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OWWA-RWO XI recognized social partners and service providers during the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day

August 4, 2017
OWWA-RWO XI recognized social partners and service providers during the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day

Davao City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office XI has successfully conducted the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day last June 7, 2017 at the Kadayawan Hall of NCCC Mall, Davao City attended by around 1,000 OFWs and their families from Davao City and the four (4) provinces of Davao Region.

 

The annual celebration is in pursuant to R.A. 8042 also known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 which aims to recognize the vital contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the national economy and to show the government’s resolve in protecting and promoting the welfare of OFWs and their families.

 

In line with this year’s theme: “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kalusugan at Kabuhayan ng mg OFWs”, the region resolved to give recognition to its social partners, outstanding OWWA scholars and OFW Family Circles (OFCs), successful OFW-entrepreneurs and service providers. On the side, the OWWA conducted free health and wellness services provided by the PNP Medical Team while Certified Massage Therapists from Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty and Wellness provided free hand, head and back massage to the participants.

 

Various products of the OFW Family Circles and some Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program beneficiaries were likewise showcased at the livelihood fair. Among the products displayed were handicrafts, food products, slippers, pillow cases, rugs, laundry soap and powder, among others.

 

The OWWA Regional Office XI gave recognition to fifty-three (53) Local Government Units in the entire Davao Region thru its Public Service Office (PESO) Managers and OFW Help Desk Coordinators. They were awarded with a Certificate of Recognition for their unwavering support in the promotion of OWWA programs and services through various empowering initiatives for the OFWs and their families.

 

Mark M. Alipio, a 4th-year B.S. in Radiological Technology student and a  grantee of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of OWWA received the 2017 Academic Excellence Award for being a consistent Dean’s Lister. Alipio, son of a Domestic Worker in Singapore, was one of the passers of the EDSP competitive examinations held nationwide in 2013. The 21-year old Mark from Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province, received a Plaque and a cash prize worth P3,000.00.

 

OFW couple Fernando and Lorybeth Alberto were cited for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship 2017 in Davao Region. They owned a grocery named “KEAN’s Store” in Caraga, Davao Oriental. Both were former OFWs in Taiwan. They decided to come back to the Philippines to establish their own business. They availed of the P2B Reintegration Program of OWWA and was able to secure a loan amounting to P300,000.00 which was used as additional capital for their grocery. Armed with entrepreneurial spirit, they succeeded in their endeavor. Their business became one of the largest grocery stores in the municipality of Caraga, Davao Oriental. They received a Plaque of Recognition and cash prize of P5,000.00.

 

Likewise, the Tagum City Federation of OFWs and Beneficiaries was awarded as the region’s 2017 Most Outstanding OFW Family Circle for promoting the welfare and well-being of its members through various socio-economic and capacity building interventions. The Plaque of Recognition was received by its Federation President, Mr. Kaizer Obenza including a cash prize of P3,000,00.

 

Partner government agencies like POEA, DTI, TESDA, DSWD, NBI, Philhealth, SSS, and Pag-IBIG provided basic and substantial information on their respective programs and services. Representatives from each agency addressed the various queries and concerns of the participants.

 

This year’s social partners like NCCC Mall Davao, Land Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Pag-IBIG Fund, and Paramount Life and General Insurance Corp. were likewise given a Plaque of Appreciation for their invaluable support in ensuring the success of this year’s celebration.

 

The event was graced by 3rd District Councilor and Chairperson for Migrant Workers Affairs, Hon. Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes and DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos representing Regional Director Raymundo G. Agaravante. Both delivered inspirational messages to the participants and showed support to the implementation OWWA’s programs and services.

 

The Honorable City Mayor, Atty. Sara G. Duterte – Carpio likewise gave her message of support which was read by OWWA XI Programs and Services Division Chief Carmelo T. Elaya.

 

OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido welcomed guests and participants while Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac delivered his message thru audio-video presentation.

 

The most awaited part of the program was the raffle draw. Each participant was entitled to a raffle coupon and had the chance to win fabulous appliances and cash prizes courtesy of this year’s corporate sponsors. 

The participants from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province.
 
Ribbon-cutting ceremony (from right to left: DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director Evelyn R. Ramos, OWWA XI Regional Eduardo E. Bellido, Councilor and Chairperson for Migrant Affairs Hon. Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes and representative from RTWPB).
 
Mark M. Alipio, a 4th-year B.S. in Radiological Technology student and a grantee of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) of OWWA received the 2017 Academic Excellence Award for being a consistent Dean’s Lister.
 
OFW couple Fernando and Lorybeth Alberto were cited for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship 2017 in Davao Region.
 
A Plaque of Recognition was awarded to Tagum City Federation of OFWs and Beneficiaries received by its President, Mr. Kaizer Obenza including a cash prize of P3,000,00.
 
PESO Managers and OFW Help Desk Coordinators from Davao Oriental received Plaque of Appreciation.
 
 
Free medical services rendered by the medical team of PNP XI.