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OWWA Releases Financial Assistance to Earthquake Victims in SDN Town

June 13 – Seventy-five (75) more victims of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake from Surigao del Norte received the cash relief (Care) Assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

A total of Php 187,500.00 cash assistance were released from May 20 up to June 10, 2017. Ten (10) of which came from the municipality of Sison totaling to Php 28,500.00 and sixty-five (65) from Surigao City totaling 159,000.00.

The Cash Relief (CARE) Program is a one-time financial assistance extended to aid OWWA member families affected by the earthquake that struck the province earlier this year.

The agency is rolling out all its means to reach families in the affected municipalities that were hardest hit by the tremor in the province of Surigao Province namely Sison, San Francisco, Mainit, Malimono, and Surigao City.

Applications are gathered at the local PESO Offices in the above-cited municipalities and will be processed in the regional office alone. Said assistance will be released to grantees until the end of July 2017 only.

During the kick-off of the CARE Program on May 14, 2017 at the Provincial Convention Center, more than P500,000.00 was released to about 300 OFW families coming from Surigao City and a few barangays from the municipality of Sison.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is granting financial assistance to tremor victims of Php3,000.00 per family of active OWWA members, and P1,500.00 per family of non-active members of the agency.

The program is pursuant to OWWA Board Resolution No. 006, Series of 2017, a pro-active stance in ensuring the welfare and well-being of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). 

Tuloy-Aral Beneficiary Thank OWWA for the Assistance

Niña May M. Bago is the youngest of the three (3) sisters. Her parents were separated long time ago and she lived with her mother. The one supporting her education was her elder sister, Menchie who previously worked in Qatar and is now in Dubai as clerk. Her mother is unemployed and their daily subsistence depends largely on the remittances of her sister.


Niña enrolled BS Electro-Mechanical Technology at Mindanao University of Science and Technology now University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City. In 2011, during her 2nd year in college, tropical depression “Sendong” submerged Cagayan de Oro City and her family saw the devastation of their small house including their belongings. OWWA-10 conducted profiling to those who are affected for extending possible assistance and her family was considered. She was included as beneficiary for the Tuloy-Aral Program. Through the facilitation of former Welfare Officer Leonor Mabagal of POLO-Greece, Alassia Newships Management Inc. became her sponsor and extend financial assistance until she graduated last March 2016.


Presently, Niña is working as a Safety Officer at Fresh Fruit Ingredients Inc. in Medina, Misamis Oriental. Niña extends her grateful appreciation to the generosity of Alassia Newships through the assistance she received in her schooling. She also thanked OWWA for coming-up with this kind of program that benefited the families of less fortunate OFWs.


OWWA RWO Caraga sends Augmentation Team to Cagayan de Oro

June 13 - Four personnel from the Overseas Workers Administration Regional Welfare Office Caraga headed by Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid were sent to Cagayan de Oro City last June 5-11, 2017 to help in the expeditious release of Cash Relief Assistance to OFW Families displaced by the crisis in the City of Marawi.

“Our RWO 10 database registered a total of 1,418 OWWA members, both active and inactive.  We were told that from the time the fighting among the government troops and the ‘maute’ group began,   chaotic situation engulfed the area and residents left their homes sans their belongings and valuables.  Thus, we are ready to give cash assistance to help them in the financial aspect relative to their needs especially food and other basic essentials,” the OWWA Chief Hans Leo Cacdac said.
Active OWWA members will receive P3,000.00 each; while non-active  OWWA members shall get P1,500.00 each.

OWWA Region X is still continuing the processing of the remaining and new applications at the Northern Mindanao Regional Office located at 2nd Flr. Trinidad Bldg. Corrales, Yacapin St., Cagayan de Oro City and at the Department of Labor and Employment Office in Iligan City.

The financial aid for displaced OFWs, the OWWA head added, is pursuant to OWWA Board Resolution No. 07, Series of 2017, under OWWA’s Welfare Assistance Program (WAP).

OWWA Region 10 conducts info-campaign on Education for Development Scholarship Program (ODSP)

Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer III and Focal Person of the Degree Granting Scholarship Program was the guest of the “Birada Morning Program” of Mellow Touch 95.7FM last May 25, 2017 anchored by one of veteran radio broadcaster in Cagayan de Oro, Ronnie M. Waniwan. Mr. Mesias discussed the newly amended guidelines of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) effective SY2017-18 and 2018-19. The enhanced guideline of EDSP includes the increased of scholarship slot for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) from 200 slots to 400 slots and allocation of 6 scholarship slots to those who are already in college (2nd yr to 5th yr) per province covered by Region 10.


The EDSP is a scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA members who shall enroll or is currently enrolled in any four-year or five-year baccalaureate course in any college or university. A financial assistance of Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php60,000) per year shall be provided to the scholar. Eligible applicants must be a child of married OFWs or sibling of a single OFW or childless married OFWs. For incoming first year the applicant must be single, not more than 21 years of a  ge, Grade 12 graduating student, with a GWA of 80% and above and belongs to the upper 20% of the graduating class and belongs to the top 400 qualifiers of national qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology. For those who are already in college, an applicant must be single, not more than 30 years old and with a GWA not lower than B letter grade or 85% equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load.


Filing of EDSP applications for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) start this June 2017 and for those in college is on first come first serve basis.




OWWA RWO-10 holds Scholars Summer Camp cum Conference and Learning Session

Last May 3-5, 2017, twenty-nine (29) scholars attended the Summer Camp cum Conference and Learning Session held at the Demiren Hotel, Tiano St., Cagayan de Oro City. The two and half day live-in activity has the following objectives as follows: Discuss sexuality as an important component of one’s personality; determine the factors that affects one’s attitudes and practices related to sexuality and assess personal  attitudes that may influence sexual behavior; define what is gender and its concepts; appreciate the importance of dating and courtship in choosing ideal partner in life; identify programs and services and intervention of Government towards the protection of children of OFWs left behind; and gain knowledge on the salient features of RA9262. Topics on human sexuality, gender, courtship, marriage and family life were discussed by Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, OWWO III and Ms. Eunecie D. Rugay, Family Welfare Officer respectively. The scholars were also get acquainted on the Programs and Interventions provided for the children of OFWs by Ms. Marylou L. Aniñon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Field Office No. 10 while Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Edwardsam  A. Eullaran of the Cagayan de Oro City Prosecutor’s Office discussed the legal aspect in pursuing cases against violators. Similarly, he also tackles on Etiquettes in Social Media, Cybercrime – Penalty and Prevention.


Aside from the learning sessions, a sports-feast held at Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center and showcase of talents among the scholars highlighted the event. 




OWWA RWO-10 joins International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

OWWA Region-10 joins the International 34th AIDS Candlelight Memorial last May 14, 2017 at the Activity Center, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. Hundreds of participants coming from different sectoral groups to include the academe, youth, health-advocate and some government agencies also attended the event. The program started with a Holy Mass afterwards the ceremonial lighting of candles in commemoration to those who died inflicted with AIDS as well as a show of support to those persons living with HIV, and concerned advocate groups who worked tirelessly for the education and awareness and provision of care and treatment.


One of the highlights of the program was the testimony of a person living with HIV. The testimony seeks to reduce the stigma as well as a sort of information-dissemination and awareness to the gravity of the problem. It also aims to encourage persons who have risky behaviors to have tested with HIV and avail of the treatment offered by the government health institutions and non-government organizations.


Since its inception in 2010, OWWA-10 has been part of this worthwhile endeavor. OWWA is one of the member age ncies of the Misamis Oriental – Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network, (MOCAN) a coalition of government and non-government organizations working for various HIV-AIDS related causes in Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao.



OWWA-ARMM launches Training Center to strengthen services to OFWs

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) formally launches the OWWA-ARMM Training Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families on May 26, 2017.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo welcomed all the guests and participants.


OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac personally graced the occasion. According to Admin Cacdac, it is essential to have a training center in every region in order for OFWs and families can fully utilize and avail of the programs and services offered by OWWA.


Kaugnay ito ng pagbibigay serbisyo ng OWWA patungkol sa welfare at kapakanan ng mga OFWs at kanilang pamilya. Napakahalaga ng pagbibigay ng impormasyon, kakayahan at pangkabuhayan sa mga pamilya ng OFWs at sa mga OFWs mismo,” Admin Cacdac said.


Ang pinakadahilan kaya nangingibang bayan ang isang OFW ay para umunlad ang kabuhayan niya at ng kanyang pamilya. Kaya itong Training Center na ito ay kaakibat ng mga pangarap at ambisyon ng isang OFW,” Admin Cacdac added.


During the program, OWWA gave financial assistance and death/burial benefits to the families of OFWs who died while working abroad.


OWWA also granted financial assistance to the family of OFW Fahima Alagasi who was earlier abused by her employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Nangako ako sa pamilya na tutulongan natin ang mga anak at tutulongan natin ng walang patid ang kanilang pamilya,” Admin Cacdac said.


(From L-R) OWWA XII Chief of PSD Christelyn R. Caceres; OWWA-ARMM Chief of PSD Odin T. Abdula; OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo; OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac; DOLE-ARMM Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Cadir; OWWA-ROCS Director Benny I. Reyes; together with the families of OFWs granted with financial assistance.


OWWA-ARMM Family together with OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, OWWA-ROCS Director Benny I. Reyes, and DOLE-ARMM Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Cadir.


OWWA opens college scholarship for 2nd to 5th year OFW dependents

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) now accepts application for the scholarship program for overseas Filipino workers’ dependents who are currently enrolled in college.


The Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) has been expanded to include admission of OFW legal dependents are now in their second to fifth year in college.


The scholarship program provides P60,000 financial assistance to qualified OFW legal dependents, who should be a child of a married OFW-member; or sibling of a single or childless OFW-member. The OFW should also be an active OWWA member. If membership is expired, it should be within the six-month extension period.


The applicant should have a general weighted average not lower than B letter grade or 85 per cent equivalence in all subjects in the last school year attended in full load.


Only six scholarship slots per province are available. Hence, interested qualified applicants are advised to submit their application the soonest, as acceptance and admission is on a ‘first-come, first-served basis.’


Basic documentary requirements include accomplished application form; 2x2 identification picture; birth certificate authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority; duly-authenticated certificate of grades in the last school year; and proof of OWWA membership of the OFW-member.


For inquiries, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I may be reached at 0908 863 4300 / 0908 863 4250 / 09727 620 7300, or email at



ZAMBOANGA CITY –On June 6, 2017 the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX (OWWA RWO-IX) rendered airport to seaport assistance to OFW Dayang Dayang Arwida Arubin who suffered from Central Cord Syndrome. Central cord syndrome is an acute cervical spinal cord injury characterized by motor impairment in both upper and lower limb, variable degree of sensory loss below the level of injury and usually results in greater weakness in arms and legs.


OWWA Programs and Services Division Head Angeles C. Engalla and Labor Communication Officer Fatima Jane G. Salihuddin transported OFW Arubin and her sister who is also an OFW Dayang Arkreza Aubin from Zamboanga International Airport to the wharf where they took a ship to Jolo, Sulu.


PSD Head Engalla advised them to visit the OWWA focal person at DOLE-Jolo, Sulu to avail the services for them such as the KSA-Amnesty Program and Welfare Assistance Program (WAP). KSA Amnesty Program is available to (1) Residents iqama expired on or before March 19, 2017; (2) Workers with work permit but no iqama ID card; (3) Runaway workers reported as such on or before March 19, 2017; (4)Umrah and Haj overstayer (pilgrimage) without Haj permit; (5)Pilgrims without Haj permit; and (6) Infiltrators’ crossing Saudi borders. WAP on the other hand, is an assistance extended to OWWA members, active or non-active, and/or their families who are not eligible under any existing OWWA regular social benefit programs and services.


“Salamat po talaga Ma’am sa tulong ninyo, salamat sa tulong ng OWWA” were the words of the Arubin sisters before PSD Head Engalla and LCO Salihuddin left them aboard M/V Maria Rebecca Montenegro.

PSD Head Engalla together with the Arubin sisters at Zamboanga International Airport
PSD Head Engalla assisting the Arubin sisters to get a ticket to board MV Maria Rebecca Montenegro

PSD Head Engalla and LCO Salihuddin at Zamboanga City Wharf


Region 1 OFW leaders uphold team spirit

Leaders of various overseas Filipino workers’ family circles (OFCs) in Region 1 have gathered for a two-day training which aimed to strengthen their ties as OFW groups, which are partners of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the grassroots.


Around 63 OFC leaders in Region 1 took part of the team-building activity on May 30-31, 2107 at the Kabaleyan Cove Resort, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. The activity centered on the theme, “promoting theme dynamics towards the attainment of organizational goals and objectives of the new OFC leaders in Region 1.”


Total of 20 OFC leaders have come from Pangasinan; 16 from La Union, 12 from Ilocos Sur, and 15 from Ilocos Norte.


Serving as learning service provider was Mr. Allen Jeffrey O. Saraza, a renowned leadership speaker and a psychology instructor at the De La Salle University. In his talks, Saraza imparted lessons on team dynamics, group communication, and strategic planning, which were processed through games, group activities and lectures.


The OFC leaders have also elected their new set of officers for the OFC Regional Council. Elected as president is Edna Valdez, while the rest of the officers are: Flordeliza Aceret, vice president; Eliza Acena, secretary; Evelyn Basconcillo, assistant secretary; Vicky Briones, treasurer; Dolores Cortes, assistant treasurer; Esmeraldo Agustin and Lenilda Raguindin, auditors; Lilia Pitt and Evelyn Dulay, business managers; Carmencita Viray, and Ma. Corazon Palomares, peace officers; Rommel Ulep, Lilybeth Rambaud, Celia Pamilteng, and Virginia Estepa, PROs; and, Edward Operaña, Virginia Rancapero, Erlinda Gampayon, and Jocelyn Llarenas, board of directors.


The new officers are set to take their oath on June 8, in the celebration of the 2017 Migrant Workers Day, in the City of San Fernando, La Union.


The activity was also witnessed by the Department of Labor and Employment Central Pangasinan Field Office led by its chief, Engracio Bailon, Provincial Government of Pangasinan, represented by Provincial PESO staff Christopher Dioquino; City Government of San Carlos represented by PESO manager Reynaldo Dela Cruz; and the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) led by OIC PSD Marivic L. Mondina.

OFC leaders pose for posterity as they cap the two-day team building activity on May 30-31, 2017 at the Kabaleyan Cove Resort, San Carlos City, Pangasinan.

A total of 63 OFC leaders participated in the team-building activity, facilitated for them by the OWWA RWOI. 

Mr. Allen Jeffrey O. Saraza (upper left) employed various learning techniques such as games, group activities and lectures to illustrate lessons on team dynamics, group communication, and strategic planning.
The OFC leaders’ speed, endurance and agility were also tested in this game called blanket volleyball.