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OWWA Administrator meets with representatives from HRD Korea - EPS Center in the Philippines

OWWA Administrator meets with representatives from HRD Korea - EPS Center in the Philippines

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OWWA Resolves OFW Cases Faster under SEnA

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado is happy  over the outcome of the report prepared by  the National Conciliation Mediation Board (NCMB) on the implementation of the Single- Entry Approach (SEnA) Program covering January -July 2015.  In the said report, the agency  resolved OFW-related cases  on the average of 3 days.   


Pursuant to  DOLE Department Order No. 107-10, series of 2010, the single- entry approach (SEnA) prescribes a 30-day mandatory period  for the settlement of complaints filed  by OFWs through conciliation, and that the agency that receives  the complaint is duty-bound to act on it and not refer it to other agency.  


According to  Administrator Calzado, during the 6-month period, OWWA handled various  Requests for Assistance (RFAs)  of  OFW cases ranging from contract violation/substitution, unpaid salaries/overtime, mistreatment/maltreatment, poor living condition, retrieval of passport/’documents.   


Thus, from  January to July 2015, the agency received a total of 2,049 cases and  2,060 RFAs.   Due to its quick response to  cases brought to its attention, OWWA immediately settled  1,664.  All OFWs who filed cases with OWWA  against  their  employers/recruitment agencies showed interest to pursue their case.  


In the meantime, out of  2,049 cases  from January to July this year,  OWWA disposed of 1,962 cases  with a 95% disposition rate and  settled 1,739  cases with   an 84% settlement rate, within  3 days, on the average.  


As a result of its efforts, OWWA assisted in the payment of monetary claims of OFWs  amounting to P37.4 million.    


Meanwhile, the OWWA Chief  vowed  to continue to serve  OWWA clients, especially those  who have experienced   various forms of  abuses,  and immediately  resolve their cases. 

Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and other Philippine Officials with the Filipino Community in Korea
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MOFYA 2015
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OWWA Scholar Tops Occupational Therapy Board Exam

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado expressed her delight and warm congratulations to Cesar Suyko Llanto III who ranked first in the Occupational Therapist National Licensure Examination conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission on August 8-9, 2015.


Llanto is a scholar of OWWA under its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).


A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the Velez College in Cebu City, Llanto bested 106 other passers.


He is the son of Cesar P. Llanto, Jr., a seafarer for 31 years and is currently working for Arctic Shipping Corporation. Being an active OWWA Member, his son, Cesar took the EDSP Qualifying exam in 2009. He passed the exam and made it to the Top 100 making him an OWWA Scholar.


“We are very much pleased with this new achievement of one of our scholars. This feat is an attestation that OWWA Scholars continue to excel in their respective field of discipline and that they are deserving of the educational assistance provided to them,” Administrator Calzado said.


Llanto also expressed his gratitude to the agency for the assistance it has given him throughout his 4-year journey in college.


“OWWA has made a significant contribution as to how far I have achieved. OWWA has provided me more than just the money,”

Llanto said, adding that the conferences and seminars conducted by OWWA for their scholars have given him new skills in preparation for his job in the future.


“Along the way, I have made friends with other scholars and we have become a community where we help each other out and discuss professional, academic and even personal matters guided by the warm staff of OWWA.”

he added.


Llanto dedicates this victory to his parents for always encouraging him to believe in himself and to keep up his faith in God.


Llanto is planning to pursue his career by working in a pediatric clinic as it is where his passion is. He is also open to the idea of being a lecturer to Goldfrank, his review center for the examination, to pay back the help they have given him and to inspire aspiring occupational therapists.


Last year, Ivy Elaine Aguilar Cadalzo, another EDSP Scholar, ranked number one (1) in the Geodetic Engineer Licensure Exam and is now gainfully employed as a Research Associate in the University of the Philippines.


EDSP is a scholarship program of OWWA which gives opportunity to dependents of active OFWs to enroll in any 4-5 year course in college in any CHED-accredited school or university of their choice in the Philippines. OWWA provides academic financial assistance amounting to Php 60, 000.00 per school year to applicants who will pass the qualifying examination and make it to the top 200 qualifiers nationwide.


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OWWA Scholars Continue to be Competitive

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado  is elated over the  news that another OWWA scholar  placed ninth in the  Government Licensure Examination  for Social  Workers given last  July 29-30, 2015  at Cagayan de Oro  City.    


According to Administrator Calzado,  top 9 is Hubaib Mundas Midtemeg of  Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC). He is a recipient of the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program or OFWDSP. Hubaib is the 4th child of  a couple from Parang Maguindanao. His  sister, OFW Guallita Midtemeg, single,   works as a  household service worker (HSW)  in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which qualified  Hubaib  to avail of the  agency’s  educational assistance program.  OFWDSP is open only to dependents of OWWA members who receive  a monthly income of US$400.00 or less.     


“We  at OWWA are as proud as  Midtemeg’s  parents. He responded really  well to the challenge to become  the best in his field of specialization. Indeed, his  achievements are both remarkable and inspiring,” the OWWA Chief added.    


Under  the agency’s OFWDSP, the scholar receives financial assistance of P20,000.00 per year or P10,000.00 per school semester. A total of 1,250 scholarship  slots are allocated yearly  for the Program.


This year, 1,155 OFWDSP availees are enrolled in first year college while 2,799 are in the upper years. A total of  748 scholars  graduated this year.   


“What is most touching  in the achievements of our  scholarship programs, including OFWDSP,    is the fact that many scholars   finished  their studies  either  as Summa Cum Laude,  Magna Cum Laude,  Cum  Laude, or with  citations.  This development is  truly heartwarming,”  Administrator Calzado said.  


“More than the honors they achieved in their studies, it is the love for their parents which prompted them to excel. Temporary separation from  their OFW parents became their ‘moving force’  to be the best in their field. Truly they are worth emulating, not only by  OFWs but the entire Filipino  populace,” Administrator Calzado commented. 


Children of  OFWs who are `active’ OWWA members at the time of their death are eligible to avail  of financial aid thru the Education and Livelihood  Assistance Program  or ELAP.


According to OWWA Officer-in-Charge Albert Q. Valenciano, what makes the education-cum-livelihood program for  dependents of deceased members very helpful to the family of the OWWA member  is that  the educational support  can start at any level  from elementary, high school or college, depending on  what school level the qualified dependent is enrolled in.   


“Kung sakali pong ang OWWA member na  may  ‘active’ status ay namatay maging dito o  sa ibang  bansa, makatatanggap ang pamilya ng mga kaukulang  benepisyo mula sa ahensiya. Bukod pa rito,  kung  ang anak  ng namatay ay nasa elementarya, siya  ay mapag-aaral sa ilalim  ng ELAP ng  OWWA hanggang makatapos siya  ng kolehiyo,” OIC Valenciano  explained.


The OWWA Officer-in-Charge  added that  aside from schooling,   the deceased  members’ qualified dependents are  likewise  eligible  to  ELAP’s livelihood package worth P15,000.00 to   start a small business  to  serve as the family’s  additional source of income. For  married  members, only one child, usually first-borns, is entitled to avail of the said privilege.    


On the other hand, single OFW members’ beneficiaries for  ELAP’s  livelihood component are the parents, either the mother or the father, while  one  of  the active members’  sibling,  is entitled to the scholarship grant.     


“ELAP’s impact to the family of the deceased OWWA member, especially  those who graduated from college with Latin honors,   is  very  inspiring .  Considering the fact  that the loss of their OFW   relative is permanent, the  sad situation did not deter these kids to continue their studies and bring home the bacon, so to speak.  These young  people’s  determination bespeaks of  their inner strength. Their  story   truly  touches  one’s heart and earn one’s respect,” the OWWA OIC  said.


For 2015, ELAP enrollees for elementary totaled 757; high school, 934; college, 1,015.  The educational assistance produced 140 graduates, a number of whom graduated with Latin honors.   


This year,  OWWA  achievers include 3 ELAP availees who  brought home  medals for   scholastic  excellence when they finished  their   baccalaureate degrees  with  Latin Honors in Political Science, AB English and BS Tourism.