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OWWA Issues Warning About Loan Scams

Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is warning the public of a scam presently circulating throughout the OFW Community that asks OFWs to pay a certain amount in exchange of an availment of loan from OWWA.


Labor Attaché Nenita Garcia of POLO-Hong Kong SAR, reported yesterday that their office has been receiving calls from OFWs inquiring about the availment of OWWA loans that require an applicant to deposit One Thousand Hong Kong Dollars (HKD 1,000) in order to release the loan. A similar report has also been received from Labor Attaché Vivian Tornea of POLO-Macau.


OWWA has also detected a Facebook account named OWWA Loan, which has purportedly 58 friends. The bogus account uses the OWWA agency logo as profile picture.


OWWA has already reported the fake account to Facebook Management. Likewise, an announcement/ warning has already been posted at the official Facebook account of OWWA and at, the official website of OWWA.


OWWA is reminding all OFWs and the public to be vigilant of scams used by swindlers to deceive people nor to give any information, especially if financial in nature, to unidentified persons. Furthermore, OWWA is advising everyone to transact only with OWWA offices to prevent being victimized by scams. OWWA highly encourages everyone to report suspicious information or transactions through the agency’s 24/7 Operation Center with the following contact details:


Hotline             :           (+632) 551-1560 or (+632) 551-6641

Text                 :           (0917) TxtOWWA or 0917-898-6992

Fax Number    :             891-7601 to 24 or (+632) 804-0638

E-mail              : 

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OWWA Proud for the Two OFWs Making Waves Abroad

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado is elated over the news  that two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are gaining international  recognition  through  their innate talents  and skills in the field of photography.


OFW Rizalde Lumapas Cayanan, 39 years old, is included in the shortlist for this year’s finalists in the Atkins Ciwem Environmental Photographer of the Year competition.  Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies which employs 18,462 employees worldwide. Established in 1938, Atkins is the world’s 15th largest global design firm and one of the top 10 firms in the Middle East and the United States. . 


Mr. Cayanan’s photo, along with other finalists’ artworks, will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London this year, from June 25 to September 2015.   The talented OFW, married, and a resident of Quezon City, works as a broadcast sound technician in Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah in Kuwait.  This camera buff started his flair for photography seven years ago as an event photographer in his church in Kuwait. He specializes in landscape, cityscape, travel, and concert photography.


Despite his accomplishments and various awards in   his field of expertise, OFW Cayanan exudes a sense of humility as he described himself as an amateur photographer. He has been working abroad since 2007 and has been an active OWWA member all these years. His entry entitled ‘Sandstorm in the City’ captured the sandstorm that shut down Kuwait’s International Airport in 2011, reducing the area’s visibility to less than 500 meters, or in some areas, zero visibility.


Meanhwile, another OFW, Xyra dela Cruz Bacani, is also getting attention from the international arena, also in the field of photography, when she bagged a scholarship slot at the prestigious Magnum Foundation (MF), based in New York, USA.


OFW Bacani, 27 years old, a college graduate, works as a household service worker (HSW) in Hong Kong along with her mother. Both are employed by an affluent family there.  The Bacanis are from Nueva Vizcaya. Ms. Xyra Bacani’s love for photography started during her college days. Unable to buy her own camera, she was able to purchase one from the money she borrowed from her employer. During her day offs, she would bring her camera to capture the ‘moving black and white street shots’ depicting the life of migrant workers like her.


OFW Bacani is one of the seven Human Rights Fellows selected by Magnum Foundation (MF) to spend six weeks of study in Tisch School of Arts in New York City. The fellowship’s objective is to give aspiring documentary photographers the skills and support to pursue socially conscious photography in their home countries. OFW Xyra’s name is listed in the 2015 MF website, along with other grantees from Palestine, Syria, South Africa, Haiti, Ukraine, and China.


“We at OWWA, are very happy indeed to hear and read news on  the achievements of  OFWs  as they display  their respective prowess,  not only as globally-competitive workers,  but also as talented   individuals who excel in artistic  aspects,” OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said.


According to Administrator Calzado, all along, these pieces of good news confirmed Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’ pronouncements about OFWs being the country’s ambassadors spreading positive  Filipinos values.


“We commend OFWs Cayanan and Bacani for keeping us, Filipinos, in the limelight again. Their works speak about Filipinos’ vast talent and hard work, which earn the accolades, not only of their ‘kababayans’ but of   other nationalities too.    In fact, another point that makes them stand out is the way they manage to attend religiously to their jobs, and how they are able to express their artistry during their free time.  OFWs Cayanan’s  and Bacani’s stories  serve as an  inspiration to other Filipino migrant workers to continue fulfilling their aspirations,  because nobody knows when their `star’  will  shine,” the OWWA chief stressed.



September 2013, the group was founded at the summit of Pico de Loro at Nasugbu, Batangas. Initially, there were only seven (7) members namely Arjay Aguilar,  Malvin Sangco, Jay Santillan, Vicky Lim, Tark Torres, Runny Quintanilla and Alvin Remojo. Since the members were OWWA employees, the group named as OWWA Mountaineering Group or most commonly known as OMG. The membership is open to all OWWA Employees, Family & Friends with a common interest to engage and inspire people to appreciate, learn about, and protect our nature and humanity.


Arjay N. Aguilar, Malvin Sangco, Jay Santillan, Vicky Lim, Alvin Remojo, Ramil Torres, Ranny Quintanilla, Daisy Alilio, Judith Gloria Santos, Chichi Sapalicio, Fhino Santos, JP Eben, Jed Dela Cerna, Dir. Malou Reyes, Freya Palad, Charlito Alcaide, Heidi Leonardo, Jong Sanchez, Mark Sanchez, Mark Palad, Paul Hernandez, Chee Distrito Senerez, Raymond John Senerez, Ascii Suarez, Marlon Sangco, Ogie Dalag, Divine Motas, Myra, Bea, Allan Samaniego, Nhel Samaniego, John Tabequero & Marian Huevos.



06 June 2015

RECIPIENT : Magallang Elementary School, Barangay Magallang Libon, Albay and

Alternative Learning System (ALS)


Prep. = 18, Grade1 =20, Grade2 = 20, Grade3 = 23, Grade4=24, Grade5=24, Grade6=27    




1.     School Bag/backpack

2.     Tablet Paper for Grade Kinder to Grade 6

3.     Composition for Prep to Grade 4 & Spiral for Grades 5 & 6


Pencil, ballpen, crayon, scissor, ruler, eraser, art paper, brown envelope, bond paper, visual aides, chalk etc.


Contact Person:

Aldin A. Villamer – District Coordinator - Alternative Learning System (ALS)-DECS

Amado Osila – ALS Mobile teacher

Nirus Franciscus Amiel M. Niro – ALS Abot Alam Teacher

Nicolas  S. Segovia, Jr. – Head Teacher III, Magallang Elem. School, Magallang, Libon, albay


On behalf of OWWA MOUNTAINEERING GROUP (OMG), we would like to thank our dear sponsors to the success of our 1st outreach “Lapis at Papel… Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan” on June 6, 2015 in Barangay Magallang, Libon, Albay:  WelOf Angel Cruz, Jr., AS Brenda Salazar, AS Hart Sangco, WelOF Rossane S. Bahia-Catapang, AS Julian Vasquez, Jr., WelOf Petrona Bergado, AS Levin Gabutan, WelOf Dedeng Gatinao, Ms. Roselyn Vibar, AS Cristy Rondolos, Ms. Kriz Furaque, AS Nelson Borbon, WelOf Marivic Demingoy, WelOf Mary Cyd Simangan, AS Rhona Fahigal, AS Josie Guevara, AS Richard Senerez, Welof Pepe Capa, WelOf Orlan Nadora, WelOf Bernie Toriano, WelOf Ruth Tan, AS Jun Parco, AS Dengdeng Florida , AS Dennis Reingen, WelOf Ross Octaviano, WelOf Amy Empaynado, Ms. Gemma Dio



OWWA Approves US Trip for OWWA Scholar to Attend Ergonomics Convention

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is pleased to grant the request of Nikole Andrei B. Mallare, a scholar of the agency under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) permission to attend the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) to be held at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 26 to 30, 2015.


Mallare, a 4th year BS Industrial Engineering student of the University of the Philippines- Diliman co-authored the paper, “System Assessment of the Legibility of the Handwriting in Medical Prescriptions of Doctors from Public and Private Hospitals in Quezon City, Philippines.”After a rigid selection conducted by the UP Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, the paper was selected for submission to the AFHE organizers and was later on accepted for presentation in the August conference.


Mallare receives Php 60,000.00 per school year as part of his scholarship under the OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program.

Families of Deceased OFWs to receive social benefits from OWWA

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of Anselmo Ramos Cayabyab, Jr. and Oscar Briotonel Ilagan, OFWs who were killed in appalling circumstances while on vacation in the Philippines.


OFW Anselmo R. Cayabyab, worker in Papua New Guinea, died due to a vehicular accident while on their way to a family picnic in San Fabian, Pangasinan. OFW Oscar B. Ilagan, on the other hand, works as a factory worker in Athens, Greece, and was stabbed to death while sleeping at their house in Batangas. Both OFWs were active members of OWWA at the time of death.


Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis- Baldoz instructed OWWA at once to assist the worker’s families in coping up with the OFWs’ death and to facilitate the release of their benefits as OWWA-members.


As active OWWA-members, the families of the deceased OFWs are entitled to Death and Burial Benefit amounting to Php 220,000.00 as the cause of their death is accidental in nature. The surviving heirs are, likewise, eligible to the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) where the surviving spouse will receive Php15,000.00-worth of livelihood package and the first-born child is extended educational assistance until he/she finishes college education. Concerned OWWA Regional Offices will also provide psycho-social counseling to the families of the deceased workers.


OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado reiterated her reminder to OFWs to renew their OWWA Membership to have social protection while they are still active overseas workers. “By being an OWWA Member, you don’t just have access to what the agency has to offer to OFWs, but you and your families are also protected especially during distressful situations,” Administrator Calzado said.


The aforementioned social benefits are just some of the many programs and services offered by the government, through OWWA, to carry out its mandate of protecting and promoting the interest and welfare of OFWs. The government continues to strengthen its mechanism of empowering the Filipino migrant workers as the government is one with them in their aspiration of uplifting the lives of their families and the country as a whole. 


Migrant Workers Day Celebration - OWWA Central Office, 8 June 2015


Migrant Workers Day Celebration - OWWA Central Office, 8 June 2015


Migrant Workers Day Celebration - OWWA Central Office, 8 June 2015


Migrant Workers Day Celebration - OWWA Central Office, 8 June 2015