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OWWA-RWO VI celebrates Seafarers’ Day 2017 with inter-agency orientation seminar

October 13, 2017

To honor the contributions of its sea-based Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) members, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently conducted its annual Seafarers’ Day activity with a free orientation seminar.

About forty-six (46) attendees composed of vacationing seafarers, members of the Seafarers’ Wives of Association of Visayas Inc. (SWAVI) – Iloilo Chapter, and representatives from several manning agencies attended the half-day forum at OWWA’s Iloilo City office last September 29, 2017.

 

Ms. Wilfreda L. Misterio, OWWA Region 6 Director, asks the members of SWAVI to stand up and be recognized .

 

Aside from OWWA, other government agencies that participated in the said activity were the Department of Labor and Employment, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), PhilHealth, the Social Security System (SSS), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The said agencies shared their programs and updates with regards to their OFW clients.

Ms. Wilfreda L. Misterio, the Region 6 Director of OWWA, emphasized why regular activities held for seafarers and OFWs, in general, are important.

“Connection to the family is the one thing that is sacrificed when a seafarer goes abroad to work,” Director Misterio said. “The very least could do as an agency is to reach out to our clients and show them that we value their contributions.”

The event was held in observance of the World Maritime Day, a day created by the United Nations (UN) via the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to “highlight the significant contribution of the IMO and its Member States to global efforts to improve the safety, security and efficiency of shipping and to protect the marine environment.”  

 

OWWA Region 6 staff Ms. Rizza Joy M. Moldes, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II (seated, extreme left), and Ms. Jean B. Jover, Family Welfare Officer (standing, extreme left), poses with the participants at the end of the seminar.

 

This year’s theme was “Connecting Ships, Ports, and People.”