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National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Scholars Prepare To Pound the Pavement

65 Scholars in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the annual learning support activity with the theme “Getting Hired for Your Attitude” to prepare them for employment at the Manila Ocean Park on 8 April 2017.

 

Mr. Florencio Teves III of the Policy and Program Development Division (PPDD) explained the OWWA Programs and Services. He also reminded the students that, “You can choose your work but not your officemates.” Furthermore, he challenged the scholars to set their goals. He said that, “Sa panahon ngayon, ang credentials ay sa papel na lang. Ang ina-assess ngayon ng mga employer ay ang ugali ng aplikante.”

 

Ms. Paz Resurrecion M. Alip, Resource Speaker, conducted the different activities in assessing the attitude of the participants towards themselves and to other people, and she also discussed several topics on the importance of attitude in getting hired and in the workplace. She stated that, “Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na masyadong hinahanap ang IQ, attitude na ang hinahanap ngayon. Ang skills kasi pwede ituro pero ang attitude hindi. Attitude always makes the difference especially since dito nakikita ang beliefs at values ng tao.” Ms. Alip also reminded the scholars that, “You control your attitude. Lahat ng bagay may choice ka kaya ikaw ang magde desisyon kung maganda o pangit na ugali mo ang ipapakita mo.”

From L to R: RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair explaining the importance of having a positive attitude; Mr. Andre Joseph Anthony Alip discussing the right attitude that an applicant must possess to get hired; and PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa delivering the closing remarks.
 

RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair discussed the importance of having a positive mindset in the workplace. She emphasized that, “Dapat lagi tayong positive para maging maunlad tayo. We should always reflect on the positive side of life.” Director Sinclair also talked about the importance of the lectures by saying, “Yung tinuro sa inyo ni Ms. Surie na dynamics ng tao ay importante at we expect na marami kayong matutunan dahil napansin namin na may kulang pa rin ang napag-aralan ninyo sa eskwela.

 

Mr. Andre Joseph Anthony Alip, Vice President for Corporate Human Resources of China Oceanis Philippines and the Immediate Past President of the Association of Human Resources (AHRM) in the Hospitality Industry, lectured on the importance of doing well during the On-the-Job Training so that the company will absorb you after graduation. “Ang mindset dapat habang natututo kayo make sure that they would notice your potential na pwedeng i-offer sa kanila. Also, be ready to go the extra mile. Be serious and act like you are already an employee.” Mr. Alip also asked them to be like a sponge, “Learn all the things as much as possible para kapag piniga kayo meron kayong mailalabas. Dapat meron kayong alam about the company.”

 

Ms. Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief of Program Services Division, delivered her closing message by emphasizing the importance of the activity. She said that, “Kaya tayo may ganitong activity ay para matutunan ninyo ang halaga ng attitude. Hindi sapat na grade conscious lang, dapat paglaan ng pansin ang attitude dahil iyan na ang ina-assess ng mga employers ngayon.”

 
The ODSP and EDSP scholars with OWWA RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair (center, in white), Ms. Surie M. Alip (center, in blue), ETU Head Vivian Velez (center, in dark blue) and the Education and Training Unit (ETU) staff.
From top L to R: ETU Head Vivian Velez welcoming the scholars to the learning support activity and Mr. Florencio Teves III reminding the applicants about the importance of attitude in getting hired. From bottom L to R: Ms. Surie Alip discussing the mechanics of the activity and the scholars participating actively in the team exercises.

 

National Capital Region
EDLP Applicants Attend Agribusiness Seminar

15 applicants of the OFW Enterprise Development Loan Program (EDLP) in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the Phase 2 (Business Immersion) on High Value Vegetables and Organic Farming conducted by the Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) in partnership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the OWWA Multipurpose Hall on 17 March 2017.  

 

The EDLP is an enterprise development intervention and loan facility of OWWA in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) which aims to help the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families create a viable business enterprise that will provide them with a steady income stream and 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.

From top L to R (clockwise): Josephine Costales giving tips on how to sustain an organic farm; Mimi Tolentino discussing the Agribusiness; PPDO Director Albert Valenciano delivering his closing remarks; RU Head Zandro Almendrala giving some reminders to the applicants and Engineer Raul Rebollos II discussing the loan facilities of the Sustainable Agribusiness Financing Program of DBP.
 

Mrs. Josephine Costales, Chairman of the Costales Nature Farms, discussed organic farming and gave some tips on how to start and sustain a business. She explained that, “Sa panahon ngayon dapat maingat tayo sa mga kinakain natin. Mas maganda kung organic food ang kakainin natin dahil hindi na natin alam kung ano ano ang mga tinuturok na gamot o iniispray na insecticide sa ibang kinakain natin.” She said that they turned their retreat house into a livelihood farm and started their own pure organic farm business. She also shared their success story being IT experts and became the owner of the 1st Farm Tourism Destination in the Philippines accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

 

Ms. Mimi Tolentino of the Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) discussed the Agribusiness sector and the role of the Department of Agriculture in the said industry while Engineer Raul Rebollos II discussed the loan features of the Sustainable Agribusiness Financing Program (SAFP) of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

 

Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of Reintegration Unit, reminded the applicants that starting a business should be planned and considered carefully. “Wala namang negosyong malaki agad, lahat ng negosyo ay dumadaan sa ups and downs kaya dapat ay desidido ka sa gusto mong negosyo. Dapat inaaral at pinaghahandaan ng maigi ang balak mong itayong negosyo,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, Director Albert Valenciano of the Policy and Program Development Office (PPDO) concluded the seminar by saying, “Sana ay may natutunan kayo tungkol sa Agribusiness industry sa seminar na ito at sana ay naliwanagan kayo kung ito ba talaga ang industriya na gusto ninyong pasukin.  Ang approval ng loan ninyo ay nakasalalay sa inyong business plan kung kaya’t aralin niyo ito ng maigi.” 

 
From first row L to R: Mimi Tolentino of the Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), Reintegration Unit (RU) Head Zandro Almendrala, Engineer Raul Rebollos II of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Policy and Program Development Office (PPDO) Director Albert Q. Valenciano together with the participants of the Entrepreneurial Development Seminar.

RWO XI
Program launch and Seminar for the Protection of Children left behind by the OFWs held in Davao City

Davao City - Pursuant to the joint agreement between the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the provision of full protection to children left behind by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), a program launch and a seminar was held last March 30, 2017 at The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City with Director Carmelina F. Velasquez, representing OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, as the honored guest.

 

The seminar-program is designed to empower caregivers and program implementers on the rights and responsibilities of children and the prevention of such abuses and violence in the community. Likewise, it aims to heighten the awareness of the participants on the issues and problems concerning children left behind by the OFWs, identify appropriate intervention for the protection of children left behind, invoke appropriate attitudes of the participants to broaden their perspectives in dealing   with the issues, establish convergence program with OWWA, DSWD, DOJ and LGUs, and formulate an action plan to address such issues and problems.

 

Resource Speakers from DSWD and DOJ provided substantial inputs to draw the attention of one-hundred forty five (145) participants on the condition and situation of the left behind OFW children. Representatives from the partner government agencies, non-government organizations, members of OFW Family Circles in Davao Region, and OWWA Regional Directors including their Family Welfare Officers in Mindanao attended the one-day seminar.

 

OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director welcomed all guests and participants and provided the rationale of the seminar. “The vulnerability of left behind children to child abuse and violence are high when there is parental absence and caregivers are not providing such love and care that was expected from them because of the absence of attachment to the left behind child”, Dir. Bellido said.

 

In her message, Dir. Velasquez emphasized that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) compliments to R.A. 7610 (An Act Providing Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination) and RA 9262 (An Act on Violence against Women and Children). “The agreement will also provide a strategic component to further enhance the campaign and coordination among government agencies to provide welfare, assistance, prevention and remedial mechanism against child abuse and exploitation, particularly on the children of OFWs”, said Dir. Velasquez, the Vice-Chairperson of the OWWA’s Committee on Child Protection.

 

DOJ Prosecutor, Atty. Janet Grace B. Dalisay-Fabrero and DSWD Assistant to the Regional Director for Operations, Ms. Rebecca A. Sta. Maria likewise gave their message of support to the campaign.

 

Ms. Pedrita Dimakiling, the Head of DSWD Community-based Services Unit, presented the data of children left behind as served by its office. Based on the data presented (CY 2016 and 1st Quarter 2017), a total of forty (40) OFWs were served and six (6) of them were cases of child abuse including the case of a 2-year old child who died due to mauling and physical injuries inflicted by the child’s Aunt and Uncle while his mother works in Bahrain. Other topics discussed by Ms. Dimakiling include: the effects of migration to children left behind; protocol in handling child victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation; and preventive and rehabilitative programs and services to children.

 

DOJ Assistant Regional Prosecutor Ritzel R. Polinar, on the other hand, discussed the Salient Features of Republic Act 7610 and other relevant laws designed to provide special protection to children against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. In order to have a clear understanding of the said law, Prosecutor Polinar defined child abuse as any act which inflicts physical or psychological injury, cruelty to or the neglect, sexual abuse of, or which exploits a child. Other forms of child abuse were likewise enumerated and discussed by Atty. Polinar.

 

June Mark Cagalitan, the older brother of John Earl gave his testimony on how painful being left by a loved one who suffered and died of physical abuse from their relatives. He expressed his gratitude to OWWA, DOJ and DSWD for launching a program that will protect and monitor the OFW children. “With this program, I hope that there will be no more OFW children who will suffer from any forms of abuse like my brother”, he said.

 

An open forum was also held after the discussion and presentation of the resource speakers wherein various issues and concerns were addressed and given clarifications.

 

Finally, a workshop identifying the gaps and issues concerning protection for children left behind by the OFWs was done to serve as basis in formulating program of action of concerned agencies and institutions. Some of the gaps and issues identified include; lack of information about the laws, no available data of children left behind, deterioration of good values, among others.

 

OWWA XI Supervising Officer Carmelo T. Elaya, in his closing remarks, challenged all the stakeholders to do their part in ensuring full protection for children left behind by the OFWs.

Participants from the partner government agencies, non-government organization, members of the OFW Family Circles and OWWA personnel from the different regions in Mindanao.
Participants listened to the welcome message of OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido.
OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido presented the rationale of the seminar.
Director Carmelina F. Velasquez delivered a message during the program on behalf of Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac.
Ms. Pedrita Dimakiling, Head of DSWD Community-based Services Unit discussed the effects of migration to children left behind and protocol in handling child victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
DOJ Assistant Regional Prosecutor Ritzel R. Polinar discussed the Salient Features of R.A. 7610 and other relative laws designed to provide special protection to children against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
Ms. Inorosa S. Elento from the Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Action, Inc. asked clarifications on the creation of committee for the protection of children left behind by the OFWs during the open forum which was addressed by Dir. Carmelina F. Velasquez.
Mati City OFC President Arlen Vicente suggested to have an interactive and fruitful activities for the OFW children to divert their attention.
Participants from the non-government organizations exchanged thoughts during the workshop.
Participants wrote their identified gaps and issues as well as recommendations during the workshop.
OWWA XI Supervising Welfare Officer Carmelo T. Elaya in his closing remarks.
Dir. Carmelina F. Velasquez during her interview with ABS-CBN Davao reporter Vina Araneta.
OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido was interviewed by different media personnel from TV and radio stations.
June Mark Cagalitan, the older brother of John Earl gave his testimony on how painful being left by a loved one who suffered and died of physical abuse from their relatives.

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR AND SOCIAL CORPORATE PARTNERS GEARING UP FOR 2017 COMMUNITY BASED TRAININGS

Director Emma V. Sinclair of the Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) spearheaded the meeting with the social corporate partners to further improve the Financial Literacy Training and to support various trainings such as Values Formation Seminars conducted at the different communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) at the OWWA Conference Room on 16 March 2017.

 

She encourages everybody present in the meeting to identify the needs and wants of the OFWs and their dependents to adjust the topics discussed in the conduct of the Financial Literacy at the community level. She challenged the group to plan another approach in teaching them.

 

The Community Based Trainings are part of the Reintegration Program of OWWA, such as: the Financial Literacy, Values Formation Seminar, Livelihood Skills Development Training and Organizational Development Training conducted at the community level. The Financial Literacy Training guides the OFWs and their dependents on how to manage their finances. The Values Formation Seminar contains topics on relevant family/social issues and moral values. The Livelihood Skills Development Training for would be entrepreneurs covers various knowledge and skills in engaging into different entrepreneurial businesses. The Organizational Development Training tackles leadership in strengthening the dynamics of relationships among OFCs in communities.

Director Emma Sinclair spearheads the consultation meeting together with the official representatives of OWWA-social corporate partners.
 

The group discussed the 2016 accomplishments and the 2017 plans  were discussed during the meeting. The RWO-NCR and the social corporate partners agreed that they will work together as one in helping one another to improve the community based trainings conducted at various cities and municipality in NCR. Moreover, the RWO-NCR will ensure that the target number of OFWs and their families will attend the organized seminars or orientation. On the other hand, the social corporate partners will invite the resource speakers and the financial advisers to guide the attendees in managing their finances.

 

Mr. Jerwin Agarao from BPI shared their good practice in conducting the Financial Literacy Training by emphasizing that, “It depends on the life stage of the OFW, if he/she is a beginner OFW diyan pumapasok yung basic savings. Now if sila ay medyo experienced na more on sa investment na ang dini discuss namin and if nasa retiring stage na sila doon na papasok yung preparation for retirement kaya iba-iba yung topic depende sa life stage.”

 

The Social Corporate Partners actively participating and supporting the OWWA Programs and Services to OFW Family Circles are: Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Duty Free, Metrobank, Banco de Oro (BDO) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

 
From L to R: Francis Felipe Tolentino, Raymond Maglalang and Jazmine Dabu of Metrobank, Wilmer Mapa of Duty Free, Jerwin Agarao of BPI, OWWA-RWO NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair, Reintegration Unit Head Zandro Almendrala, Program Services Division Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, Atty. Sylvette Sybico of SSS, Vohn Villar of BDO and Doris Tan of LBP.

National Capital Region
EDLP Applicants Attends Orientation on Putting Up a Water Refilling Station Business

15 OFW-applicants of the Enterprise Development Loan Program (EDLP) attended the business immersion in water refilling station organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Office Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) with Anjumay Philippines Inc. at San Andres Bukid, Manila on 29 March 2017. The business immersion is to help interested loan borrowers to gain knowledge and appreciate the management of a water refilling station.

 

Mr. Manuel Jutiz, Sales and Marketing Manager of Anjumay Philippines Inc., discussed the advantages of having a water refilling station as a business. He emphasized that, “Water is a necessity kung kaya’t lahat ng tao ay customer mo mayaman man o mahirap. Hindi rin seasonal itong business na ito dahil kailangan mo ng tubig sa buong taon.”  He also encouraged the OFW-applicants not to be scared of starting their own business. He said to the participants, “Lakas ng loob ang kailangan sa pagnenegosyo. Masusing pag-aaral at paghahanda sa sarili ang kailangan kasi lahat ng negosyo ay dumadaan sa ups and downs. Hindi lahat ng business ay lumalago agad. Kailangan maging matiyaga ka.”

From L to R: The applicants of the EDLP being toured around the warehouse of the Fujiwater Refilling Station Business; The actual visit to the Money Tree Refilling Station, one of the successful water refilling station business; and Mr. Ricky Guanzon, owner of the Money Tree Refilling Station, sharing his success story to the OFW-applicants.
 

The OFW-applicants were brought to the warehouse of Fujiwater to see the actual machine/equipment used for the water refilling station business. They were also taught on the different parts of the machines and how to use them properly. After the lecture, they also visited a water refilling station business existing for 4 years located at D. Reyes Street, Zamora, Pasay City.

 

Mr. Ricky Guanzon, owner of the Money Tree refilling station, shared his success story from starting as a small capital delivering only 50 water containers per day to bigger production of 1,000 water containers per day. He inspired the OFW-applicants by saying, “Kailangan lang mag focus at mag tiyaga sa negosyo. Sa umpisa hindi agad mag gro grow ng malaki yan, kailangan mo magsikap. Nasa huli lagi ang nilaga.” He also shared his best practice to motivate his employees, “Bukod sa monthly salary nila nagbibigay din ako ng commission sa kanila depende kung ilang container ang na de deliver nila. Dahil doon, mas nagsisikap sila na makapagdeliver ng tubig at mag promote kaya kahit  mga hindi namin regular na customer sa amin na din nagpapadeliver.”

 

Ms. Catherine Baculbas, one of the applicants of the EDLP, shared her thoughts on the value of attending the business immersion- “Madami akong natutunan sa immersion at dahil doon ay mas lalo pa akong na encourage na ituloy ang pagtatayo ng water refilling station. “

 
Mr. Manuel Jutiz of Anjumary Philippines, Inc. discusses with the EDLP applicants the management of a water refilling station as a business.

RWO XI
Seminar on R.A. 9262 and R.A.7610 conducted to staff and OFCs of RWO XI

Davao City – In line with the celebration of the 107th International Women’s Month, a seminar on R.A. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004) and R.A. 7610 (Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination) was held last March 17, 2017 at the Training Hall of the regional office. A total of twenty-four (24) RWO XI staff and thirty-one selected members of OFW Family Circles in Davao City joined the learning session with Atty. Imelda L. Evangelio, resource person from the Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD).

 

The activity aims to provide the participants with a full understanding on the salient provision of the said laws and heighten their awareness on the current issues besetting women and children.

 

In her discussion on the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act (RA 7610), Atty. Evangelio emphasized that it shall be the policy of the State to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect or will affect their survival and normal development. According to her lecture, some identified forms of child abuse are; psychological and physical abuse, cruelty, physical and psychological injury, neglect, sexual abuse, lascivious conduct, and exploitation. All the participants were also tasked to make a drama presentation on the identified forms of abuse as part of the workshop.

 

A video presentation on the acts of abuse and violence among women and children was likewise presented by Atty. Evangelio. The presentation elicited reactions from some participants who ask clarifications and explanations on the cases of abuse they encountered.

 

To end, OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido expressed his gratitude to all the staff who shared their thoughts and experiences and to all the OFC members who keep on supporting and participating all the activities of OWWA. He likewise said that, the seminar is a timely activity since the region will launch a program for the protection of children left behind by the OFWs.

OWWA-RWO XI staff and some members of the OFW Family Circles in Davao who attended the seminar.
Atty. Imelda L. Evangelio discussed the salient provisions of R.A. 9262 and R.A. 7610
OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido gave his inspirational message to the participants
Some of the OWWA XI staff and OFC members dramatize the forms of child abuse during the workshop.

RWO XI
OWWA-RWO XI joins Araw ng Dabaw parade

Davao City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XI (OWWA-RWO XI) headed by its Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido joined the Araw ng Dabaw civic parade last March 16, 2017. The parade was one of the highlights of the city’s annual charter day celebration.

 

Participated by more than 300 contingents from the public and private sectors, the parade started at the Freedom Park end at the Rizal Park of the city. With this year’s theme “Stand Tall. United. Resilient”, the celebration is an occasion of assessing and demonstrating Davao City’s capacity for growth and progress along economic, industrial, social and cultural endeavors. It is also a celebration of unity among Dabawenyos to face challenges and adversities and determined to survive and overcome every trial.

 

The regional office’ participation to the 80th Araw ng Dabaw manifested a strong support and collaboration with the city government of Davao. The city has constant coordination with the OWWA regional office in addressing welfare concerns of OFW constituents thru the City Mayor’s Office.

 

Some scholars under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) also joined the parade.

OWWA-RWO XI staff headed by Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido with some of the scholars under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP) during the civic parade.

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM holds film viewing activity for OFW women

COTABATO CITY – To motivate and empower OFW women, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) organized a film viewing activity that features and tackles women empowerment, gender equality, and issues confronting women in the marginalized and vulnerable sectors presenting the agencies Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy.

 

The activity as part of the 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration was held at OWWA-ARMM Regional Welfare Office on March 10 & 17, 2017.

 

The activity featured a short film dubbed as “Kwentong OFW: Saki si Fatima” (OFW Stories: I am Fatima).

 

The film tells the story of Fatima, a young woman from Maguindanao in the Philippines who motivated by family needs chooses to leave her home to work as a domestic worker abroad. The video focuses on her decision-making process and provides tips on how to migrate safely.

 

The activity also featured short films entitled “The Empowerment of Women: IMAGINE I Am, I Can”, “Violence against Women throughout the Life Cycle”, “We can be Violence-Free #endVAWph”, “Gender Equality Now”, “Educate a girl and she will change the world”, “Mom”, and other inspirational clips for women.

Video clips of the short film “Kwentong OFW: Saki si Fatima” (OFW Stories: I am Fatima).
Video clips of short films during the film viewing activity on March 10 & 17.

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM empowers women through fitness

COTABATO CITY – Aligned with the 2017 Women’s Month celebration under the Gender and Development (GAD) advocacies of the agency, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted Zumba Fitness activity today, March 31, 2017 at Mall of Alnor Annex, Cotabato City.

 

A total of seventy nine (79) Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families from the city and neighboring municipalities of Maguindanao joined the activity with the theme “#StrongWomenInspireAndEmpower and #EmpowerWomenThroughFitness”.

 

OWWA-ARMM Officer-in-Charge Odin T. Abdula said that the program aims to empower and promote a healthy lifestyle to OFW women and their families.

 

Reynaldo “Dodong” A. Racman, Dance Instructor of Cotabato Dance Center led the zumba exercises.

 

“I believe that empowering women translates into stronger families and stronger communities,” he said.

Cordillera Administrative Region
CARE LAWIN ASSISTANCE REACHES OUT TO SICK CLAIMANT IN APAYAO

Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents need not worry because even if they are away from their families, they can always count on the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to come to their aid.

 

During the fourth release of Lawin financial assistance for Apayao last March 13-17, 2017, one sick claimant requested her check to be delivered at home. Hence the OWWA Team headed by Ms. Dina C. Ponciano, OWWO III, Ms. Liezl T. Felix and Ms. Remedios C. Caceres, Family Welfare Officers together with PESO and Migrants Desk Officer Miralyn Cascayan of LGU Flora, Apayao granted the request in the full service to the OFWs. They personally visited Mrs. Serafina Baloaloa Malda, a senior citizen and mother of OFW Rufina Baloaloa Malda, a household service worker in Hong Kong.

 

The claimant has suffered stroke which prevented her to walk on her own. OWWA’s vision to serve the interest and welfare of its member OFWs and dependents truly lived its purpose delivering its services with a heart.

From left: Ms. Miralyn Cascayan, Liezl T. Felix & Mrs. Serafina Malda
Ms. Liezl T. Felix and Mrs. Serafina Malda receiving the check for CARE-Lawin

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