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Former MMG Workers Attend Phase 1 of EDLP

About 138 former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) employed by Mohammad Al Mojil Group (MMG) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) attended a special Program Orientation on Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) at the OWWA Multi-Purpose Hall on 09 March 2017. The special program orientation was conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR).

 

The OFW Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) is an enterprise development interventions and loan facility of OWWA in partnership with LBP and DBP. The goal of the program is to help the OFWs and their families create a viable business enterprise that will provide them with a steady income stream and to create employment opportunities in their community. The first phase of the program is the Program Orientation and Business Appreciation, the second phase is the Visit/Immersion at existing business enterprises and the third phase is the Business Plan Writing Seminar. The applicants must undergo the three (3) phases to fully understand the program and to prepare and teach them on how to start or expand their business.

From top L to R: Head of Reintegration Unit Zandro Alemendrala delivering the background of the EDLP and PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa together with Mr. Joshua Agner, Ms. Shirley Alisangco and Mr. Ronaldo Robles, representatives from LBP, answering questions from participants. From bottom L to R: PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa giving her closing remarks and Engineer Joey Borja expressing the sentiments of former MMG workers.

Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief Program Services Division, oriented on the salient points of the program while Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of Reintegration Unit, discussed the EDLP. Also present were Mr. Joshua Agner, Ms. Shirley Alisangco and Mr. Ronaldo Robles, Account Officers from Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), to answer the questions on the loan facilities.

 

Mr. Almendrala reminded the attendees that “Ang pagtatayo ng negosyo ay dapat pinaghahandaan at inaaral ng maigi. Ang negosyong inyong iniisip ay dapat viable business project.” He also reminded them about being committed to their business, “Lahat din ng business ay dumadaan sa ups and downs. Wala namang negosyong di nalulugi. Failures are avenues for new learnings.” After the orientation, certificates were handed out to the attendees for attending the Program Orientation for EDLP.

 

On the other hand, Engineer Joey Borja, who arranged and coordinated with OWWA-NCR the conduct of the special orientation, expressed the sentiments of MMG workers that OWWA considers creating a new package of livelihood program that would address their financial difficulties after repatriation from KSA.

 

Ms. Capa ended the meeting by saying “Sana sa pamamagitan nitong orientation ay naging bukas ang inyong pagiisip sa pagnenegosyo. Andito kami para ihanda kayo sa pagtatayo ng negosyo. Hindi ito madali at ito ay may kaakibat na pagbabago sa inyong buhay. Sana I consider ninyo ang long term effect nito kung kayo ay magtatayo ng business.”

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM joins the 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) joined the annual celebration of Women's Month last Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

 

The celebration organized by the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM) kicked off with an early morning parade of ARMM agencies at the ARMM Compound followed by an Opening Program at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

This year's theme “WE Make Change Work for Women” emphasizes that women should be active drivers in bringing about positive changes, and that they should also reap from development efforts. This can be made possible by empowering women – enabling them to meaningfully engage with other development stakeholders, and by fully implementing the Magna Carta of Women (MCW).


OWWA-ARMM Employees during the 2017 Women’s Month parade on March 8, 2017 at ORG Compound, Cotabato City.

 

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM joins the Bangsamoro Week of Peace

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) together with other agencies, bureaus and offices in ARMM joined in the Bangsamoro Week of Peace opening ceremony today March 13, 2017 at the ORG Compound, Cotabato City.

 

The theme for this year’s Bangsamoro Week of Peace is “Bangsamoro: Revisiting the Past, Continuing the Cause.”

 

“Our annual week of peace in the region is a time for us to remember the sacrifices and victories we share as Bangsamoros,” ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman said in a statement.

“In a way, (the Bangsamoro Week of Peace) is an act of resistance against constant attempts to erase our people’s struggle from our nation’s history. The Jabidah Massacre which we will commemorate on the 18th is just one of the many facts we share as Bangsamoros, and yet others insist that it is fiction,” Hataman added.

 

The said ceremony is the start in a series of events across the region scheduled for the Bangsamoro Week of Peace. Different approaches in discussing the Bangsamoro struggle will be explored, including a photo exhibit, a stage play, and a range of conferences and panel discussions are lined up this week, along with cultural activities.


 

RWO VIII

To strengthen the relation between the agency and the OFWs and their beneficiaries in the region and to uphold existing programs and services of the agency, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Regional Welfare Office VIII conducted an Information Caravan on Membership Promotion cum Organizing Activity at Libagon, Southern Leyte last February 24, 2017.

 

The activity was attended by 30 OFWs and beneficiaries coming from the different barangays of the municipality of Libagon.

 

Family Welfare Officer, Rodah A. Cerna discussed the different programs and services that can be availed by active and non-active members of OWWA. She also shared the importance of being an OWWA member and how beneficial it is to the OFWs as well as to their beneficiaries.

 

After the discussion, an open forum was facilitated by Miss Cerna. Participants were thankful that their queries about OWWA’s program has already been answered and clarified. It was also raised during the open forum that the members of the association are hopeful that OWWA would offer a non-collateral loan program.

 

The participants were looking forward to avail the scholarship programs such as OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP), Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP).

 

Aside from the scholarship programs, the newly organized association, Libagon OFWs and Beneficiaries Association (LOBA), is also planning to enrol in the free I.T. Training that the agency also offers to qualified OFWs and beneficiaries.

 

Future activities of LOBA includes the conduct of Financial Literacy Seminar and Values Re-orientation Seminar this April 2017.

Miss Rodah A. Cerna (seated, first to the right) with the Libagon OFWs and Beneficiaries Association happily posing for the camera after the successful organizing and info caravan on membership promotion
One participant sharing her thoughts to other participants during the open forum

 

RWO VI

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently joined the 31st National Migrants’ Sunday (NMS) at the Sta. Teresita Parish Church, Iloilo City last March 5, 2017.

 

Carrying the theme, “Children and Women Migrants, Vulnerable and Voiceless”, the said event saw about four-hundred thirty-eight (438) attendees from various OFW Family Circles (OFC) groups, Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and civic- and faith-based organizations come together to recognize and commemorate the OFWs and their families.

 

Iloilo City hosted this year’s NMS for the first time since the said event’s existence.

Mr. Hans Leo Cacdac, Administrator, narrates his experiences of being the child of an OFW.

RWO VI

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 6 held its first Program Orientation and Business Appreciation (POBA) last March 13, 2017 at the agency’s Iloilo City office.

 

About twenty-three (23) Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their beneficiaries attended the said activity.

 

The POBA is one of the prerequisites for the OFW – Enterprise Development Loan Program (EDLP), which is an enterprise development intervention and loan facility of OWWA made in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines that is intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families.


Mr. James B. Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge (standing), prepares the participants for the POBA.

 

RWO I

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has recognized women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have left overseas work and dedicated themselves to become leaders in their home communities.

 

The recognition rites, held on March 8, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, was in celebration of the International Women's Day 2017 with the theme, "We make change work for women."

 

The "Parangal sa mga Natatatanging Kababaihan" recognized 17 women OFW leaders who were nominated by the 17 OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs) across the nation.

 

The awardee from Region 1 is Edna B. Valdez of La Union. She is the president of the Bannuar ti La Union, a non-government organization composed mostly of women OFW returnees and OFW dependents from the province.

 

Valdez leads the Bannuar ti La Union (Heroes of La Union) in community outreach drives on migrant’s rights and welfare education. One of the advocacies of the group is to mainstream labor migration in the socio-economic development initiatives at the local government units.

OFW woman leader from La Union Edna B. Valdez greets DOLE Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III and OWWA Admin. Hans Leo J. Cacdac during the recognition rites at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, on March 8, 2017, in celebration of the International Women’s Day.

Other awardees were: Myrna B. Garcia, Cordillera Region; Ernita S. Santos, National Capital Region; Jocelyn T. Danao, RWO II; Priscilla S. Cruz, RWO lll; Marilyn B. Ligot, RWOI IV-A; Edna R. Madrigal, RWO IV-B; Lolita D. Tadeo, RWO V; Alicia D. Refor, RWO VI; Marcelina C. Castillon, RWO VII; Ma. Melba l. Esquibel, RWO VIII; Bernadette D. Sedillo, RWO IX; Flor T. Victoriano, RWO X; Carmelita J. Ancheta, RWO XI; Precilla A. Panzo, RWO XII; and Tahanie Mohammad Dalmaob, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

 

The OWWA also recognized the woman member of the agency’s board of trustees, Hon. Estrella Mai D. Anonuevo, for her advocacies in advancing women power.

 

Department of Labor and Employment Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III and OWWA Admin. Hans Leo Cacdac handed over the plaques of recognition to the awardees.

 

“The Filipino women migrant workers as the country’s `economic heroes’ have shown their courageous side by facing the hardships associated with labor migration, and the display of ‘unconditional love’ to their children back home,” said Bello.

Bannuar ti La Union President Edna B. Valdez and 16 other women OFW leaders across the country gather for the “Parangal sa mga Natatanging Kababaihan” recognition rites at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, on March 8, 2017, in celebration of the International Women’s Day.

 

National Capital Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-National Capital Region (OWWA-NCR) conducted a follow through orientation and training for Instructors of the Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) and Speakers of the Country Specific Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) on 21-22 January 2017 at the Estancia Resort Hotel in Tagaytay City as part of the continual improvement of OWWA’s Programs and Services.

 

The objective of the training is to calibrate the knowledge and skills of the Instructors/Resource Speakers to improve the method of teaching and to update the existing modules in basic international languages to attune to the current requirements of the global labor market.

The participants together with OWWA-NCR Director Emma Sinclair, PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, Policy and Program Development Office Director Albert Q. Valenciano and Mr. Mario Antonio.

PPO Director Albert Q. Valenciano welcomed the 46 participants to the training and reminded them of their roles as the Instructors/Resource Speakers who should guide the OFWs. According to him, the instructors and resource speakers should know what are the things that they need to impart to the OFWs and apply the effective method of teaching that they should use to make sure that the OFWs understand the importance of PDOS and CPDEP.

 

On the otherhand, Ms. Ma. Teresa B. Capa, Chief of the Program Services Division, gave an overview of the program and the importance of the training to the Instructors and Speakers in imparting their knowledge to the OFWs, particularly to the Household Service Workers (HSW) who are most vulnerable to contract violations and abuses at job sites.

From L to R: The participants presenting their lesson plan per language, the participants playing Pinoy Henyo, OWWA-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair delivering her closing remarks.

During the training, the participants were grouped together by the language they teach and were tasked to share their best practices in teaching their subject matters and how to use the standard lesson plan/teaching guide. The following day, the participants shared the improvements in their lesson plans as well as their personal reflections on the training. To cap off the training, OWWA-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair gave the closing remarks by reminding them that “Ang main goal ng training seminar na ito ay para matulungan kayo to improve your teaching skills and to impart your knowledge effectively to departing Household Service Workers.”

 

According to one of the participants, the training helped refresh his knowledge about CPDEP and PDOS and that he learned something new about the programs.

 

The Country Specific Pre-departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) and Comprehensive Pre-Departure received Education Program (CPDEP) are a mandatory orientation/training given to all departing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in order to prepare them for work overseas.

From L to R: Director Albert Q. Valenciano of Plans and Programs Office (PPO) delivers his welcome remarks for the participants of the training seminar; Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief of the Program Services Division of RWO-NCR, discussing the importance of CPDEP and PDOS to the participants of the Training Seminar; and Ms. Paz Ressureccion ”Surie” M. Alip, the resource speaker, facilitating the training seminar.

 

National Capital Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office - National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) conducted an Annual Consultation Meeting with Partner Training Centers to further improve the implementation of the Seafarer’s Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) at the OWWA Multi-Purpose Hall on 3 March 2017.

 

The Seafarer’s Upgrade Program (SUP) is a training assistance to Filipino Seafarers with OWWA assuming the training costs in maritime training centers. The program intends to provide job-related training in upgrading the knowledge, skills and develop expertise among Filipino seafarers in accordance with technological advancements and global maritime standards.

ETU Head Vivian Velez orients Partner Training Centers on SUP and SESP.

On the other hand, the Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) aims to provide technical-vocational training to qualified active OWWA members and their dependents. It is in the form of a training assistance with OWWA assuming the training cost in vocational/technical courses accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

 

The discussion focused on the frequently encountered administrative problems such as billing and referral of OFW-applicants. These problems were tackled to further speed up the process in the availement of the programs and to further improve the services.

 

“Unang una, maraming salamat sa pagpunta. Kayo ay tinatawag namin na partner training center dahil kayo ay partner namin sa pagpapatupad ng aming programa. Ibig sabihin meron tayong shared responsibility na ipatupad itong programa ng maayos dahil pinoprotektahan natin ang integrity ng programa at tumutulong tayo sa mga OFW. Sana maging smooth ang ating pagiimplement ng programa at patuloy din ang suporta ninyo dito,” Ms. Capa said.

 

Ms. Vivian Velez concluded the meeting by saying, “We hope for a better relationship with you, since you are our partner training centers, so we could improve the programs and serve OFWs and their dependents better.

32 Representatives of Partner Training Centers for SUP attended the consultation meeting; Vivian Velez, Head of ETU, discussing the procedures in processing the payment of tuition fees of OWWA members; and Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief Program and Services Division, giving some reminders on their responsibilities as OWWA’s Partner Training Centers.
50 Representatives of Partner Training Centers for SESP attended the consultation meeting; Vivian Velez, Head of ETU, discussing issues and concerns in the implementation of the training programs; and Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief Program and Services Division, delivering the closing remarks.

 

National Capital Region
EDLP Applicants Attend Immersion in Viable Business Enterprises

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office– National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) conducted the 2nd Phase or the Immersion Phase of the OFW Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) for the OFW-applicants who want to start a laundry shop or retail business in detergents or household cleaning materials to help them gain knowledge and hands-on on how to manage businesses they intend to establish.

 

The EDLP is an enterprise development interventions and loan facility of OWWA in partnership with LBP and DBP which aims to help the OFWs and their families create a viable business enterprise that will provide them with a steady income stream and to create employment opportunities in their community. The program has 3 phases namely: the Program Orientation and Business Appreciation, Project-Specific/Visit to Demo Farms/Immersion and the Business Plan Writing Seminar. The applicants must attend all these phases to be able to fully understand the program.

 

On 21 February 2017, 12 OFW-applicants visited the BSC Training Institute as part of their immersion in running a laundry shop. While the visit for retail business for laundry detergents and household cleaning materials at the Oxychem Corporation in Boni Ave, Mandaluyong City was held on 24 February 2017.

 

During the visits, the speakers for each business thoroughly discussed the startup requirements for the preferred type of business as well as tips and strategies to make their business successful. The OFW-applicants were toured at the business site and were able to identify and be familiarized on the materials/supplies needed for the OFW laundry shop business. The participants were also taught on how to use the materials properly and the basics of running the business.

 

Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of the Reintegration Unit of OWWA-NCR, reminded the participants that “Ang pag gawa ng business plan ay parang pagpapatayo ng bahay, ikaw ang magdedesisyon pero merong ibang pwedeng gumawa para sa’yo. Maaring hindi niyo expertise ang pag gawa ng business plan kaya pwede tayo magpatulong sa iba pero at the end of the day dapat alam niyo lahat tungkol sa negosyo niyo dahil kayo ang maglalagay ng backbone sa plano niyo.”

From L to R: Mr. Mark Daniel Martin informing the applicants on starting a laundry business; The participants being taught on how to fold clean clothes and how to prepare it for pick up; Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of the Reintegration Unit, giving the closing remarks.
From L to R: Ms Marita M. Relampagos, Small & Medium Enterprises Business Unit Head of Oxychem Corporation giving a talk about their products; the participants visiting the store of Power Clean Chemicals, and Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of the Reintegration Unit of OWWA-NCR, giving his closing remarks.
From L to R: 1) The participants of the EDLP phase 2 for laundry business with the representatives from OWWA-NCR Reintegration Unit and Mr. Mark Daniel Martin (rightmost in gray); 2) The participants of the EDLP phase 2 for retail business with the representatives from OWWA-NCR Reintegration Unit and (Leftmost) Ms. Marita M. Relampagos, Small & Medium Enterprises Business Unit Head of Oxychem Corporation.

 

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