Today, 08 March 2017, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll is the keynote speaker in the “Parangal sa mga Natatanging Kababaihan” where seventeen (17) women OFWs coming from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) seventeen (17) Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs) will be recognized for their exemplary works in balancing acts as ‘homemakers’ and `achievers’. The recognition for the feat and achievements of these Filipino women migrant workers is in conjunction with the celebration of the Women’s month
Nominees for the awards were carefully screened based on the following criteria: Active involvement as Officer of the OFW Family Circle or OFC which serves as the agency’s social partner in disseminating its relevant programs and services at the ‘grassroots level’; Advocates of women empowerment, welfare and development; active participant in OFW issues and concerns and community projects; Serves as inspiration, innovator/leader in the community; Contributor in the development of community civic
activities; strongly supports activities pertaining to women issues focused on health and nutrition, entrepreneurship, gender equality, among others.
“For us, all women are winners in their own unique way since they remind us of the ‘heroism’ from the moment we are born and throughout our lifetime. The Filipino women migrant workers as the country’s `economic heroes’ have shown their courageous side by facing the hardships associated with labor migration, and the display of ‘unconditional love’ to their children back home. This event is truly a tribute to women empowerment. Support to women empowerment is tantamount to advocacy in gender equality,” Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll said.
The OFW recipients of the awards are: MYRNA B. GARCIA, CAR; ERNITA S. SANTOS, NCR; EDNA B. VALDEZ, RWO l; JOCELYN T. DANAO, RWO ll; PRISCILLA S. CRUZ, RWO lll; MARILYN B. LIGOT, RWO lV-A; EDNA R. MADRIGAL, RWO lV-B; LOLITA D. TADEO, RWO V; ALICIA D. REFOR, RWO Vl; MARCELINA C. CASTILLON, RWO Vll; MA. MELBA L. ESQUIBEL, RWO Vlll; BERNADETTE D. SEDILLO, RWO lX; FLOR T. VICTORIANO, RWO X; CARMELITA J. ANCHETA, RWO Xl; PRECILLA A. PANZO, RWO Xll; and TAHANIE MOHAMMAD DALMAOB, ARMM.
OWWA will likewise recognize the woman member of the agency’s Board of Trustees HON.. ESTRELLA MAI D. AÑONUEVO, for her advocacies in advancing women power.