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OWWA XII Conducts Planning Exercises for C.Y. 2017

In order to give a more quality and better service to its clientele, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII had its annual Planning Exercises last January 15, 2016 at The Farm @ Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.


As the agency look back to the year that has been and as the year 2017 begins, program review and planning is conducted to continuously adopt effective and timely innovations in the delivery of programs and services. This is also an avenue in discussing issues and concerns that matters to the effective and efficient implementation of agency’s projects and events.


The activity includes updates on OWWA’s new programs and services like the Supplemental Medical Assistance for OFWs (MedPlus) and Education and Livelihood Program for OFWs on death row.


Officer-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero in her opening remarks highlights the value of respect to workmates, love for work and dedication to public service, saying "We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other. ” She also expressed her gratitude to her staff for their vast contribution and support to the success of agency’s operation.


Among the well accomplished programs of OWWA include the Workers Welfare Assistance Program, the Free-IT Training Program, Formation of OFW Family Circles, Capability Building Trainings for OFCs and partners and the successful conduct of the agency’s institutional activities.

Officer-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero giving her opening message

The agency also recognizes the great contribution of all its social partners including the local government units in the region represented by its Public OFW Desk Officer, OFW Family Circles and attached agencies. Indeed, targets for the year 2016 have been achieved remarkably.


OIC PSD Chief Christelyn R. Caceres said that may the overwhelming accomplishments of the office for the year 2016 serve as an inspiration and a challenge to all in order to provide better service to the modern heroes for the year 2017 and the years to come.


OWWA XII remains steadfast in upholding its main objective to promote the welfare and protect the interest of Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents.

OIC, PSD Chief Christelyn R. Caceres presenting the accomplishments of Programs and Services Division for the year 2016
Members of the Program and Services Division spearheaded by OIC PSD Christelyn R. Caceres (rightmost) during the planning exercises.
Employees of OWWA Regional Welfare Office XII


Free Basketball Clinic for Children of OFWs

OWWA RWO IV-A facilitated the conduct of “Free Basketball Clinic for Children of OFWs” last 17 December 2016 at the covered court of Barangay 7, Calamba City. Said project was the initiative of Rotary Club of Pasay Metro Sunrise and the Philippine Recruitment Association of Agencies to Saudi Arabia (PRAASA) which aims to foster camaraderie and healthy body among children of OFWs through the joy of basketball clinic.


Former OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon who advocated and coordinated the conduct of said clinic, graced the occasion.   


The activity started with an invocation by Ms. Angela Pauline S. Subando, an ELAP Scholar, and followed by the singing of national anthem by Mr. Lawrence Ray Angeles, RWO IV-A Family Welfare Officer in Laguna.


Brgy. Captain Victor A. Opaco welcomes all guests and players and he was followed by OWWA RWO IV-A OIC Julia Fabian who made the opening remarks. She emphasized that the event was designed to reach out to the OFW children to impart some skills which they might use in the future.  She further stressed that OWWA not only provides scholarship but also special activities  which aims to boost the morale and confidence of OFWs children. Ms. Fabian also was delighted with the fact that some ELAP scholars actively participated in the said event.











During the conduct of the clinic, the coaches split the participants into different teams and apply rotation every after 20 minutes doing ball handling and teaching defense in order to prepare the players to a later match.  Soon after, the match exhibition ensued wherein each cohort team shown what they’ve got to the coaches and sponsors.   They exhibit, too, and applied all the concepts and strategies learned from the half-day basketball clinic.


This fun-filled event ended with all participants flashing their smiles and thumbs up for the successful conduct of the clinic.


With the success of the event, OWWA RWO IV-A, Rotary Club of Pasay Metro Sunrise and the Philippine Recruitment Agencies Association for Saudi Arabia (PRAASA) officials are looking forward to conduct more regular clinics in CALABARZON to reach out to more children of OFWs in the region.

OWWA-RWO VI holding organizational training programs amidst OFW Family Day celebrations in Capiz

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI, as part of its participation in the OFW Family Day celebrations in Capiz, held a series of Organization Development Trainings for the local OFW Family Circle (OFC) groups.


About 500 people trooped at Jamindan and Mambusao last December 15 and 20, 2016, respectively, to participate at the said events.


Other activities that rounded up the celebrations were the talent performances from several OFC representatives and the raffle draws which saw the OWWA staff award prizes like grocery packs, rice sacks, and other gifts and appliances to the winners.

Mr. Remon Albeza, Family Welfare Officer, addresses the participants at the OFW Family Day in Mambusao last December 20, 2016.

OWWA cares, provides relief assistance to OFW Families in Oriental Mindoro affected by Typhoon Nina

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extends relief assistance to 200 OFW families who were adversely affected by the o nslaught of Typhoon Nina in different municipalities across the Oriental Mindoro province.


Last January 6-7, 2017, DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, together with OWWA Regional Welfare Office IV-B Regional Director Allan A. Ignacio, personally visited the OFW Family Circle  (OFC) members in the province to distribute food packs in an effort to alleviate their current situation. A consultation to OFW families was also held to address further their needs.


Affected OFW families have sustained partial to total structural damage to their homes and livelihood. Said damages to the province has prompted the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro to declare a State of Calamity province-wide.


Along with the Province of Oriental Mindoro, Typhoon Nina also devastated the Marinduque and Occidental Mindoro provinces in Region IV-B after typhoon signal level 4 was raised in the area.

DOLE Usec. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Cacdac conducts consulation sessions to lessen the trauma of OFW families brought by Typhoon Nina and hear the stories of OFW families to enhance and improve the programs and services of DOLE-OWWA for the OFWs.

While giving the relief assistance to the OFW families, OWWA Administrator Cacdac reminded them that OWWA cares for the OFWs. “Alam namin ang sitwasyon ng inyong mga pamilya lalo na sa ganitong mga panahon. Lubos na nag-aalala sa inyo ang inyong mga mahal na OFW. Gayon din ang pag-aalala namin sa inyo, kaya naman sa paraang ito, ipinararamdam namin na hindi kayo nakalilimutan ng OWWA at kayo ay aming dinadamayan, kasama ng DOLE, sa inyong dinaranas ngayon. Atin din pong tututukan ang inyong pangkabuhayan ayon na rin sa programang inilatag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa pamamagitan ng ating butihing kalihim Silvestre H. Bello III. Nawa ay nakaibsan ang aming tulong sa inyo at makakaasa po kayo na patuloy pa rin ang ating mga programang kakalinga sa inyong mga pamilyang OFWs.”, he stated.

OWWA Cares!  Despite the calamity, OFW families continue to be resilient to challenges of life as DOLE and OWWA supports them to promote their rights and welfare.

OFW families were very thankful for the assistance given  to them by OWWA. Ms. Belen Montoya, Oriental Mindoro OFW Family Circle Regional Federation President, has expressed her heartfelt gratitude  in behalf of the OFWs and their families in the province affected by the typhoon. “Kasama po ng aking mga kababayan sa Mindoro ay ipinaabot po namin ang taos-pusong pasasalamat at kami ay narating ng tulong mula sa OWWA. Sira-sira po ang aming mga bahay at ilang linggo na po kaming walang kuryente at tubig sa aming probinsya, lalo na sa mga malalayong lugar na tinamaan ng bagyo. Malaking tulong po sa amin ang inyong ibinigay.”, she added.


Truly, in times of distress, OWWA consistently cares for our OFWs as they march forward to face better tomorrow amidst storms and rains.

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod distributes food packs as relief assistance to 200 


Antipas OFW Association Caravan

The Antipas Association of OFWs and Families (AAOOAF) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Antipas, Public OFW Desk Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII initiated an OFW Caravan last January 8-9, 2016 held at Antipas, North Cotabato.


The OFW caravan includes a community outreach program to seven (7) least favoured barangays of the aforementioned municipality namely: Dolores, Canaan, Camutan, Malire, Datu Agod & Luhong. The activity was culminated by an oath taking ceremony of the OFC officers for the year 2017 inducted by Hon. Mayor Egidio Cadungon, Jr.

Hon. Egidio Cadungon, Jr. together with the new set of officers for the year 2017

A total of one hundred forty (140) households were able to receive grocery items and relief goods from the shared efforts of the OFC members. The association president, Ms. Rose Espinorio, said that this is the result of the fund raising activity of the association last December 2016. "Ito po ang pambungad namin sa 2017, dahil sa mahaba-habang panahon ay nawala po kami sa ere. Hindi po ito ang magiging huli, simula pa lamang poi to ng masa marami pang makabuluhang proyekto ng asosasyon.", she added.

[From left to right]  Liza Peñalosa (Secretary), FWO Elliel Dominic F. Cerna, Evangeline Amancio (P.I.O.), Angeli Gerfin (Treasusrer), Rosalyn Espinorio (President), Glaiza Legaspi (Vice President) before the program at Brgy. Milare.

The association takes pride to this worthwhile endeavor as it is their first time to organize such event. This is an opportunity for them to be involved in community service on a regular basis and be able to share their blessings to the least fortunate members of their community.


Brgy. Chairman Rene Dajay of Canaan in his opening remarks commended the incomparable deed of the association and gave emphasis to the importance of Overseas Filipino Workers in the economic growth of our country, thus, citing them as the epitome of modern heroism.

Brgy. Chairman Rene Dajay giving his opening remarks

Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero expressed her warm salutation to the Antipas Association of OFWs and Families for starting the year with meaningful activities. She also extended her gratitude to the local government unit for its continued support to the programs and services of the agency.


The OFW Family Circle of Antipas was formed under the community organizing program of OWWA XII last 2010. Since then, they have been part of various activities that helped in the development of their co-OFWs in their locality.

[From left to right] Liza Peñalosa (Secretary), FWO Elliel Dominic F. Cerna, Winefredo Nermal (rightmost) with one of the recipients in Brgy. Canaan
Blind recipient from Brgy. Dato Agob.
Recipients at Brgy. Dolores, Antipas together with the OFC Officers, FWO Elliel Dominic F. Cerna 8th from left), PODO-Designate Winefredo Nermal (center in white and green polo).


National Capital Region
OWWA-NCR conduct Scholars' Outreach Mission

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration–National Capital Region (OWWA-NCR) Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) scholars visited Laura Vicuna Foundation Inc.,Quezon City, whose ultimate goal is to rebuild the lives of children in need of special protection and to later on enable these children to become an asset to their peers, family and their community.


The event was a day full of gifts and prizes for the children of the foundation ages 8-18 who were given essential items for daily use such as toiletries, snacks, educational toys and materials. The children also enjoyed playing games with the scholars.


Ms. Vivian Velez, Head of Education and Training Unit/PSD-RWO-NCR led the gift giving to the children.

(Top Left, clockwise) Ms. Vivian Velez as she delivers her message to the scholars and the beneficiaries of the outreach program, the EDSP and ODSP scholars while distributing food and gifts to the children of the foundation, the scholars play games with the children of the foundation.

“Conducting an activity like this makes our OWWA scholars realize how lucky they are to have a family that supports them, lives with them and guide them through their adulthood especially when they are faced with reality that there is indeed children who are abandoned and don’t  have a chance to live with their whole family. The season of giving is the best time for scholars to give back and share their blessings.”  Ms. Velez said.

OWWA Administrator Cacdac joins OFW Family Day in Davao del Sur

Davao del Sur – The newly appointed Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, graced the 2nd OFW Family Day celebration in Davao del Sur last November 27, 2016 at the Crisbelle Crown Center, Digos City. Along with the theme: “Matatag na Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pagbabago”, the event was attended by more than eight hundred (800) OFWs and their families from the different municipalities of Davao del Sur.


This year’s celebration started with a Eucharistic mass at the Mary Mediatrix Cathedral attended by the members of the OFW Family Circles from Digos City, Sta. Cruz, Kiblawan, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Padada, Sulop and Matanao, Davao del Sur.


Representatives from the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Digos Branch provided the participants with a Financial Literacy before the start of the program to equip them with the right information about savings and investment.


In line with its familympics concept, participating OFW Family Circles (OFCs) wore their respective T-shirts. Each OFC has representatives to join the different parlor games such as ball relay, basketball and bowling using plastic balls and baskets, and bring me game for the children.


Just like in the Olympics, a lighting of the torch was done as a symbol of sportsmanship led by OFC Federation President Longinos Espina and his wife. Likewise, each participating OFC has representatives who joined in the Search for the Best National Costume. OFCs from Digos, Padada, Kiblawan, Sulop, Bansalan and Sta. Cruz were vying for the title and showed their skills and talents in dancing and singing.  Contestants from Sta. Cruz OFW Family Circle won the title and received P2,000.00 in cash.


One of the highlights of the program was the “Kumustahan” via Skype. With this initiative, OFWs from Japan and Oman were given the chance to talk to their family live during the event. All participants witnessed their happiness and emotional conversation since it was displayed in a wide-screen monitor.


Some food and handicraft products of the OFCs were showcased at the exhibit area while other participants availed of the free haircut courtesy of Digos DACORP hairdressers.


The most awaited part of the program was the raffle of prizes wherein various appliances, Nochebuena packs, and cash prizes were given away to the lucky winners. Likewise, all children received loot bags full of toys and candies.


To make the event more lively and exciting, all participants and guests were encouraged to participate in the Zumba session as part of the program.


Meanwhile, in his message, Admin. Cacdac expressed his great appreciation to all the members of the OFW Family Circles who actively support all the programs and activities of OWWA. He encouraged all the OFW families to give importance to all the hardworks and sacrifices of our OFWs. “Always remember that the family is the most important remittance of an OFW. Gusto rin naming ipadama sa inyo na ang OWWA ay nagmamalasakit at handang tumulong sa mga OFWs at kanilang mga pamilya”, the Administrator said. He added that, all programs and services of OWWA will be effectively delivered to the OFWs and their families in 2017. “Hindi namin bibitawan ang aming commitment na kayo ay handugan ng pagmamalasakit at maayos na serbisyo sa mga darating na taon.”, he ended.


The presence of Admin. Cacdac during the OFW Family Day in Davao del Sur has inspired and gave hope to all the OFW returnees and their families. OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido, on the other hand, was pleased to announce that OFWs and their families from the other part of the region will experience the same fun and excitement. The event was the first of the nine (9) celebrations in Region XI.

The Honorable Administrator, Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac in his inspirational message during the event.
Lighting of the torch led by OFC Federation President Longinos Espina and his wife.
Kumustahan via Skype. In teary eyes, an OFW in Japan was able to talk to her parents live during the event.


OWWA-ARMM scholars convened in the 2016 Scholars' Congress

COTABATO CITY – A total of fifty (50) OWWA scholars attended and actively participated in the 2016 Scholars’ Congress spearheaded by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM)   held at EM Manor Hotel and Convention Center on December 21-22, 2016.


The 2-day event officially started with OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo’s opening remarks and was followed by an inspirational message conveyed by the DOLE-ARMM Regional Secretary Muslimin A. Jakilan.


Scholars’ congress was conducted as an avowal of the agency’s commitment to assist its scholars, not only in providing financial assistance, but also in the promotion of their holistic development as individuals.


Director Crisostomo also encouraged the scholars to graduate with flying colors and make their parents and OWWA proud.


In their first day, the scholars were given a chance to introduce themselves and their best traits. One of the scholars compared his best trait as water because just like water, whatever circumstances given to him, he will always find a way to solve it.


During the workshops, Senior Program Officer of The Asia Foundation, Ms. Noriada S. Chio talked about how to understand the conflict and peace in Mindanao. She challenged the scholars to be a peace advocate and promote peace in their family and community.


Meanwhile, the second speaker, Ms. Margie D. Fiesta, Guidance Director of MSU Maguindanao shared key points on personality development and career guidance.


A re-orientation of the scholarship programs and scholars agreement was facilitated by OWWO III Bailejanie D. Vidal. The said re-orientation was conducted to instill anew to the students the obligations and responsibilities they have as an OWWA scholar. She also reminded the scholars to submit the requirements needed to process their tuition fees and allowance balances on time to avoid setbacks. She also discussed the grounds for termination, suspension and reinstatement.


As the conference comes to an end, the scholars were grouped into five and had their group presentations. One of the groups gave meaning to each letter of “OWWA SALAMAT PO”.


O Organisasyong nagbibigay oportunidad,


WWalang sawang nagbibigay ng ating hangad,


WWastong serbisyo sa realidad,


AAksyon nila ay laging sagad.


SSinamahan kami sa hirap at ginhawa,


AAlagay parang isang tunay na pamilya,


LLaging nandiyan sa kahit anong problema,


AAgapay ay laging pinapadama.


MMalasakit sa aming mga skolar ay sagad na,


AAtensyon sa amin at pamilya pinagsasapat pa,


TTunay kayong miyembro ng OWWA na mahal naming talaga.


PPatutunayan naming magtatagumpay kami sa inyo,


OOWWA maraming salamat po!


Spearheaded by Director Crisostomo, Chief PSD Abdula, and Welfare Officer III Hamid K. Chio, OWWA-ARMM awarded certificates of attendance to the scholars in appreciation to their active participation during the conduct of the congress.


JazakAllahu Khayran Katheeran to all the people behind OWWA-ARMM for their meritorious service in promoting and protecting the general welfare of all (OFWs/families). I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all my fellow scholars for being so kind to me. Insha-Allah we'll meet again and let's continue the happy memories that we'd started. Let's study well and keep up the good work”, expressed an ODSP scholar, King Alizon M. Camral, a Political Science Student of the University of Southern Mindanao.


“This will be a great challenge for me to keep up the work, remain as a simple & humble person. I am a proud OWWA-ARMM scholar.”


Scholars who attended the activity were under the OWWA scholarship programs of Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) and the OFW-Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP).


(Big smiles from the scholars with Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo and OWWA staff.)

OWWA-ARMM in partnership with DTI-XII Negosyo Center conducts Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT)

COTABATO CITY – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry XII through Negosyo Center, Cotabato City conducted a 2-day Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) last December 27-28, 2016 at DTI XII – Negosyo Center, Cotabato City.


EEDT is the business development intervention of OWWA for OFWs who intend to venture into micro, small and medium enterprises. It includes business planning and project-specific skills orientation to equip OFWs with the necessary knowledge and skills in pursuing their intended business.


A total of twenty five (25) OFWs/families attended and actively participated during the conduct of the said training. They may avail of the loan amounting to Php 100,000.00 up to 2 Million Pesos under the OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

1,500 OFWs and dependents joined OFW Family Day in Davao City

Davao City – Closed to 1,500 OFWs and dependents (landbased and seabased) joined the annual celebration of OFW Family Day in Davao last December 11, 2016 at the Davao City Recreation Center (formerly Almendras Gym), Quezon Boulevard, Poblacion District, Davao City. With this year’s theme: Matatag na Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pagbabago, the event aims to gather OFWs and their families to spend quality time with their loved ones amid the backdrop of fun and wholesome entertainment during the holiday season.


This year’s event was drawn into familympics type of activity wherein each OFW Family Circle has representatives to play different parlor games and larong pinoy. Among the games include; thread and needle relay, pass the ball, basketball and bowling using stress balls and plastic baskets. Through the games, participants from the different barangays in Davao City were able to interact with each other and develop camaraderie. 


To make the event more meaningful, free services were offered for the duration of the program such as; medical check-up courtesy of Dr. Laguit’s Clinic, eye check-up from Dr. Hailmarie Lanohan, and body massage, manicure/pedicure and haircut rendered by the therapists and beauticians of Arlyn L. Basquez Salon.


Government agencies like POEA, Pag-IBIG Fund, Philhealth, SSS, DTI, and DSWD provided information on its various programs and services. Participants with concerns and queries on the said agencies were addressed during the event.


Handicrafts and food products of the different OFW Family Circles were likewise displayed at the exhibit area.


The crowd was entertained by home grown comedians and talents. ODSP scholars likewise performed an amazing production number.


The most awaited part of the program was the raffle of prizes which include flat screen TV, Rody Project watch, cash prizes and various appliances as major prizes courtesy of this year’s corporate partners. Freebies and gift items were also given to all early birds.


A video Christmas message from the City Mayor, Hon. Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio graced the event while Hon. Councilor Antoinette G. Principe – Castrodes, Chairperson for Migrant Affairs, gave her message to the OFWs and their families which was delivered by her representative, Mr. Gary Angelo Medina.


Other honored guest who inspired the participants was DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao represented by Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jason P. Balais. In his message, he gave emphasis on the reintegration programs implemented by the agency which help the OFW returnees in coping with the changes in our society and help them remain optimistic despite all adversities that they encounter.


OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido, on the other hand, read the message of the Honorable Administrator, Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac. “Hangad naming sa ilang oras nating pakikisaya sa inyo, ang makitang kayo ay nagkakaisa at magkakapiling. Ito ay isang palatandaan ng matatag na pamilyang OFWs na bahagi ng isang matatag na bansa.” Admin’s message.


The celebration of OFW Family Day in Davao City is one of the nine (9) celebrations throughout Region XI. Since its inception, the region is now on its 3rd year of celebrating the event in the four provinces of Davao Region. Dir. Bellido said that, the initiative was conceptualized to let the OFWs and their families from the four provinces experience the fun and excitement without leaving the comfort of their homes.


This year’s event was made possible through the sponsorship of the following social partners: Land bank of the Philippines, Pag-IBIG Fund, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Paramount Life and General Insurance, Philhealth XI, Banco de Oro, Philam Life, DMMA College of Southern Phils., Pascual Consumer Healthcare Corp., RD Pawnshop, Zest O Corp., Monde – Nissin Corp., Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, AXA Philippines. and 1 Forever Freedom.