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OWWA Caraga Migrant Workers Day: A Huge Success

July 25, 2017
OWWA Caraga Migrant Workers Day: A Huge Success

The 22nd Migrant Workers Day for Caraga Region was celebrated by six hundred and fifty two participants composed of the migrant workers or OFWs, their families and relatives, government and social partners, service providers, recruitment agencies, and as well as the working force at the Claver Municipal Multi-purpose Convention Hall on July 13, 2017, Tuesday.

 

OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in his message, emphasized how the agency continually develops and enhances its programs and services to meet the needs of its member OFWs, both active and inactive. “Dito po sa OWWA, layunin naming lalo pa kaming mapalapit sa inyo at lalo pang maging relevant, accessible ang mga programa namin para po sa inyo.”

 

Moreover, Hon Eddie P. Gokiangkee, Claver Municipal Mayor, took time to extend his gratitude to the Migrant Workers for the great positive impact that they contribute to the economy. “I am thankful to our OFWs who have kept our economy vibrant. It is beyond fitting to earmark a day to express our appreciation to them”.

 

Among the desires of the activity is to bring the services of both public and private sector closer and easily accessible to the participants. OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid acknowledged the support of the network of government agencies who work hand-in-hand in the promotion of the welfare of OFWs. PhilHealth, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Development Bank of the Philippines- Claver Branch were given booths and a slot during the program to advocate their programs and services.

 

Other social partners who have contributed to the success of the celebration were the members of the Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA), Pru Life UK, Camella Homes, Philippine Group Metals Corporation (PGMC), Hyundai Motors, Nature’s Spring, Pepsi Cola Corporation and Paymaya.

 

Meanwhile, PhilHealth, a constant partner of the agency in all its institutionalized events initiated a trivia of their programs and services with giveaways at stake. Ruelan Enterprises, B-MEG and San Miguel spearheaded the parlor games which tested out the competitiveness and energy of the participants. Surely, it pays to participate in the games because a number of cash prizes were given to the energetic winners. The activity brought much laughter and fun to the OFWs and even the sponsors altogether.

 

A dance competition was originally organized for the activity, but the OFW Family Circles were not able to send their entries since most of them are working. It did not, however, hamper the chance of the only group who prepared enough to showcase their talents. The OFC of Tagana-an, with their Muslim inspired outfits complete with beautifully designed props danced the Pinoy Ako, Pinoy Tayo, a household song for all of us Pinoys. They automatically got the first prize and was hailed the 22nd Migrant Workers Day dance contest winners.

 

All of the participants were delightful as they took home their prizes prompted by the outpouring support of both the government and social partners who added up to the already exciting prizes prepared by OWWA. The numerous giveaways including loads of household goods, home appliances and two bicycles that were given away left the crowd ecstatic during the conduct of the activity.

 

Still true to the wholistic goal of the celebration, a community dance was led by the OWWA staff in the newly hyped tune of Despacito. All the participants from the youngsters to the elderly swayed their hips like they have never before. Even the social partners and government agencies shared the same excitement and participated in the exercise that kept them lively especially during noon time.

 

While enjoying the many activities being done, a simultaneous Pampering Booth: foot massage, manicure and pedicure was also provided to the participants who wanted to relax and have a me-time for free. Freebies were also given by the social partners to those who shopped in the booths.

 

In the end, no participant went home empty handed. Although not all of them brought home prizes, all of them enjoyed and took home with them giveaways, the fun-filled memory of camaraderie, the joy of importance and a cheerful heart ever so excited for the OFW Family Day in December and have another chance of winning more gifts. 

OWWA Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid (L), Claver Mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee (C) and OIC PSD Chief Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling (R)