OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado conferred certificates of recognition to 20 OWWA scholars with Latin honors and four (4) past graduates who were among the topnotchers in government licensure examinations. The simple ceremony was held on October 29, 2015 at the OWWA Multi-purpose Hall. The achievers were sons and daughters of active OWWA members and beneficiaries of the agency’s various scholarship programs.
Hubaib Mundas Midtemeg from ARMM, who placed 9th in the 2015 Social Work Licensure Exam, led the opening prayer. Accompanied by his mother, the registered social worker is now one of the agency’s newest recruits to its roster of dedicated public servants.
On the other hand, Ivy Elaine Aguilar Cadalzo, who ranked number 1 in the 2014 Geodetic Engineer Licensure Exam, reminisced her school days as an OWWA scholar. She mentioned that the agency’s educational assistance was a big help to her OFW father who works in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The top 1 geodetic engineer’s father who just arrived recently from Saudi Arabia was with her during the event. Ivy continued that she appreciated the people who assisted her during her studies, molded and guided her until she finished her course. She is now connected with UP, as an associate Geodetic Engineer. She reminded other OWWA co- scholars to make friends with their colleagues and savor the time spent with each other.
During her inspirational message, Administrator Calzado congratulated not only the honorees but also the OFW parents who served as the inspiration and motivation of these young achievers.
“For this year, we have a total of 29 awardees- 25 with Latin honors and 4 board top rankers. However, some of them were not able to make it due to their hectic schedules in their jobs. Like their parents and the universities and colleges where they graduated, OWWA is equally proud to announce that most of our scholars are now gainfully employed. It is truly an additional feat for OWWA members to reckon with. Today is their day,” the OWWA Chief remarked. Nonetheless, the names of those scholars who did not make it to the recognition were still mentioned in this year’s honor roll.
Administrator Calzado added that as part of giving importance to the achievements of the beneficiaries of the agency’s educational programs, scholars, from the Visayas and Mindanao, along with their parents and OWWA regional directors, arrived via plane in Manila. While in Manila, they were accommodated with board, lodging and food before flying back to their respective provinces. Aside from the certificate of recognition, all scholars present during the occasion were also given simple tokens to serve as their souvenirs to a job ‘well done’.
According to the OWWA Chief, through the years, OWWA scholars continued to be competitive in their respective field of specialization as they consistently made it to the top. Thus, from 2010 to 2015, different batch of OWWA scholarship beneficiaries garnered the following medal of awards for excellence in their studies; 2 in 2010; 28 in 2011; 29 in 2012; 29 in 2013; 40 in 2014, and 29 in 2015.
“Ang nakakatuwa pa rito, hindi lamang mga laude kung hindi may na-produce po tayong nagkamit ng medalya ng pagka -Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude at sa taong ito, kabilang sa ating pinarangalan ay ang mga Board topnotchers ng iba’t ibang kurso,” the OWWA head said.
“OWWA is equally proud to those scholars who, through OWWA scholarship program, are able to make it big in the international academic arena like Don Stanley who is now enrolled at the West Point Academy where one of our Presidents graduated. This indeed is a good news to all OFWs, especially the recipients of the educational assistance as they pose challenge to the next batch of OWWA scholars”, Administrator Calzado enthused.
OWWA offers different scholarship programs to one dependent of OWWA members who are in active status or whose OWWA contribution is updated. OWWA membership is valid for two years.
During the press briefing, Administrator Calzado vowed to bring the matter pertaining to the policy on the allowances and benefits extended to the different categories of the agency’s to the OWWA Board of Trustees for review. OWWA offers 4-5 year courses leading to baccalaureate degree that include Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP) and the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP).
The complete list of this year’s honorees is as follows:
Ivy Elaine Aguilar Cadalzo; ranked 1st in the 2014 Geodetic Engineering Licensure Exam, NCR; Mary Nheza Acordon, 4th placer, 2014 Aeronautical Engineering Licensure Exam; Region 3; Hubaib Mundas Midtemeg, 9th placer, 2015 Social Worker Licensure Exam, ARMM, and Henmark S. Pichay, 9th placer, 2013 Civil Engineering Licensure Exam.
Early in 2013, OWWA conferred the award to two top placers in the Electrical Engineering Licensure Exams who placed 5th and 6th place, respectively. Both are from the Bicol region.
With Latin honors:
From NCR -Ma. Arizza R. Ferreras, Magna Cum Laude; Rolibeth Arielle R. Miranda, Magna Cum Laude; Carl Raymund P. Salazar, Magna Cum Laude; Dianne Mae F. Agra, Cum Laude; John Eris B. Alvarez, Cum Laude; Anne Sharmaine P. Ochoa, Cum Laude; Donita Rose M. Custodio, Cum Laude; Earie Randolf R. Bunao, Cum Laude; Julian A. Santos, Cum Laude; Amparo S. Belgera, Cum Laude.
Region 3- Jean Claudette L. Galvez, Cum Laude; Marco B. Paulino, Magna Cum Laude; Renz Q. Garcia, Cum Laude; Vanessa Angelli P. Paray, Cum Laude
Region 4-A- Mike Rendell B. Pisuena, Cum Laude
Region 5- Jerome D. Balanoyos, Magna Cum Laude; Angelica O. Cordez. Cum Laude; Menlyn N. Bautista, Cum Laude.
Region 6- Esa Seal L. Allisa, Cum Laude; Andrean May S. Nepomuceno, with honors.
Region 7- Serc Czione P. Labus, Cum Laude; Markiedyl G. Agnas, Cum Laude; Neil Amor D. Balaba, Cum Laude.
Region 10- Mary Grace T. Sacal, Cum Laude
Region 11- Yvonne Reina P. Totesora, Cum Laude.