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OWWA-TFC Officials renew their ties on the OWWA-TFC MOA Signing at Restaurant 9501, ABS-CBN Building, Quezon City on 14 December 2015

Left to Right - Lawrence Reyes, Ailene Averion, Alesandra Dela Cruz, Admin Rebecca Calzado, Dir. Carmelina Velasquez and Dir. Albert Valenciano.

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With the OWWA Directors and Vehnee Saturno
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With Emcee Top 10 Ms. Universe Finalist 2014, MJ Lastimosa
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The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year 2015

The landbased winner is Engr. Robert L. Ranchez and Family from Region I

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The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year 2015

The seabased winner is Nestor S. Tubongbanua and Family from Region VI

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The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently awarded the Model OFW Family of the Year 2015

The landbased winner is Engr. Robert L. Ranchez and Family from Region I and Nestor S. Tubongbanua of Region VI from the seabased category.

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For the Special Award - Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects, Robert V. Guansing and Family took home the bacon
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For the Special Award - Outstanding Achievement for Entrepreneurship, Husna S. Sabtal and Family were awarded
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OWWA asks OFWs to be Vigilant to counter "laglag-bala" fiasco

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado expressed concern over the recent events where bullets are reportedly found in the luggage of OFWs. With the coming of holiday season, it would spread worry among those who will be coming home for their vacation.  It has been said that numerous passengers, a number of whom are OFWs, have been apprehended when bullets were allegedly found in their baggage.  Many denied these allegations and insisted they were victims of extortion.

 

"It is truly sad that some of our OFWs have been accused of possessing these illegal items.  I am confident that the assigned authority will deal with this concern soon so as to relieve the tensions in our airports.  In the meantime, I encourage all OFWs to be extra vigilant especially with their luggage.  They should never leave their baggage alone, or out of their sight.  Always make sure that they carry their luggage at all times and take all the necessary precautions to safeguard your belongings,” Administrator Calzado said.

 

Acting upon the instructions of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Administrator Calzado alerted the OWWA personnel particularly those assigned at the airport to assist OFWs coming in and going out of the country. OWWA is also ready to provide temporary shelter to OFWs and could facilitate communication with their next-of-kin in case untoward incident happens.

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OWWA Offers Assistance To OFW Ortinez

On October 25th, 2015, OFW Gloria Ortinez landed on NAIA from Laoag Airport.  She was supposed to catch her connecting flight to Hong Kong where she has been working for more than twelve years.  Unfortunately, her attention was called as her luggage passed through the x-ray machine.  An officer informed her that a bullet was discovered in her luggage.   Ortinez vehemently denied that she was carrying a bullet since, as a veteran OFW, she knows the usual procedures in the airports.  She was apprehended and investigated on her case.

 

Gloria Ortinez is a mother of two and she hailed from Ilocos Sur.  She is the primary breadwinner of her family.

 

Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado then ordered the OWWA Regional Office to visit her family.  They narrated her ordeal to the Team.  Although she was released temporarily, she is still under investigation.  Her legal counsel is scheduled to visit the Head Office in Manila to further discuss her case.  Her family also expressed their interest to contact OWWA in case they will need additional assistance.

 

In addition, OWWA Welfare Officer at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Hong Kong is continuously trying to reach the employer to ensure worker’s term of employment.

 

Upon instructions of Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Administrator Calzado alerted the OWWA personnel particularly those assigned at the airport to assist OFWs coming in and going out of the country. The Labor and Employment Chief also ordered OWWA to make available the provisions for the temporary shelter, communication and transportation facilities for the OFW families and other incidental services if needed.

 

Administrator Calzado   likewise urges our kababayans to be extra vigilant with their belongings at the airport.  They must always keep their baggage with them at all times and carefully watch them as they go through the x-ray machines.  In the event they will be questioned, they must always ask for an airport authority and a witness before bags are examined.

 

OWWA has alerted its teams in all three NAIA terminals, to provide assistance in the unlikely event that OFWs will encounter the "laglag-bala" concern.

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