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February 1, 2018

Malilipot, Albay - The need to hear out the programs and services of the lead agency for the welfare of OFWs was the driving force of the OFW community of Barangay San Jose in Malilipot, Albay to convene one afternoon on January 15, 2017.


The municipality, known for its rope making, has one woman who initiated the move to gather. Maria Gracia S. Gimena, a former HSW from Singapore did the house-to-house approach to inform her neighborhood that OWWA RWO5 shall visit their municipality. 


The supposed to be twenty attendees rose to fifty five during the program orientation. They were all eyes on the screen as each intervention program in the migration cycle was discussed.


Many have raised queries on scholarships and livelihood projects while some had been quiet in jotting down notes. 


The prime mover of the activity was nominated and elected as the president of the organization. Maria Gracia in her speech says “I am actually hesitant to take this position as I live alone and I have a small business that I am running to sustain my everyday needs, but after seeing your support for me, I will do my best to help the organization as partner in informing others of programs for OFWs". 


Barangay San Jose is the first OFW organization to have been formed in the municipality of Malilipot. During the orientation, there were residents of other barangays present and some have already signified interest to have their area visited too.