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OWWA RWO III Celebrates Family Day in Bataan

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office III (OWWA RWO III) celebrated family day with the Bataan OFC Federation at Vista Mall, Balanga City, Bataan on December 9, 2016.


Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Bataan Provincial Manager Melchor Cui welcomed the participants whole-heartedly for the success of the event. OWWA RWO III Regional Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes, in behalf of Chief Hans Leo Cacdac of OWWA, extended the agencies gratitude to all the OFCs celebrating the family day on their respective provinces. Director Reyes also thanked the provincial and municipal PESO for their cooperation and help with the OFC.


The OFC officers of the different municipalities of Bataan and some of the OWWA Scholars had their oath taking which was administered by Director Malou Reyes, DOLE Bataan Provincial head Leilani Reynoso and PESO Provincial Manager Melchor Cui.


The contestants for the “Mrs OFW 2017” were also presented to the public in preparation of the coronation on March 2017. It was followed by the Cultural Dance Contest per town wherein the winners are Hermosa OFC for third place, Limay OFC for second place and Abucay OFC won first place in the cultural dance presentation.


The celebration was also graced with the presence of ACTS OFW Party list representative Hon. John Bertiz.

Polomolok OFW Associations celebrates Localized OFW Family Day

KORONADAL CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII graced the localized OFW Family Day in the Municipality of Polomolok last December 17, 2016.  The activity was participated by one hundred twenty five (125) OFWs and dependents. The said event was spearheaded by the Public OFW Desk Officer (PODO) Ms. Ma. Lourdes E. Hormigos.


The event was highlighted by the induction of the OFC Officers by Officer-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero. It was a fun activity filled with excitement as the OFCs showcased their talents thru various presentations.

Municipal Councilor Allan M. Ines delivering his inspirational message.

Municipal Councilor Honorable Allan M. Ines as he deliver his inspirational Message: “Talagang Mapalad tayo dito sa ating munisipyo dahil tayo ay parating na-aabot ng bawat programa at serbisyo ng ating gobyerno, kami po ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa ating OWWA sa pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng ating mga OFWs, sana po ay patuloy ang ating ugnayan kasama ng ating local government at ang bawat asosasyon ng mga OFWs sa pag sulong ng kapakanan ng ating mga mahal na OFWs.”


The celebration of the OFW Family Day every December of the year is one way of showing the appreciation to our OFWs who sacrificed to be away from their loved ones in order to provide for their needs as well as contribute to our country’s economy.


Officer-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero greeted the participants of the event with “Kahit saang panig ng mundo ang OWWA ay laging maaasahan”, She presented the various programs and services of the agency She also emphasized the importance of being an active OWWA member.  Saying “Sa OWWA, ang myembro protektado! ”.


This activity aims to develop camaraderie between the government and the OFWs and their families making them feel that all of their sacrifices are being acknowledged.

Office-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero  during the Induction of OFC Officers.
OIC Marlyn E. Jamero reading the Administrator’s Message.
Dependents of Silway 7 OFW Family Association on their dance number

OWWA-RWO VI allies with Atikha for Financial and Income Management Seminar

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI, in partnership with the Atikha Overseas Workers & Training Communities Initiative, Inc., conducted a Seminar on Financial and Income Management at the ISMDO Training Room of the Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo City last December 7, 2016.


Attended by about fifty-six (56) participants from OFW families, the one-day seminar aimed at teaching them the benefits of financial planning, saving, and investing that will contribute to the long-term development of their families and communities.


The trainees were then encouraged to demonstrate the concepts they learned during the afternoon session.


OWWA and Atikha is also involved with a project assisted by the United Nations called “Coming Home: Reintegration Program for Domestic Workers from the Philippines” earlier this year.

OWWA RWO VI conducts youth leadership workshop for scholars

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently conducted its annual Learning Support Mechanism activity for scholars called “Developing Youth Leaders” last December 10, 2016.


Twenty-two (22) scholars from the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) attended the said activity at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.


Atty. Jose Donel Trasporto served as the resource speaker of the event, where he discussed topics that dealt with describing the characteristics of effective leaders and discussing the role of the youth in nation-building.

OWWA scholars pose with Ms. Jade Love Omapas (leftmost), Overseas Workers Welfare Officer I, and Atty. Jose Donel Trasporto (center)

OWWA RWO VI doles out early Christmas treat for OFWs in OFW Family Day

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI, in its aim of recognizing the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in the region, held the 2016 OFW Family Day celebrations last December.


692 people and 1,078 participants attended the celebrations in Iloilo City and Bacolod City, respectively. 


The activities that rounded up the celebration were a short talk on family values and financial management, special performances from several local OFC members, and the raffle draws where prizes like grocery packs, rice sacks, washing machines, and other appliances and gifts were handed out to the lucky winners.

(Top): OFW Family Day at Bacolod City; Mr. Reynold T. Pigar (left), Officer-In-Charge, and Mr. James B. Mendiola, Supervising and Administrative Officer, poses with one of the raffle draw winners.



Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VIII released a total of 38livelihood starterkitsin its Balik-Pinas, BalikHanapbuhayProgram (BPBH) beneficiaries all over the region.This program is part of OWWA’s Reintegration Program for the distressed OFWs who were repatriated due to political conflicts in host countries, wars and other distressful situation.


The Regional Welfare Office VIII received a total of 74applications from June up to September 2016.


Qualified beneficiaries of the said program were given a starter kit worth Php10,000.00 and can choosefrom these livelihood projects: Health and Wellness (massage, cosmetology, spa, reflexology), House Repairs, (plumbing, welding, electrical servicing, appliance repair), Food Processing (native snack preparation and other food and beverage preparation), Personal Accessories Repair &Maintenance, Handicraft, Priority goods under One-Town-One-Products scheme and Agriculture-related projects.


Before these livelihood starter kits were released, OWWA RWO VIII see to it that the beneficiaries have the necessary social preparationsand gave them a one-day Entrepreneurial Development Training to aid with business planning and enhanced their business management skills. The training was conducted into three different batches last November 9, 10 and 11, 2016 through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry-Province of Leyte.


This year a total of 182Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhayapplications were received by the Regional Welfare Office VIII and 131 starter kits were already released.


OWWA  continues to implements responsive program that will help uplift the welfare and interest of every OFWs.


OWWA urges women OFWs to fight gender-based violence

To celebrate its inclusion in the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI organized an activity on Enhancing Women OFWs Capacity to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence.


Thirty-eight (38) female OFWs bound for Hong Kong attended the said workshop and seminar held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.


The topics discussed were on the basics of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, Values Formation, Financial Literacy, and Stress Management Training. 


Ms. Mary Luth Suprecencia, Cantonese Instructor, gives stress management tips to the attendees on.

OWWA RWO III celebrates Family Day in Bulacan

Last December 02, 2016, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office III (OWWA RWO III) celebrated family day with the Bulacan Federation OFC in Balagtas, Bulacan.


“Nang dumating ako sa OWWA Region 3 nung 2012, hindi pa ganito ang estado ng mga OFW, hindi pa naming nabuo lahat, watak watak pa at hindi ganito ka organisado, pero nagbilang ako ng apat na taon at ganito na ngayon.”, said OWWA RWO III Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes as she welcomed the participants and thanked them of the hard work they’ve put into the federation. “Para akong nanay na pinanganak ang federation, dahan dahan tinuruan namin, nagbibigay tayo ng training, mga events, at dahan dahan binibitawan namin, kasi nakikita namin na kaya niyo ng patakbuhin ang federation at yung OFC ng bawat munisipyo at bawat barangay. I couldn’t be more proud to see Bulacan OFC Federation like this.” Director Reyes added.


474 OFW families attended the family day celebration wherein fun games, dance presentations from different municipal federation and raffle draws completed the event. 


The celebration was also graced with the presence of ACTS OFW representative Derick Delos Reyes, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Bataan Provincial Manager Elizabeth Alonzo, PESO Municipal Manager Emelita San Agustin of Guiguinto, PESO Municipal Manager Ian De Guzman of Balagtas, Tess Zaragosa of SM Development Corporation (SMDC), Tina Pancho, and Bulacan Vice Governor Daniel Fernando.


Pigcawayan Localized OFW Family Day

KORONADAL CITY - In its endeavor to honor every Overseas Filipino Worker, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII, graced the 1st Localized OFW Family Day celebration of Pigcawayan with the theme "Ang Diwa ng Pasko, Nasaan man, Mananatili sa puso ng bawat Pamilyang OFW" last December 9, 2016 held at their Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.


The event was attended by more than two hundred fifty (250) OFWs and their families and was realized through Public OFW Desk Office spearheaded by Ms. Beverly P. Yu.  This is in partnership with its Local Government Unit, OFC Federation of Pigcawayan and OWWA - RWO XII.


This year's celebration of Picawayan OFW Family Day highlights the bravery and sacrifices of OFWs as they face challenges and frustrations.


A variety of contests participated by nine OFW Family Circles who portrayed their experiences of while working in the foreign shores added to the fun.  In addition, door and raffle prizes were given away. Among the prizes were:  washing machine (1st prize), bed (2nd Prize), stand fan (3rd prize), and grocery packages.


Ms. Beverly P. Yu, PODO-designate said "This is the first and definitely not the last celebration of Pigcawayan. Mas paghuhusayan pa namin ang pag-iisip ng konsepto para bawat taon ay mas maging kapana-panabik pa ang pagdiriwang na ito. All these, of course, for our OFWs."


Hon. Jesus “Susing” Sacdalan, Representative of North Cotabato and the Guest of Honor, committed to donate one million pesos in order to provide sustainable livelihood grants to the eleven OFW associations in Pigcawayan.


The OFW Family Day celebration aims to give tribute and recognition to our modern heroes. It also serves as an inspiration for their families to maintain their family ties despite distance.


Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero, represented by Family Welfare Officer – North Cotabato Elliel Dominic F. Cerna, extended her salutation to the OFWs with a message -  “Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat at naniniwala sa kakayahan ng bawat OFW sa Pigcawayan. Ito po ay patunay na hindi hadlang ang pagkakalayo ng mga miyembro ng pamilya upang magkaroon ng isang buo, nagmamahalan at nagkakaisang pamilya.”


The Localized OFW Family Day is a mandate as per Presidential Proclamation NO. 276 dated June 21, 1998 declaring the month of December every year as the “Month of Overseas Filipinos”.