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OWWA Graces Fil-Am Educators Awards Rites in New York

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through its Welfare Officer, Petrona Bergado, of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office based at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, graced the awarding ceremony of the 2015 Most Influential Teachers of the Year 2015.   The invitation came from Lumen Castañeda, founding chair of the United Federation of Fil-Am Educators, Inc. (UNIFIED).  It was held on October 17, 2015 at the 3rd Floor of the New York University Palladium, on 23rd St. between 4th and Park Avenue, New York City.   UNIFIED and  LC Legacy Foundation, Inc. spearheaded the event to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Filipino-American teachers in the USA.

 

WelOf Bergado presented OWWA`s programs and services before the awarding ceremony.  The cases of Filipino teachers who got sick while still working on H1B visas were presented to highlight the need for renewal of OWWA memberships.   She also solicited the assistance of the teachers in disseminating the information about OWWA and the agency`s role in promoting the welfare and protection of Filipino migrants worldwide.

 

The activity was attended by around 100 people, half of whom were educators who came with family members and friends from various parts of the USA.  The renowned Loida Nicolas- Lewis was the guest speaker.  Her message focused on the need for the continuation of the gains of the Aquino administration and how it has been studied that the Philippines needs 18 years of continuous good governance to attain inclusive economic growth.  She also encouraged the teachers and their families to register and vote in the 2016 Philippine National Elections.

 

The awarding ceremonies followed honoring teachers who excelled in various teaching capacities in the fields of Mathematics, Science, English, Physics and Special Education.

 

Meanwhile, Lorli Villanueva, a movie actress-director in the Philippines since the early ‘70s, shared her experiences on how she ended up being a Special Education teacher in the United States after becoming a Fullbright scholar.  Her talk on values education and how it impacts on the lives of the teachers and Filipinos in general capped the activity.


Photo shows Lynne Ciocon (center), a Special Education teacher and UNIFIED President, District of Columbia and Maryland Chapter, receiving her award from Loida Nicolas-Lewis (in black suit) while Lumen Castañeda, (leftmost) founding chair of UNIFIED, OWWA Welfare Officer Petrona Bergado and Ronnie Mataquel look on.  (Photo credit: Lynne Ciocon)


Above photo shows from left to right:  Lumen Castañeda, founding chair of the United Federation of Fil-Am Educators, Inc., Loida Nicolas-Lewis, guest of honor with Ronnie Mataquel, a teacher-awardee and OWWA Welfare Officer Petrona Bergado during the awarding ceremony of the Most Influential Teachers of the Year 2015 at New York University Palladium, New York City.  (Photo credit: Ronnie Mataquel)


Some of the awardees pose with Loida Nicolas- Lewis and Lumen Castañeda, fifth and sixth from right, respectively, on October 17, 2015 in New York City. Taken during the 2015 Most Influential Teachers of the Year 2015 awarding ceremony organized by UNIFIED, Inc. and LC Legacy Foundation, Inc.  (Photo credit: Lynne Ciocon)


Lorli Villanueva,  (in Filipiniana attire) a movie actress/director in the Philippines since the early ‘70s said that she was destined for a career in teaching Special Education in the USA.  She later gave a talk on values formation and its impact on the lives not only of teachers but on Filipinos in general. Taken at the New York University Palladium, New York City on October 17, 2015. (Photo credit: Lynne Ciocon)


Another batch of teacher – awardees in a souvenir shot during the awarding ceremony  of the Most Influential Teachers of the Year 2015 organized by the United Federation of Fil-Am Educators (UNIFIED, Inc.) on October 17, 2015 in New York City. Photo credit:  Lynne Ciocon.

 

Above photo shows Loida Nicolas-Lewis, Guest Speaker during the awarding ceremony of the Most Influential Teachers of the Year 2015 held at the New York University Palladium in New York City last October 17, 2015. (Photo credit: Lynne Ciocon)

 

Above photo shows OWWA Welfare Officer Petrona Bergado presenting the Programs and Services of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration prior to the awarding ceremony of the Most Influential Teachers of the Year 2015 held on October 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo credit: Lynne Ciocon)

 

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Labor Attache Atty. Cesar L. Chavez of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait has reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz the successful Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations held by the Professional Regulation Commission on 24-26 September 2015 at the Philippine International English School in Fahaheel, State of Kuwait.

 

“A total of 221 OFWs took the examinations for eight professional broken down as follows: nursing (94), dentistry (1), electrical engineer (15), master electrician (8), architecture (29), mechanical engineer (17), chemical engineer (33), and teachers (24)”, said Chavez in his report.

 

The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) coordinated the special examinations through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO). 

 

These special examinations are being held every year by the PRC in selected areas in the Middle East to provide OFWs the opportunity to get certified without taking a leave of absence from their jobs.

 

Examinees apply for the examination through the On-line Application System (OAS) found in the PRC website, www.prc.gov.ph. Upon submission of the application for licensure examinations via the OAS, applicants must submit the following required documents to the POLO: (1) photocopy of Transcript of Records (with or without scanned picture and remarks “For Board Purposes Only”); (2) Photocopy of Valid Passport; and Four (4) passport-size pictures with complete name-tag in white background. Original copies of the said documents shall be presented to members of the PRC Examination Team for validation upon examinees’ arrival at the examination venue.

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