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OWWA conducts Summer Youth Camp for Scholars

Attended by twenty-three (23) scholars from the Education for Development Scholarship Program, the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program, and the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program, the activity carried   the theme "I Am An OWWA Scholar. I Choose to be Healthy. I Choose to be Excel. I Choose to be Me: Guiding the Scholars in making right Choices.”


The summer youth camp provided participants an avenue to discuss issues affecting the youth of today like peer pressure, teenage sexuality, academic pressure, and their role in nation-building. 

Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, and Mr. Remon Albeza, Family Welfare Officer, pose with the OWWA scholars during the distribution of certificates


OWWA Region 1 personnel learn on basic earthquake preparedness

The officers and staff of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) set on a basic lecture and orientation on earthquake preparedness on May 8, 2017 as part of its activities on emergency planning. 


Mr. Freddie C. Evangelista and Ms. Schezelle Kriska Janica O. Doctolero of the Office of Civil Defense Regional Office I (OCD R1) served as learning service providers for the basic orientation.


They discussed on the procedures in conducting an earthquake drill, along with other vital information in preparing for any unforeseen natural disasters.


The lecture revealed the Phivolcs report that of the top 10 provinces which are at risk to earthquakes, La Union and Pangasinan rank second and fourth, respectively.


The OCD officers also identified the earthquake exit in the OWWA RWOI office. They also commited to extend assistance in creating disaster management council of the OWWA RWOI.

           The officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI sat on a basic lecture and orientation on earthquake preparedness on May 8, 2017. 


OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 is now accepting applicants for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).


In its thrust to expand its program to all beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OWWA has expanded the annual scholarship slots from 200 to 1,000.


Eligible beneficiaries are children of active OWWA members or their siblings (if unmarried or childless) who are not more than 21 years old, currently enrolled in Grade 12, and are incoming college freshmen belonging to the top 20 per cent of their graduating class.


Qualified applicants who are incoming college freshmen will be required to take the Department of Science and Technology’s national qualifying examination.


In addition, its scope also now includes members’ beneficiaries already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year of college who are single, not more than 30 years old, and with 85 per cent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


A financial assistance of P60,000.00 per school year and a group health and accident insurance coverage of P300,000.00 are entitled to the scholars.


Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA RWO 6, emphasized that interested applicants should send their applications on or before July 31, 2017.


Application forms are provided at the OWWA Region 6 Office at Robinsons Place Iloilo City or are available for download at the following link:


Interested dependents may call the office for more details at telephone numbers (033) 509-1075 or 337-4484, or at (034) 432-2873 for the Bacolod City satellite office.

(FILE PHOTO) OWWA Region 6 staff with the Region 6 scholars during the OWWA Scholars’ Conference last December 2016. 


OWWA to Celebrate Migrant Workers Day 2017 in Claver, Surigao del Norte

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will once again be celebrating the “Araw ng Pasasalamat” in observance of the Migrant Workers Day 2017: a one-day celebration to pay tribute to the OFWs and their families.


The annual program intends to provide our OFWs relevant activities promoting the importance of spending quality time and togetherness amongst OFW families. This is the government’s response to the great contribution of our OFWs in keeping our economy vibrant through their sacrifices and endurance in working overseas.


Once again, OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel Madrid extends his invitation to all Caraganon OFWs (vacationing and returnees) including their families, especially those from nearby towns of Claver, Surigao del Norte to participate in this fun-filled day.


Responsive to call of bringing OWWA’s services to all OFWs around Caraga Region, this year,s Migrant Workers Day will be at Claver Municipal Convention Hall, Claver, Surigao del Norte on the 7th of June 2017, Wednesday at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Previous year’s Migrant Workers Day was a huge success at the town of Agusan del Sur with 500 participants from all over the region.


Interested participants may visit the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or make contact with OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 with telephone numbers (085) 342-6178/815-1894 and mobile numbers 09399259895/09173150590 for further information regarding the activity.

Celebrating Academic Achievement OWWA-ARMM ODSP Scholar passed Civil Engineering Board Exam

COTABATO CITY – In addition to the growing list of successful Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholars, OWWA-ARMM ODSP scholar Mohammed Omar Pangato successfully passed the recent Civil Engineering Licensure Examination held last May 7-8, 2017.


For 5 years, Mohammed was a diligent scholar under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), a scholarship grant of P 20,000.00 per year for dependents of OFWs who earn not more than US $400 per month.


With the great victory he achieved, Mohammed dedicated this and gave the credit to his parents.


Alhamdulillah! I thank Allah (SWT) - the source of my knowledge and wisdom for everything. Truly, all of these achievements are from you. I thank also my family and relatives especially Ina and Auntie Sittie for the unconditional love, untiring support and encouragement. Indeed, I’m forever indebted,” he said.


Mohammed also expressed his gratefulness to OWWA-ARMM for the assistance and support it has given him throughout his journey.


“To OWWA ARMM and staff, you didn’t just help me to achieve one of my goals but you help me in making my quest for learning undeniably fun and meaningful. Thank you very much!” he said.


Mohammed desires to inspire and motivate other OWWA scholars by saying, “To my co-scholars, always seek Almighty’s guidance and give your 100% effort to achieve your goals because good things will not just fall into our lap.” 


OWWA-ARMM celebrates 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day in Matanog, Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY - Over 500 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families attended this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration held in Matanog, Maguindanao on May 25, 2017.


Members of the OFW Family Circles (OFC) attended the fun-filled day with raffle draws, zumba, games and cultural presentations.


This annual event organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - (OWWA-ARMM) is aimed to pay tribute to the unparalleled sacrifices of OFWs around the globe and to recognize their valuable efforts to their families and the country.



In the opening salvo, the celebration was boosted with the “Hataw” zumba dance workout led by the Iranun Foundation College, Inc. (IFCI).


Administrator Mala D. Lidasan of Matanog, Maguindanao welcomed all the guests and participants.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisosotomo said, “We DARE because we care. The declaration of Martial Law did not hinder us to conduct this advance celebration of Migrant Workers Day. We stand firm with our commitment to serve and help the OFWS and their families and promote peace and ease the ongoing tension in the community”.


Atty. Mohammad-Ali S. Guro, Mayor of Matanog, Maguindanao served as the keynote speaker during the program. Mayor Guro pledged for their full support to OWWA’s mandate of protecting the rights and welfare of OFWs.


Municipal officials and other local officials also joined the celebration.


17th Infantry Battalion, Commander Lt. Col. Florencio Politud Jr. also graced the occasion. Together with his troop, they heavily guarded the area to assure everyone's safety.



As part of the program, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth-ARMM), one of OWWA’s partner agencies, gave the participants a brief lecture on its programs and services and also umbrellas as mementos.


The raffle draw was the most anticipated part of the celebration. Everyone was in a celebratory mood because of the prizes allotted for them. From small items, sacks of rice, dish rack to electronics and appliances – chest freezer, gas stoves with LPG, and cellular phones with load and SIM cards, electric fans, multi-function kettles and rechargeable light.


Generous gifts and raffle prizes given by the ARMM Regional Government, LGU of Matanog, DOLE-ARMM, PhilHealth-ARMM, and OWWA brought joy to the participants. 


Prizes for the raffle draw – 1st Prize Chest Freezer, 2nd Gas stove with LPG, 3rd Rice Cooker, 4th Prize Electric Fan, 5th Prize Dish Rack and other consolation prizes.


Winners of cell phones with load and SIM cards as livelihood starter kits courtesy of DOLE-ARMM.


5th Prize Winner of a brand new dish rack.


4th Prize Winner of a brand new electric fan.


3rd Prize Winner of a brand new rice cooker.


2nd Prize Winner of a brand new two-burner gas stove with LPG.


1st Prize Winner of a brand new chest freezer as livelihood starter kit.


Winner of a brand new standing cooker with oven courtesy of LGU Matanog.


OWWA-ARMM conducts monitoring activity to strengthen livelihood program

COTABATO CITY – Consistent in the bid to support and strengthen livelihood programs to its client-OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted a monitoring activity to the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) livelihood recipients last April 24-28, 2017.


Family Welfare Officer (FWO) Moctar S. Ulama lead the team. They interviewed the recipients to identify the needs of the OFWs and ensure that the agency continuously delivers quality programs and services for them.


“Through this monitoring activity, we determine whether the inputs in the projects were well utilized and to identify problems facing the community or project and finding solutions”, Ulama said.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the monitoring provides a means for the agency seeking to learn from their experiences and to incorporate them into policy and practice.


Nagpapasalamat po ako sa OWWA dahil hindi talaga nila kami pinapapabayaan. Nagpapasalamat din po ako dahil patuloy pa rin ang mga programang katulad nito na napakalaking tulong sa aming mga OFW”, one of the beneficiaries said.


Thus, OWWA-ARMM continues to seek prospective partners to provide the agency’s livelihood programs a wider range of opportunity that could best meet the needs and interests of their clients. 



OWWA-RWO 6 inducts new Tigbauan OFC group officers

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) 6 inducted the new officers of the Barroc Overseas Workers & Beneficiaries Association (BOWBA), an OFW Family Circle group based in Tigbauan, Iloilo last May 19, 2017.


The inauguration was conducted during BOWBA’s 37th Honorary Program, a tribute activity held in recognition of the achievements of the said group’s members in the field of academics and community service.


Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge, and Mr. Sherwin B. Madayag and Mr. Remon A. Albeza, Family Welfare Officers, were in attendance for the ceremony.


Mr. Remon A. Albeza, Family Welfare Officer (left), leads the Tigbauan-based OFC group in the reading the oath.



Koronadal City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XII celebrated the 2017 Migrant Workers Day with the theme "Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs." at KCC Convention Center, General Santos City last June 07, 2017.


The event was participated by Six Hundred (600) Overseas Filipino Workers and their families who are members of various OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the region. The DOLE – Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE – RCC) comprised of attached agencies to the Department of Labor and Employment was also present in the event.  


The agency highlighted the exemplary contributions of the OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the SOCCSKSARGEN region through its 2017 OFC Bagong Bayani Awards. This salutation serves as an inspiration to all OFW Family Circles (OFCs) to continue doing worthwhile activities for the betterment of the OFW community and our country.  


OIC Director Marlyn E. Jamero in her welcome message expressed her gratitude to the OFW community for their significant contribution to the socio-economic development of our country. She assured that the agency will continue to provide efficient programs and services to address the needs of modern heroes and their families.


The 2017 Outstanding OFC Member was Precilla A. Panzo of Capayuran OFW Family Association in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. Her association has been an active partner of LGU-Pigcawayan in initiating various activities like Medical Missions and Feeding Programs. She was also one of the recipients of OWWA’s Parangal sa Natatanging Kababaihan during the Women’s Month Celebration last March 2017 at PICC.


Meanwhile, the TM OFW Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative was hailed as the OFC Bagong Bayani Awardee. This OFW association was formed by OWWA in 2004 and was acknowledged as the only OFW cooperative in the region in 2014.  They have been involved in various social and civic activities that empowered its members to be advocates for the improvement of the OFW community in Tulunan, North Cotabato. 


"Ang karangalang ito na nagmula sa OWWA ay hindi lamang para sa aming asosasyon. Ito po ay parangal at pagkilala sa bawat bagong bayani na naririto ngayon at saang sulok man ng mundo. Asahan niyo po, na mas pagbubutihan pa namin ang aming paglilingkod upang mas maipagmalaki pa natin ang pamilyang OFW. Mabuhay po ang Migranteng Pilipino. "., this was an excerpt from the message of Mr. Davie P. Celestial, President of TM OFW Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative..


Here is the complete list of winners of OFC Bagong Bayani Awards



TM OFW Farmers Cooperative


Capayuran  OFW and Family Association


Old Poblacion Maitum OFW  Family Association


Tupi Overseas Families Association


Poblacion 3 OFW and Family Association


New Pangasinan OFW Family Association



Precilla A. Panzo

           OFC YOUTH MODEL

Runolyn Subpangan


Davie P. Celestial


Ginalyn L. Montalban


Manuel O. Ramento, Jr.

The celebration is annual activity of OWWA in commemoration of signing into law of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 that aims to recognize the incomparable efforts and sacrifices of Overseas Filipino Workers all over the world.

The  2017 Outstanding OFW Family Circle, TM OFW Farmer Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative together with the  2017 Outstanding OFC Member Precilla A. Panzo (center in blue) 


OFW Precilla A. Panzo (center) emotionally receives her Plaque of Recognition and Cash Prize from OIC Marlyn E. Jamero (leftmost) and DOLE XII Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi.


Winners for Individual Category holding their Plaques: Manuel Ramento, Jr. – Outstanding New OFC Member and Ginalyn L. Montalban, Excellence for Community and Social Service Awardee.


Winners for Individual Category holding their Plaques: Davie P. Celestial – Leadership Awardee and Runolyn M. Subpangan, Outstanding OFC Youth Model Awarde.


Winners for Group Category (Clockwise from Upper Right) : Poblacion 3 OFW Family Association – Most Promising OFC; OFW New Pangasinan Isulan Sector -  Excellence for Environmental Protection Awardee; Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association - Excellence for Entrepreneurship Awardee; and Tupi Overseas Families Association - Excellence for Sports, Culture and Arts Awardee.


Some of Public OFW Desk Officers(PODOs) who attended this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day.




OWWA XII gets ready for the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration

Koronadal City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII is set to conduct the nationwide celebration of the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day on June 07, 2017 at KCC Mall of Gensan Convention Hall, General Santos City.


The said event will be attended by more or less Five Hundred (500) participants composed of OFW Family Circles, Public OFW Desk Officers (PODOs), Social Partners and other guests. 


The said celebration will highlight the 2017 OFC Bagong Bayani Awards (OBBA Awards) both for group and individual categories. Other special awards include citation in Excellence in Community and Social Service, Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Excellence in Environmental Protection.  


This aims to recognize the noble efforts and sacrifices of Overseas Filipino Workers dubbed as Modern Heroes.


OIC – PSD, Chief Christelyn R. Caceres said that this year’s celebration will also serve as an inspiration to all OFW Family Circles (OFCs) to continue working for the betterment of the OFW community and our country. 


The Migrant Workers Day is an annual activity of the agency in commemoration of the signing into law of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995.