FWO Bagaipo gave emphasis on giving the right assistance to the OFWs and their families with welfare concerns.

            OWWA XI PDOS Trainer and resource person, Mr. Cristelito T. Abadilla, on the other hand, presented a situationer report on the number of active and inactive OFWs in the province of Compostela Valley. In his presentation, Mr. Abadilla stated that as of September 2017, Compostela Valley Province has a total of 15,974 active and inactive OWWA members. Likewise, he discussed the common welfare cases handled by the region and the top 10 skills and country of destinations of workers from Davao region.

            At the end of the activity, participants were able to become more aware on the various programs and services of OWWA . Ms. Amilagros A. del Valle, a clinic specialist in Qatar was very grateful on the knowledge she gained from the activity because she was able to learn about the benefits of the OFWs and the importance of being an OWWA member while Ms. Avalyn M. Solidares, a domestic worker in Kuwait was feeling blessed to be invited to attend the said activity. “I am so delighted with all the information I learned from this seminar. I will surely disseminate the information to my fellow OFWs in Kuwait,” she said.

The activity has made them more confident to answer and assist co-OFWs who experience different problems and maltreatment from their employers. Likewise, the group has expressed their intention to be organized as OFW Family Circle which will serve as conduit of OWWA in the effective delivery of its programs and services at the grassroots level.