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RWO VI
Repatriated OFWs from KSA receive programs and services orientation, assistance from OWWA RWO 6

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 held a Programs and Services orientation for several displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last January 19, 2017 at the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) room.

 

Twenty-four (24) people, as well as representatives from several partner agencies, attended the said event.

 

The attendants were encouraged to avail of OWWA’s social benefits, education and training assistance, welfare support, and reintegration programs at the orientation’s conclusion.

RWO I
UN features life stories of OFW leaders from La Union

The United Nations brings to limelight the life stories of former overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who now serve as community leaders in La Union.

 

The Bannuar ti La Union, one of the biggest OFW groups in Region 1, is composed mostly of OFW-returnees who now advocate for the promotion of rights and welfare of the OFWs and their families. An active social partner of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the group focuses mainly on the rights of women migrant workers.

 

This is how the UN Women took interest in the life stories of group’s women leaders, and featured them in the UN Women official publication.

 

Among the OFW-returnees featured by UN were Virginia Carriaga, Primitiva Vanderpoorten, Virginia Estepa, Carmelita Nulledo and Delilah Dulay, who shared their experiences as workers in foreign lands.

 

Meanwhile, Bannuar ti La Union’s president was also featured in “From Where I Stand,” a UN editorial series which captures the unique stories of people around the world, and how they contribute to realizing sustainable development for all.

 

Edna P. Valdez, 58, shares her story as a former household worker in Hongkong who experienced abuse from her employer. From this experience, she now takes inspiration in her advocacies as a community leader.

 

In the series, Valdez was featured along with other women leaders from all over the world.  She is the only Filipina yet featured in the series.

 

“The main challenge for women migrant workers is that they don’t know what rights they have. Even when there are laws and services in place, they don’t know how to claim their rights or access support,” reads Valdez’s story.

 

In March 2015 during the celebration of the women’s month, Valdez was recognized by OWWA RWOI for her exemplary service in the community as a woman leader.

 

The full stories can be read at http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital-library/multimedia/2016/9/photo-philippines-women-migrant-workers and http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2016/9/from-where-i-stand-edna-valdez.

The Bannuar ti La Union, headed by Edna Valdez, (center) is composed mostly of OFW-returnees who now serve as community leaders in La Union, advocating mainly OFW rights promotion. An active social partner of the OWWA, the group’s inspiring stories have been featured by the United Nations (UN) in its official publication.
The Bannuar ti La Union is one of the biggest OFW groups in Region 1. The United Nations  Women takes interest in the stories of the group’s women leaders, and features them in the UN Official Publication and editorial series “From Where I Stand.”

 

RWO VI
OWWA-RWO VI holds first orientation series of 2017 at Himamlayan City

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) VI held an orientation of its Programs and Services over the course of two consecutive days at Himamlayan City, Negros Occidental.

 

The said orientations were held at Brgy. Nabali-an last January 12, 2017, and at Brgys. Cabanbanan and Aguisan on January 13, 2017

 

Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) Jade Love Omapas, Remon Albeza, and Martizel Taclobos conducted the activities.

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Celebrates OFW FAMILY DAY 2016

The Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) celebrated the OFW Family Day with the theme “MATATAG NA PAMILYA SA PANAHON NG PAGBABAGO, on 19 December 2016 at the San Andres Sports Complex, Manila.

 

OWWA/RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair formally opened the event and energetically greeted the 3000 members of OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in attendance.

 

“Nais naming iparating sa inyong lahat ang aming lubos na pasasalamat sa inyong pagdalo sa natatanging araw na ito. Ngayong hapon, bibigyan natin ng halaga ang inyong pakikiisa sa amin dito sa “OFW Family Day na may temang, Pamilyang OFW Matatag na Pamilya sa Panahon ng Pagbabago”. Hangad namin ang makita ang bawat pamilyang OFW may ngiti sa mukha habang nakikiisa sa mga inihanda naming mga aktibidad, mga regalo at sorpresa ngayong araw na ito. Alam namin sa OWWA na mahirap na mawalay sa ating mahal sa buhay upang masuportahan lang ang kani-kanilang pamilya kaya naman sa hapong ito nais naming maibsan ang lungkot at mapalitan ng saya ang ating pag-alaala sa ating mga mahal na OFW na nasa ibayong dagat.” Director Sinclair said.

RWO-NCR Regional Director Emma V. Sinclair and Mrs. Imelda Vince Cruz as they greeted the participants of OFW Family Day 2016.
 

The event was a day of fun-filled activities with group games, raffle draws and rendition song and dance numbers from officers and members of OFW Family Circles in the National Capital Region.

 
A day full of games, raffle and song and dance numbers

Chief of Programs Services Division, Ma. Teresa B. Capa delivers her closing remarks to attendees in the OFW Family Day celebration.
 

“In Behalf Of The Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) Director Emma V. Sinclair. I would like to thank the participants, staff and officers of RWO-NCR who provided support for the success of this event.  Sana Po Ay Napasaya Kayo Ng OWWA. Muli Maligayang Pasko, Manigong Bagong Taon.” Ms. Capa ended.

 
(Left to right, clockwise) Gifts and prizes for the OFW Family day participants, Director Emma V. Sinclair during her Welcome Remarks, Mrs. Imelda Vince Cruz (RWO-NCR MOFYA Winner 2015) as host of this year’s OFW Family Day 2016, Santa Ladies and members of OFW Family Circles.

RWO XII
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

 

RWO IV-A
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.

RWO VI
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.

RWO IV-B
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 

 

RWO XII
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.

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