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MOFYA 2015
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. 

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.