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OWWA Region 6 formally opens search for 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year Award

June 15, 2017
OWWA Region 6 formally opens search for 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year Award

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 6 formally announced its search for this year’s Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) at the Migrant Workers’ Day celebration last June 7, 2017.  


The MOFYA aims to honor the sacrifices and contributions of Filipino migrants abroad by promoting stories of success from the different OFW communities.


In addition, the said award also intends to improve the image of OFW families by highlighting their roles as agents of socio-civic, educational, professional, and entrepreneurial advancement.


Two (2) outstanding OFW families per region (one each for the land-based and sea-based category) will be selected as regional winners, and only two winners per category will be determined as grand winners for the national level.


The criteria of the selection process include the following:

  • Wholesome OFW Family (50%);

  • Civic/Community Involvement of OFW and Family (20%);

  • Success in OFW and/or Family member/s education or profession (20%); and

  • Success in Managing Family Finances (10%).


Moreover, nominees should comply with the following requirements to qualify:

  1. The OFW, either single or married and with proof of OWWA membership, should head the family and may either be or formerly working abroad under a formal or informal employment contract or work permit;

  2. The OFW should have at least five (5) years of work experience;

  3. The OFW family should be known as an exemplary presence in the community; and

  4. The OFW family should be financially stable.


While individual nominations are not accepted, Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA Region 6, encourages Local Government Units, Non-Governmental Organizations, People’s Organization (POs), religious groups, and community-based socio-civic associations to nominate their choices of OFW families.


Interested groups can visit the OWWA Regional Office 6 at the 3rd floor of Robinsons Place Iloilo City for inquiries, or they can also be contacted at phone numbers (033) 337-4484/ 509-1075 or at their Bacolod City satellite office at (034) 432-2873.


Deadline of nomination and submission of documents is on September 7, 2017.


(FILE PHOTO): Mr. Nestor U. Tubongbanua and Family of Guimaras, Iloilo was the 2015 MOFYA national winner for the sea-based category.