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April 17, 2017

Director Emma V. Sinclair of the Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) spearheaded the meeting with the social corporate partners to further improve the Financial Literacy Training and to support various trainings such as Values Formation Seminars conducted at the different communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) at the OWWA Conference Room on 16 March 2017.


She encourages everybody present in the meeting to identify the needs and wants of the OFWs and their dependents to adjust the topics discussed in the conduct of the Financial Literacy at the community level. She challenged the group to plan another approach in teaching them.


The Community Based Trainings are part of the Reintegration Program of OWWA, such as: the Financial Literacy, Values Formation Seminar, Livelihood Skills Development Training and Organizational Development Training conducted at the community level. The Financial Literacy Training guides the OFWs and their dependents on how to manage their finances. The Values Formation Seminar contains topics on relevant family/social issues and moral values. The Livelihood Skills Development Training for would be entrepreneurs covers various knowledge and skills in engaging into different entrepreneurial businesses. The Organizational Development Training tackles leadership in strengthening the dynamics of relationships among OFCs in communities.

Director Emma Sinclair spearheads the consultation meeting together with the official representatives of OWWA-social corporate partners.

The group discussed the 2016 accomplishments and the 2017 plans  were discussed during the meeting. The RWO-NCR and the social corporate partners agreed that they will work together as one in helping one another to improve the community based trainings conducted at various cities and municipality in NCR. Moreover, the RWO-NCR will ensure that the target number of OFWs and their families will attend the organized seminars or orientation. On the other hand, the social corporate partners will invite the resource speakers and the financial advisers to guide the attendees in managing their finances.


Mr. Jerwin Agarao from BPI shared their good practice in conducting the Financial Literacy Training by emphasizing that, “It depends on the life stage of the OFW, if he/she is a beginner OFW diyan pumapasok yung basic savings. Now if sila ay medyo experienced na more on sa investment na ang dini discuss namin and if nasa retiring stage na sila doon na papasok yung preparation for retirement kaya iba-iba yung topic depende sa life stage.”


The Social Corporate Partners actively participating and supporting the OWWA Programs and Services to OFW Family Circles are: Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Duty Free, Metrobank, Banco de Oro (BDO) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

From L to R: Francis Felipe Tolentino, Raymond Maglalang and Jazmine Dabu of Metrobank, Wilmer Mapa of Duty Free, Jerwin Agarao of BPI, OWWA-RWO NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair, Reintegration Unit Head Zandro Almendrala, Program Services Division Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, Atty. Sylvette Sybico of SSS, Vohn Villar of BDO and Doris Tan of LBP.