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A total of 1,987 livelihood starter kits were handed out by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through its regional offices to distressed OFWs who returned to the country from January to December 2014 through the welfare agency’s Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program.


Majority of the distressed OFW-beneficiaries were females who worked as household service workers and caregivers. The remaining number comprised skilled workers, mostly male, from countries experiencing political and civil unrest such as Libya and Syria.


Most of the recipients came from Region III, followed by Regions IV-A, X, V, CAR, XI, NCR, XII, II, VI, VIII, and I.


The livelihood starter kits that amounted to P19.72M were to be used mostly for food-related ventures in various modes. These are in trading (buy and sell, rice and other foods and consumer goods, fish vending, mini-grocery, e-load, etc), agricultural production (crops, livestock & poultry), food service (carinderia, kakanin), food processing (meats, foods, fruits, candies, etc), service (salon, spa, parlor, massage, cell phone repair, computer repair, electrical repair) and manufacturing (bakery, dress making, tailoring, candle making).


Balik-Pinas-Balik-Hanapbuhay is a one-time-availment, non-cash, livelihood assistance given to returning OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to wars/political conflicts in their host countries, or were maltreated, or victimized by human trafficking. 

Two-day Training of Trainers on New World Manila Bay Hotel

The OWWA, in partnership with the International Organization for Migration, (who hosted the training) recently concluded a two-day Training of Trainers on New World Manila Bay Hotel (formerly known as Hyatt Hotel and Casino) last 12th and 13th of February 2015.  It was attended by accredited trainers from the NGOs, recruitment agencies and Regional Directors of OWWA. 


The training also introduced new changes on the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) Manual which will be released soon.


The speakers were composed of representatives from the NGOs, the recruitment agencies and OWWA Officials.


Module One - PDOS Perspective - Albert Q. Valenciano, Director IV, PPDO - OWWA

Module Two -  Working Overseas -Dangal ng Bayan - Luther Calderon, President, KAMPI

Moduel Three - Standard Employment Contract - Ricardo Casco, Mission Coordinator / National Programme Officer, IOM

Module Four - Government Programs and Services - Emma V. Sinclair - Regional Director OWWA-NCR

Module Five - Departure Tips - Jocelyn O. Hapal, Regional Director - OWWA-RWO 5

Module Six - Health and Safety Awareness - Ma. Fe Nicodemus, Chairperson, KAKAMMPI

Module Seven - Personal Finance Tips - Edwina Beech, President - Chairwoman,  PASEI




OFW Families from Regions 4-B, 11 Proclaimed MOFYA 2014 Grand Winners

The families of Bartolome C. Cadavero of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and Fe S. Lao of Bansalan, Davao del Sur emerged as national winners of the 10th MOFYA (Model OFW Family of the Year Award ) in the sea-based and land-based categories after a year-long search conducted in 2014. The honor rite was held January 26 in Blue Leaf Filipinas, Parañaque City.


After 33 years of overseas employment, sea-based winner Captain Cadavero acquired farm lands, real estate properties, and a plantation of exotic, high value trees like rubber and gmelina while land-based winner Fe S. Lao’s toils abroad was put into good use by her husband whose expertise in agriculture resulted in a multi-million integrated, organic farm enterprise with supplemental by-products.


As grand prize winners, Cadavero and Lao received trophies, cash prize of P500,000 and appliances.


Meanwhile, special awards, Best in Community Projects and Best in Entrepreneurship were bestowed on the families of Engr. Isidro M. Cabantac of Region 1 and Capt. Juan M. Cope of Region V. The Cabantacs received numerous awards from various organizations in public and private sectors for their agricultural projects benefiting the community while the Copeses translated their advocacies in advancing health and wellness and education into a school and a hospital.


Special awards winners were given plaques of recognition and P100,000 each.


MOFYA is an annual, nationwide search of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to honor and recognize outstanding families of Filipino migrant workers who have shown exemplary example of family solidarity, financial stewardship, civic/community involvement, and entrepreneurship.


Major sponsors for the 10th MOFYA are Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Banco de Oro (BDO). Insular Life and Duty Free Philippines provided additional logistical support.


OFW Fe S. Lao and Family - Land-Based Category – (Region 11)


Capt. Bartolome C. Cadavero and Family – Sea-Based Category (Region IV-B)


Capt. Juan C. Cope and Family – Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship (Region V)


Engr. Isidro M. Cabantac and Family – Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects (Region 1)

2014  MOFYA National Winners  Slated on 23 January

It is all systems go for the announcement of the grand national winners for the search for the 2014 Most Outstanding OFW Family Award (MOFYA), OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said.  


Now on its 10th  year, OWWA announced that the selection for the 17 OWWA Regional Welfare Office  winners (one from the land based category and one from the sea-based category), started in September last year. The 34 OWWA Regional winners automatically qualify as finalists to the National awards to be held in the afternoon of  23 January 2015, at the Blue Leaf Filipinas, Parañaque City.  


Meanwhile at the national level, two (2)  winners, one from the land-based and sea-based categories, shall be chosen from among all the Regional winners. Two (2) special awards, the “Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects” and the “Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship” titles shall be conferred among the deserving  finalists.  


According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who chairs the Board of Judges, the criteria for the selection of the regional and national MOFYA awardees include wholesomeness of the family, success in their profession,  success in business and financial management, and civic or community involvement or leadership. MOFYA exemplifies family solidarity among Filipinos, who, despite distance, continue to  show support to  one another. 


Secretary Baldoz added that ‘best practices’ among nominees/candidates shall also be given points such as unity and solidarity among family members,  and adherence to traditional Filipino values.


The panel of Judges of the National Screening & Selection Committee comes from the government and private sectors, non-government organizations (NGOs), and religious group. The Two (2) grand winners (land-based and sea-based) will each receive a trophy and a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P500,000.00);   plus One  (1) refrigerator.


In addition, two special awards will be given plaque of recognition and a  cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (100,000.00) to the winner for the “Most Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship”, plus one refrigerator, and One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00) for the winner for the most “Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects”, plus one (1) refrigerator.   


Each of the 34 Regional winners will receive a cash prize of Forty Thousand Pesos (P40,000.00). All MOFYA finalists/nominees will also be given a MOFYA trophy, plus One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00)  insurance coverage for two family members,  per family.     


This year’s major sponsors are the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), and  Banco de Oro (BDO). Meanwhile  Insular Life , and  Duty Free Philippines  are  the event’s minor sponsors.  


“We are truly proud of all our MOFYA awardees, both past, the new roster as well as the future winners, because they exemplify what every OFW aspires for—success both in their work stints abroad and a happy, fulfilled family life,” OWWA Chief Calzado said. Administrator Calzado added that she encourage other OWWA members to participate in the future search for MOFYA, to serve as their ‘legacy’ to their children and the generations after them. 

"POLO Command Conference last December 17-19, 2014 at the OSHC Compound"
"POLO Command Conference last December 17-19, 2014 at the OSHC Compound"
"POLO Command Conference last December 17-19, 2014 at the OSHC Compound"
"POLO Command Conference last December 17-19, 2014 at the OSHC Compound"