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RWO VIII
OWWA RWO 8 CELEBRATES OFW FAMILY DAY 2016

Another successful OFW Family Day was celebrated by the Regional Welfare Office VIII last December 3, 2016 at Saint Paul School of Professional Studies. OFW Family Day Celebration is a grand undertaking of OWWA RWO 8 to enjoin all OFW Family Circles/OFW organizations and OFW Help Desk to come and celebrate the occasion in partnership with the agency’s identified stakeholders and sponsors.

 

The event was participated by 1419 OFWs and beneficiaries from all over the region.  Forty-five percent  (45%) of the total participants came from the Province of Leyte, followed by Samar Province with twenty-six percent (26%) and Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte with eight percent (8%) respectively.

 

During the registration, the first 800 participants received a door prizes as incentive to the early birds.  The event was blessed by Rev. Fr. ­­­­­Kelvin Apurillo through a Thanksgiving Mass.

 

The program proper started with a parade of colors spearheaded by OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac together with OWWA RWO 8 Regional Director Norma C. del Rosario, the OFW Family Circle Presidents and the OFW Help Desk Officers from the different municipalities in Region 8.

 

The OWWA VIII staff and the OFW in the region were thrilled and delighted because it is the first time that an OWWA Administrator graced such momentous celebration. After the short introduction from the Regional Director, Admin Hans delivered his warm and good news to the OFWs in the Region.

 

He was very happy with the warm welcome of the OFWs and their beneficiaries in the region who were equally happy to see him in the event. During his message, he proudly shared to the participants the set budget for 2017 amounting to 2.163 Billion Pesos. He also shared the increased budget for each OWWA Programs (i.e. 203 Million for the Reintegration Program and 75 Million on the Welfare Cases.)

 

The Administrator shared his sympathy over the incident in Davao where a child of an OFW was killed. He also pointed out  that on 2017 his goal is that there will no longer abused OFW kids, “Ang target natin para sa 2017 ay wala nang batang (anak ng OFW) maabuso. We are having a partnership with DOJ and DSWD para sa mas mahigpit na pagbabantay sa mga naiiwang bata sa bansa.”

 

After the heart-warming message by the Administrator, an Oath-taking of the new OFC Federation Officers was steered by Admin Hans. The federation of the OFC Presidents was the first in the Region. After the Oath-taking, a series of photo-opportunity with the different OFCs were conducted.

 

To add fun and excitement to this year’s celebration of Family Day,  Ms. Rodah A. Cerna, Family Welfare Officer, prepared a game called “Family Feud where each province was duly represented.

 

Another activity that highlighted this year’s celebration was the search for the “OWWA Tough Model 2016”. Five representatives from Anibong, Tacloban City, Marabut, Western Samar, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Merida and Javier, Leyte joined the said competition and showcased their best gowns made from recycled materials available in their locality.

 

The winners for the OWWA Tough Model were announced with Ms. Tori Rose Boniel of Southern Leyte as the second runner up, Mr. Junrey Fueconcillo of Merida, Leyte as the first runner up and Mr. Kenneth U. Morabe of Javier, Leyte was hailed OWWA Tough Model 2016.  Winners of the “Family Feud”  was also awarded with a cash prize.

 

The raffle of major prizes was the most awaited part of the participants were a 32 inches flat screen television, 5 cubic feet refrigerator and a washing machine were at stake.

 

OWWA RWO 8 hopes to reach out to more OFWs and their families in the different part of the region in the years to come.

 

RWO VIII
OWWA Conducts Meeting Cum Oath Taking Ceremony Of The Newly-Elected Officers Of The Federation Of OFC Presidents In Region VIII

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO VIII) conducted an oath-taking ceremony to its OFC Federation Officers whose been elected to office during the OFC Leaders’ Conference held at Sabin Resort and Hotel last September 28, 2016.

 

The meeting cum oath-taking was held at Ocho Seafood and Grills last October 25, 2016 and was attended by 9 officers for the different provinces of the Region, namely: President: Reynaldo Tuazon, Vice-President: Flaviano Balais, Secretary: Norman Enerlan, Treasurer: Lilybeth Olinares, Auditor: Esmeralda Aboga, P.I.O.s: Leyte Teofista Quiza, Western Samar: Gravoso, Southern Leyte: Tine O. Sabandal, Northern Samar: Adoracion Espinar, Eastern Samar, Mary Jean Abueva and Biliran: Pablito Cuizon.

 

The event commenced with Director del Rosario’s congratulatory message to the elected officers, it was an honor to be the first set of Officers for the first Federation in the Region.

 

Director del Rosario led the oath-taking ceremony of the OFC Federation Officers. The constitution and by-laws was also discussed and amended during the meeting.  After the discussion and the amendments, the officers prepared their plans for 2017.

 

They meticulously identified issues and concerns that every OFC in the region is facing. As the very first federation in the Region, they also made a manifesto that consisted the consolidated wishes and requests of the different OFCs in the Region.

 

The newly elected officers of the  Federation also took their oath in front of the OWWA Administrator Honorable Hans Leo J. Cacdac during the celebration of the OFW Family Day last December 3, 2016 at Saint Paul Scholl of Professional Studies, Campetic, Palo, Leyte.

 

The OFC Federation was formed with the goal of creating holistic development in disseminating information and intensifying the OFW Family Circles region wide.

 

RWO CARAGA
2,656 Caraga OFWs and their Families Graced the 2016 OFW Family Day

Butuan City- Anchored with the theme “Pamilyang OFW: Matatag na Pamilya sa Panahon ng Pagbabago”, the OFW Family Day annual celebration filled with excitement and vibe on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Lope A. Asis Memorial Gymnasium, Bayugan City.

 

Despite the unfriendly weather, the presence of 2,656 participants, 1,156 more than the targeted 1,500, set a very festive atmosphere to the celebration. To add to the hype, each municipality and OFW Family Circle (OFC) was called out to cheer their hearts out for their organization.

 

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in his written message delivered by Director Samuel Madrid, emphasized how the event served as a manifestation of the government’s highest gratitude to the OFWs and their families. “Isa lamang itong pagpapatunay na oo, ang gobyernong ito ay may “pakialam” sa damdamin ng bawat pamilyang OFW at sa araw na ito isang malaking kasiyahan na makasama kayong lahat,” read Director Madrid.

 

Among the highlights of the gathering was the OFW Dance Competition, where a total of 6 contenders coming from different OFW Family Circles competed for the title.  The contest brought excitement and entertainment to the audience as they displayed their talents in their creative costumes and unique choreography. In the end, the ADKIN OFW and Dependents Association of Tago, Surigao del Sur brought home the prize and the title, with the United OFW and Dependents of Bislig City landing in second place and the United OFW and Dependents Association in Carmen bagging third.

 

A number of raffle draw prizes including cash prize of P5,000.00, 3 microwave ovens and 3 bicycles were also given away to the lucky winners. Electronic items, sacks of rice and grocery items were also given away along with the goodies brought by corporate partners. Adding more fun to the event, especially for the kids, parlor games were also initiated by LBC, one of the corporate partners and PhilHealth Caraga that gave away fun and prizes to the participants especially the youngsters. While many activities were being done, a simultaneous free pampering booth which included body massage, facial massage, and haircut was also provided to the participants who want to relax.

 

Government partners, Pag-IBIG and Philhealth were provided with booths where they introduced and offered their services to the OFWs. Corporate partners, Camella Homes Butuan, Ford Butuan, Hyundai-Butuan, Motortrade Bayugan, Tanduay Distillers, Inc., Filinvest, Insular Life Philippines, Sunlife Insurance, B-Meg and Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA) also entertained clients in the area.

 

During his talk, OWWA Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid emphasized the importance of linkages and partnerships with local government units to facilitate a seamless delivery of services to the client-OFWs and their families. He also extended his gratitude to all the PESO Managers and Municipal Mayors, and ofcourse the OFWs themselves who over flowingly responded to his invitation in this year’s OFW Family Day.

The panoramic view (facing the audience) during the Family Day 2016 of OWWA Caraga held at the Lope A. Asis Memorial Gymnasium, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur last Deccember 3.
At the registration. The multitude rushes to register themselves for the Family Day 2016.
The Bayugan City OFW Family Circle renders a doxology at the start of the program.
The audience (OFW and dependents) solemnly listens to the doxology offered by the Bayugan City OFC.
The winners of mountain bikes during the raffle draw: Cerila Abado, Jenelyn Pareῆas and Lucita Belarmino.
OWWA Caraga Regional Director, Samuel Madrid (left) hands the Certificate of Appreciation to Charles P. Anggayong, Vice Mayor of Bayugan City.
OWWA Caraga Regional Director, Samuel Madrid delivers his opening message to the OFW and dependents.
The Winners with their prizes during the raffle draw.

 

RWO XI
OFC Cateel Receives 2.3 M Livelihood Grant

Davao Oriental – The OFW Family Circle of Cateel received a livelihood grant worth P2.3 million pesos from the Department of Labor and Employment and LGU Cateel, Davao Oriental. Said livelihood grant is in line with the LGU and DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) under the BuB (Bottoms-Up Budgeting).

 

BuB is a grassroot participatory program designed to empower people, given the priority and opportunity to choose projects of their own choice to eradicate and minimize poverty.

 

DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jason P. Balais and Hon. Councilor Michael Rosalla of LGU Cateel led the turn-over ceremony last October 13, 2016 at the Legislative Hall, Cateel, Davao Oriental. Also present during the awarding were OWWA XI representative, Carmelo T. Elaya, DOLE XI TSSD Chief Paul V. Cruz, Provincial Head Rodolfo T. Castro Jr. and Cateel PESO Manager Cris Silverio.

 

In his inspirational message, Atty. Balais expressed his gratitude to the DOLE provincial team for facilitating the immediate approval and release of the project. He likewise encouraged all the members to cooperate with one another and advised the officers to manage the project well in order to become successful and productive. “It is our great pleasure to see another BuB recipient who will receive a livelihood grant. We are so happy seeing all the members with joy and excitement for this blessing”, added Atty. Balais.

 

Meanwhile, OWWA XI representative, Mr. Carmelo T. Elaya congratulated all the members on behalf of Reg. Dir. Eduardo E. Bellido. “Now, you really see the truth. The check you’ve been waiting for is now at your fingertips. We have nothing to ask for but to see your organization stable and all the members have benefitted in the project”, said Mr. Elaya who assured OWWA’s full support and guidance to the OFC.

 

OFC Cateel was organized by OWWA on August 2, 2014 and registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on October 17, 2015. The organization is composed of 269 active members who are OFW returnees and dependents. As DOLE registered organization, they submitted a project proposal on rice trading and retailing last August 12, 2015 amounting to P2.3 million pesos. After complying all the necessary documents, their proposal was approved last September 25, 2015.

 

Through the kind effort of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Local Government Unit of Cateel, the project was materialized and hoped to provide additional income to all the OFC members. “We are so honored and proud that we are the first BuB recipient in Davao Oriental who received P2.3 million. This livelihood grant can really help our members augment their income”, said OFC President Juim D. Consuegra. She added that each member will be given sacks of rice to be sold at their respective areas. Hon. Councilor Michael Rosalla, on the other hand, extended his appreciation to the organization for their willingness to establish the said project on behalf of the Honorable Mayor Erlinda Nuñez.

RWO IX
OWWA IX Successfully Held Its Capability Building/Convergence Programs

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX (OWWA RWO-IX) conducted the Capability Building/Convergence Programs on December 2-3, 2016 at Lutong Pinoy Resort, Tugbungan, Zamboanga City. There were 150 participants from the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OFW leaders, One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO), government agencies, and institutional partners.

 

The Capability Building/Convergence Programs is a two-day information dissemination activity to broaden the awareness of our beloved OFWs regarding the various programs and services that the government offers for them.

 

OWWA IX Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain commenced the event with his opening remarks and acknowledgement of participants. Regional Director Jumdain gave an overview of what the program is all about and stated the agenda of the said activity. He also gave a salute to the new heroes of our time. “Mabuhay ang mga manggagawa sa ibayong dagat. Mabuhay ang mga OFW!” said Jumdain.  

 

On the first day, the government agencies and institutional partners were given 30 minutes each to present their respective key programs and services for OFWs. They were the following: Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund); Land Bank of the Philippines; Philippine National Bank; Professional Regulation Commission (PRC); Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA); National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC); Social Security System (SSS); Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC); Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC); Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).  

 

After the presentation, there was a testimony and sharing of best practices from a successful OFW. Jackie Lou Abejaron was the successful seafarer who won in second place for the Business Plan Competition 2016 with her “Hermosa Weaving” business plan. Abejaron shared her story and left an inspiring advice to her fellow OFWs in creating a successful business, “dapat hindi lang ikaw makakabenefit, kailangan makakatulong ka din sa komunidad mo”.      

 

The first day session ended with an open forum to give the audience an opportunity to ask questions and clarifications. The participants were also given brochures, flyers, and application forms from the different government agencies and institutional partners.

 

On the second day of activity, two resource speakers were invited to discuss the most pressing issues in our society and in our government today. The first subject matter is R.A. 8042, “The Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 as Amended by R.A. 10022” which was presented by Professor Atty. Aysar T. Amilbangsa. The second issue is Mindanao in a Federal Setup under the Duterte Administration which was discussed by Undersecretary Senior Adviser of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Atty. Jose I. Lorena. The second day was a half-day activity which ended with an open forum and the closing remarks from Regional Director Jumdain.  For more information on how to avail of OWWA’s programs and services, visit our office at 3rd Floor Goodwill Center, Mayor Jaldon St., Canelar, Zamboanga City or contact us at (062) 991-2785.

 

Photos:

OWWA RWO-IX Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain
POEA Region IX Director Marietta Bellotindos
TESDA Specialist II Greg Flores
TESDA Region IX Director Lorenzo G. Macapili
Beder F. Morandarte Jr., Head of Zamboanga Member Services Branch, Pag-IBIG Fund
Land Bank of the Philippines Account Officer Jaydee N. Bongon
Arnel A. Mariano, Program Manager, Global Marketing Division, Global Filipino Banking Group, of Philippine National Bank
PRC Senior Professional Regulations Officer Nora A. Siason
TIEZA Travel Tax Department Manager Florencio “Butch” Abenes
Wahab Abdulwahid of NLRC Region IX
SSS Senior Communications Analyst Napoleon R. Rabanal II
Cerna Ahmad, ECC Regional Extension Unit No. 9 Information Officer II
Erlisli A. Luceñada of PhilHealth Regional Office IX
Master of Ceremony Jazmin Cinco-Panelo from DOLE IX
NRCO Regional Reintegration Coordinator Sherwin R. Mendizabel
Seafarer Jackie Lou Abejaron, who won in second place for the Business Plan Competition 2016
Government agencies and institutional partners during the open forum
Participants in the Capability Building
Atty. Aysar T. Amilbangsa
Undersecretary Senior Adviser of OPAPP Atty. Jose I. Lorena

RWO I
OWWA Region 1 Rolls Out Case Management System for LGUs

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) has introduced a computer-based system for the local government units (LGUs) in Region 1 that seeks for the efficient management of welfare cases for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

 

The Case Management System (CMS) is a computer program that serves as database for OFW welfare cases, and facilitates the whole management process –from the cases’ intake, endorsement, updating, and up to their eventual resolution.

 

The CMS has been developed by the OWWA RWOI in 2015. It has been used since for the management of the region’s welfare case intakes, which average at 50 cases per month.

 

To empower the LGUs in the welfare case management, the CMS has been introduced to the migrant desk Officers (MDOs) in a seminar workshop on November 22-23, 2016, in San Fabian, Pangasinan.

 

The workshop was participated in by 72 MDOs in region 1; 35 from Pangasinan, 14 from La Union, 16 from Ilocos Sur, and seven from Ilocos Norte.

 

“With this training, we hope to capacitate further the MDOs as our counterparts in the LGUs,” said OWWA RWOI OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta, Jr., “With their knowledge on the use of the CMS, the MDOs could help speed up action on welfare cases involving their OFW-constituencies.”

 

Through the CMS, the LGUs are empowered to endorse the welfare cases directly to various OWWA welfare offices abroad.

 

“This will make our procedures more efficient,” Mr. Borgueta said. “This will reduce time, effort and expenses; next-of-kins of distressed OFWs would only report to their MDOs, who in turn wouldn’t need to bring the distressed OFW family to the OWWA just to intake the welfare case.”

 

The training also aims to harmonize the actions of the OWWA, the LGUs and other partners on welfare case management. Upon endorsement of the welfare case by the LGUs, the OWWA will then take over for the coordination and updating.  

 

The natures of OFW welfare cases in Region 1 include maltreatment, non-payment of salaries, contract violation, family issues, and health-related problems.

 

Also part of the two-day training were lectures on the CMS application by OWWA RWOI officers, namely Ronald A. De Vera, the developer of the CMS; Nona Marie Ganal, focal person for Middle East welfare cases; and talks on on-site welfare case management experiences by deployed officers, namely Mr. Borgueta and OIC PSD Gerardo Rimorin for the Middle East post; Marivic L. Mondina for Asia; and Loreta B. Vergara for Europe.

Migrant Desk Officers (MDOs) in Region 1 get the hang of the Case Management System (CMS) during a seminar-workshop on November 22-23, 2016 in San Fabian, Pangasinan. Developed by the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I, the CMS is a computer program that serves as database for OFW welfare cases, and facilitates the whole management process –from the cases’ intake, endorsement, updating, and up to their eventual resolution.
La Union FWO Khristian Paul Maglaya (3rd from left) assists the MDOs in going through the Case Management System (CMS). The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I capacitates the MDOs in the OFW welfare case management by introducing them the CMS, in the aim to speed up action towards reported welfare cases.
The Case Management System (CMS) is a computer program that serves as database for OFW welfare cases, and facilitates the whole management process –from the cases’ intake, endorsement, updating, and up to their eventual resolution.
More than 70 migrant desk officers (MDOs) gather for a seminar-workshop on the use of the case management system (CMS) on November 22-23, 2016 in San Fabian, Pangasinan, facilitated by the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I.

RWO IV-A
OWWA RWO IV-A CONDUCTS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING to GRADE VI CHILDREN OF OFWs at ALAMINOS CENTRAL SCHOOL

OWWA IV-A joins the various agencies in CALABARZON  who actively participated in the “Project Aral, Ipon May Pag-asa” (A.I.M.), a 1-week awareness celebration for all students of Laguna.

 

In collaboration with Department of Education (DepEd) - Laguna and ATIKHA Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives Inc., OWWA RWO IV-A mobilized its resources and brought its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) program to 76 students, 41 of which are children/ families of OFWs at Alaminos Central School,  Alaminos, Laguna, on 5 December 2016.

 

OWWA IT Program Trainor Allen D. Cruzata shared his expertise to IT conscious grade VI students during the day-long orientation conducted inside the library.

 

The training which aims to educate students with the use of modern technologies was divided into three (3) modules which includes; a) Computer Fundamentals, b) Microsoft Excel and, c) Digital Media: Photoshop.

 

Mr. Cruzata earned thanks from the students and teachers alike who attended the said course, as they have gained  the know-how on basic computer operation or upgraded their capacity to do their homework more confidently using the digital media.

 
 

OWWA IV-A, through its OIC-Director Julia F. Fabian, extends its sincere appreciation to all the students and faculties of Alaminos Central School, headed by its tireless Principal Ms. Salome S. Manalo, for making this outreach-cum-education program a fruitful endeavor for everyone.

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM Awards Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) awarded the Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) to qualified OFWs and their beneficiaries last November 3, 2016 at OWWA-ARMM Regional Welfare Office.

 

OWWA-ARMMs Overseas Worker Welfare Officer III Bai Lejanie D. Vidal and Administrative Aide Mary Joy S. Aba oriented the scholars about the nature of the program, financial assistance, courses offered, and the general guidelines of the said program.

 

SESP is offered to active OFWs and their legal dependents who wish to enroll in a 6-month or 1-year technical vocational courses in any TESDA-accredited training institution.

 

SESP scholars are entitled to an actual cost of tuition/training fees but shall not exceed to Php 14,500/course, regardless of the duration of the training program taken.

 

Among the courses offered are the PC Operation and Computer Hardware Servicing, Electrical Installation Maintenance, Automotive Servicing with Driving, Health Care Services, Care Giving, Massage Therapy, Housekeeping, Food and Beverages Services, Bartending, Commercial Cooking, and many others.

 
 

After completing the course, the scholars must pass the Competency Assessment Test administered by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) or its accredited testing center and will be awarded the National Certificate II (NC II). The certificate is a common requirement for skill-oriented local and overseas jobs.

 

Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program is offered twice a year every semester following the regular school year calendar.

 

Interested applicants may visit OWWA-ARMM Regional Welfare Office at the 2nd Floor, Mags Audio Building, Quezon Avenue, Cotabato City.

RWO ARMM
Batch 69 IT graduates thankful to OWWA-ARMM

COTABATO CITY – A total of twenty two (22) Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and dependents from the province of Maguindanao graduated in the Information Technology (IT) Training Program - Batch 69 of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) last November 3, 2016 at OWWA-ARMM Regional Welfare Office, Cotabato City.

 

IT Training Program is a computer literacy program which provides OFWs and their dependents training and access to technology that is intended to bridge the communication gap between the OFW and his/her family and allow them to communicate with each other through the Internet. The program also aims to upgrade their IT skills.

 

Among the courses offered in the program are Computer Fundamentals 1, Computer Fundamentals 2, Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) Fundamentals, Digital Media Fundamentals, Web Design Fundamentals, Word Processing Fundamentals, Presentation Fundamentals, Database Fundamentals, Spreadsheet Fundamentals, and Lenovo.

 

During the ceremony, IT graduates took the chance to express their heartfelt gratitude to OWWA for having this kind of training program.

 
 

Ms. Sheilie S. Layos said, “Malaki po ang naitulong ng IT Program sa akin at sa ibang mga OFWs. Ito po ang unang hakbang at magiging daan para marating namin ang magandang kinabukasan.”

 

Ako po ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa tanggapan ng OWWA sampu ng kanilang mga mabubuting manggagawa. Sana po ay marami pa kayong matulungang OFWs at pamilya nila”, she added.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo inspired the graduates as they journey the new chapter of their lives.

 
 

“The knowledge that you gained from this training, you must keep it, save it, and use it as an instrument to climb the ladder of success”, Director Crisostomo said.

 
All smiles from the Batch 69 IT Training Program Graduates.

 

RWO VIII
OFC-Organizing in Lawaan and Catbalogan City

With the increasing number of OFWs in the Region, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office VIII, organized two OFW Family Circles in the Provinces of Western and Eastern Samar last October 17 and 21, 2016 respectively.

 

Twenty-five (25) OFWs and beneficiaries were able to attend the OFC organizing activity in Catbalogan City, Samar and twenty-eight (28) attended in Brgy. Bolusao, Lawaan, Eastern Samar.

 

FWO Jenelyn Gacus discussed the proposed organizations constitution and by-laws of Catbalogan Overseas Workers and Families Association (COWFA). They elected their first set of officers for their organization. They are as follow President: Hilda L. Samonte, V-President: Reynaldo A. Duzon, Secretary: Gisela Polido, Treasurer: Sozeta S.

 

Labendia, Auditor: Bonifacio A. Tamayo, PIO: Josefina D. San Miguel and Bookkeeper: Yolanda R. Canedo.

 

COWFA members also agreed to have their monthly meeting on the third Saturday of the month to update their members with the association’s plans and projects.

 

The Bolusao OFWs and Beneficiaries Association (BOBA) in Lawaan, Eastern Samar also elected their set of officers as follow: President: Francisco Catalogo, Vice-President Noel Galera, Secretary Elsie Yangao, Treasurer Lorna Bumaltao, Auditors, Richardson Villamin and Racky Litang, PIO Roselyn Evina and Bookkeeper Darly Gabito.

 

As the newest OFC members they are looking forward to attend to the Family Day Celebration of the agency this December.

 

Establishing these OFCs will help the Agency provide services to more OFWs and their families in the said areas.

(FWO Jessabel Lucinario discussing to the participants the Programs and Services of OWWA (left))
(Participants for the organizing in Lawaan, Eastern Samar attentively listening to Ms. Lucinario’s  discussion of OWWA’s Programs and Services)

 

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