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OWWA opens provincial office in Rosales, Pangasinan

August 4, 2017
OWWA opens provincial office in Rosales, Pangasinan

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has opened its provincial office in Rosales, Pangasinan, to bring its services closer to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in the OFW-rich province.


The OWWA Regional Welfare Office 1 (RWOI)- Pangasinan provincial welfare office (PWO) started its daily operations last 31 July 2017. The PWO is housed at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Eastern Pangasinan field office, located at the Government Center, Brgy. Carmay East, Rosales, Pangasinan.


Since 2012, the OWWA RWOI has been holding its satellite office at the DOLE Rosales, Pangasinan, with operations every Friday. But with the increasing clamor from OFW clienteles in Pangasinan and the volume of availment of services, the OWWA RWOI has endeavored to expand its operations in the province.


“This is very timely, especially that the OWWA programs and services are becoming more accessible and responsive to the needs of the OFW-members,” said OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta, Jr. “With the expansion of our programs comes the need to enhance the delivery of our services,” he added.


The Rosales PWO has been serving an average of 200 clients every Friday. Now with the daily operations, the number is anticipated to increase.


Among the services offered in the provincial office include public assistance, program availment, and collection of OWWA membership contribution.


The first OWWA provincial office in Region 1, the Rosales PWO is set to be formally launched soon, to be attended by the officials from the DOLE, Pangasinan Provincial Government and the local government of Rosales.


The OWWA RWOI will also maintain its other satellite offices in Pangasinan, such as in DOLE Dagupan every Wednesday; and DOLE Alaminos every Friday.


Pangasinan is known to be one of the OFW-rich provinces in the country. To date, there are 240, 433 active and inactive OWWA members from Pangasinan, comprising 54% of the total membership in Region 1. 

Clients at the OWWA Provincial Office in Rosales, Pangasinan watch OWWA personnel as they put up the signage at the provincial office, which will now operate daily to bring OWWA programs and services closer to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in the Pangasinan.