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The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration held Capability Building Program to staff of Public OFW Desk Officers (PODOs) last March 16-17, 2017 at London Beach Resort, Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City.


A total of Thirty-Two (32) PODO staff attended the two-day training conducted by the Civil Service Commission XII. Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero believes that equally important undertakings must be given to them in order to enhance their service as front liners in the absence of their respective Public OFW Desk Officers.


Group Discussions, individual sharing, reporting and lectures are some of the methodologies used by the facilitators. All these were actively participated by the participants.

PODO staff discussing among their selves the topic assigned to them.

The two-day training aims to encourage all government employees to improve customer responsiveness, develop customer-oriented culture within the agency, and arouse understanding in the significance of service excellence.


"Napakahalaga po ng mga ganitong training lalo na at karamihan sa amin ay bago pa lang sa Government Service at wala pang masyadong kaalaman sa tamang pakikitungo sa mga kliyente.", said Ms. Anna Mae S. Escondida, PODO staff – LGU Pigcawayan.

Female employees of OWWA XII and participants proudly show off their red roses.

Furthermore, in line with the celebration of the International Women’s Month, the male employees of OWWA – Programs and Services Division serenaded and offered roses to female participants during the training.


The Basic Customer Service Skills Seminar is the first Capability Building Program of OWWA XII for the year 2017. Another Capability Building Program for partners in the ground is set to be conducted on May 2017.

Mr. Ernel B. Posadas, OWWA staff (leftmost) with his group mates delivering their yell at the start of the activity.

Cordillera Administrative Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Cordillera Region (OWWA-CAR) through its Family Welfare Officer in Ifugao awarded the amount of P120,000.00 on March 14, 2017 for the Death and Burial benefit to the family of deceased OFW Mario Sernadilla Guico in Lamut, Ifugao.  Said assistance is being given by the OWWA to beneficiaries of deceased OFWs who have active membership status at the time of death under its Social Benefits Program. 


OFW Guico worked as a Driver in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for six (6) years but because of kidney problem he was repatriated back to the Philippines on May 2016 to undergo medication. Unfortunately, he succumbed to death on December 26, 2016 while his OWWA membership coverage was still active.  He left behind an unemployed wife with two minor children with nobody to support their financial and educational needs.


In addition, the OWWA under its Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) also extended scholarship assistance to Rechellen Nel Peralta, the youngest child of the deceased OFW.  Rechellen who is presently enrolled as a second year high school student will receive P8,000.00 annual financial assistance under the ELAP scholarship of OWWA.  The financial assistance will increase to P10,000 per annum once she will be at the college level until she graduate provided she will maintain a passing grade.


Mrs. Glenda M. Guico will also be given an additional capital for her rice farming for the purchase of fertilizer and insecticide amounting to P15,000.00 upon completion of the necessary documentation. The livelihood assistance component of the ELAP is given to the surviving legal heir of the deceased OFW for the family to be able to start or expand an existing livelihood project which will augment family income.

At the center is Mrs. Guico receiving her check and from R-L former Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Rudy Dulnuan, MSWDO of Lamut – Juanita Puguon, Migrants Desk Officer- Mr. Reynaldo Nalliw, and OWWA FWO Flor
Scholar Rechellen Nel Peralta, signing her scholarship agreement under ELAP Educational Component 


A vision of expanded   entrepeneurship inspired Mr. Teddy Cabagag from his work aboard an-ocean going vessel.  He dreamth of a fairy-tale like story that can be read on books only but is nevertheless worth  listening to because they featured a real couple that lives happily ever after.


Mr. Teddy Cabagag is a bona-fide seafarer.  His story began when he became a blessed beneficiary of OWWA’s Reintegration Program in 2011 through a grant of One Million Two Hundred Thousand (Php 1,200,000) loan from Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).  He, together with his wife Meriam, invested the money to finance their beverage wholesaling business which they started in 2011. And from a minimum of three (3) workers, he now has seven (7) personnel and is still counting.


Mr. Cabagag has been a seafarer since 2000.  While at sea, they thought of further augmenting family’s income to support their two children, they ventured the beverage wholesaling business through the above grant.  And not long after, they were able to buy several pieces of real property within their community and in their province, as a sign of prosperity.


However, Mr. Cabagbag and wife’s success does not come that easy. It is Meriam’s perseverance, strong will, determination, and firm faith in God which enabled them to multiply their monthly sales to Php 200,000 (or an increase of nearly 25% from previous level).


What is most amazing about their story is that while Mr. Cabagbag is still plying the rough seas, they were able to fully pay, this January 2017, their loan balance at LBP. As their blessings did not stop there, the couple were  not only able to send their children to school  but they were also able to adopt three children from family friends who needs their help most.


“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa OWWA, dahil po sa kanilang programa, nabigyan po kami ng pagkakataon na makatulong sa pamilya at makaahon sa hirap ng buhay.”, a beaming and a grateful message from Mr. Cabagbag’s wife.

OWWA partners with Capiz State University for provision of ICT training to OFC groups

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Capiz State University allowing the agency to conduct basic Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills by using the school as a venue.


The MOA’s targeted beneficiaries are the local OFW Family Circle (OFC) groups affiliated with the said university.


The ICT training program provides OFWs and their families with training and access to technology intended to bridge the communication gap between the OFW and to also upgrade their IT skills.

OWWA RWO 6 joins Guimbal Jobs Fair

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 recently went to the Guimbal Central Elementary School to participate at the On-Campus Job Fair last April 2, 2017.


Sponsored by the Local Government Unit of Guimbal under 1st District Representative Oscar “Richard” Garin, the day-long event drew hundreds of jobseekers.


Other agencies that participated were the Department of Labor and Employment, Public Employment Service Office, and several local and foreign recruitment agencies.

OWWA-ARMM conducts 3-day training on Basic Cosmetology

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducts a 3-day Basic Cosmetology Training on March 28-30, 2017 at OWWA-ARMM Training Center, Cotabato City.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said that the purpose of this activity is to equip OFWs and further improve their skills and competencies and help them to a fresh start and shape them a better future.


“The training dubbed as “Ganda mo, Kinabukasan ko!” aims to give our OFWs added skills which they can use when they are deployed abroad and also to earn income here in their home town,” Director Crisostomo added.


The resource person of the said training was Mr. Elden L. Lopena, NC II holder in Hairdressing (with Cosmetology) and Senior Stylist of the Elden’s Top Touch Salon, Cotabato City.


During the 3-day course, participants were trained with basic techniques on hair cutting, hair styling, hair curling, hair treatment, hair coloring, basic make-up, and manicure and pedicure.

(Elden L. Lopena during the lecture on basic facial structure)
(Lecture on the order and make-up application)
(The participants during their hands-on on hair cutting)
(Lecture and Hands-on on hair curling)
(Lecture on hair treatment and coloring)
(Lecture on manicure and pedicure)
(The participants during their hands-on on manicure, pedicure and nail polish application)

OWWA CARE Program distributes P15M to 6k OFW, dependents in Ilocos Norte

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has distributed a total of P15, 249,000 to around 6, 378 on overseas Filipino workers and their dependents in Ilocos Norte, through the OWWA Cash Relief (OWWA CARE) Program.


The OWWA CARE Program is a one-time cash assistance to OFW-members and their dependents who have been directly affected by the super typhoon “Lawin” in Ilocos Norte, one of the provinces placed under Signal No. 5 when the typhoon hit the country late last year.


During the last tranche of processing and payout on March 13-28, 2017, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has reached out to 1,174 beneficiaries, who shared the amount of P2, 713,500 cash relief.


Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Senior Board Matthew Marcos-Manotoc witnessed the processing on March 13, and took part in the ceremonial awarding of cash relief to select beneficiaries. The officials extended their gratitude to the OWWA for its commitment in promoting the welfares of OFWs and their families in Ilocos Norte.


Most of the beneficiaries have come from Batac City, Laoag City and the municipalities of Pasuquin, Pagudpud, Badoc, Pinili, Marcos and Currimao, which were among the hardly-hit areas when the typhoon struck.


The beneficiaries suffered various forms of damages from the typhoon, such as damaged houses and washed-out agricultural crops. Most of whom were residents in coastal and riverbank communities in Ilocos Norte.

A total of 6,378 OFWs and dependents in Ilocos Norte benefited from the OWWA CARE Program, which disbursed a total amount of P15,249,000. Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos and Board Member Matthew Marcos-Manotoc extended their gratitude to the OWWA for its help to their OFW constituencies.
The OWWA RWOI team headed by OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta Jr. was in full force in facilitating the cash relief to beneficiaries in Ilocos Norte for the OWWA CARE Program, a one-time cash assistance to OFW-members and their dependents who have been directly affected by the super typhoon “Lawin”.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has distributed a total of P15, 249,000 to around 6, 378 on overseas Filipino workers and their dependents in Ilocos Norte, through the OWWA Cash Relief (OWWA CARE) Program.


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration conducted an Organizational Diagnosis (OD) to its three organizations in Western and Eastern Samar namely: San Fernando OFWs and Dependents Association (SFODA), Amandayehan OFWs and Beneficiaries Association (AMOBA) and Orasanon OFW and Family Members Association (OOFMA).


The OD was conducted last February 23, 2017 in Brgy. San Fernando and Brgy. Amandayehan, Basey, Samar and last March 16, 2017 in Oras, Eastern Samar.


The event was attended by twenty-three (23) and fifteen (15) from Brgy. San Fernando and Brgy. Amandayehan respectively and twenty-six (26) from Oras, Eastern Samar.


During the OD in SFODA, concerns such as monthly meetings of the organization, their constitution and by-laws and the inactivity of other members were discussed. It was agreed that the organization will hold its monthly meeting every first Saturday of the month and they intended to accomplish their Constitution and by-laws as soon as possible.


The organization also set activities for the first quarter including backyard/community gardening and are also planning to apply for the free IT Training offered by the agency. 


On the other hand the AMODA planned to have an orientation on Rabies Awareness and were also interested in availing the IT Training as part of their activities for the first semester.


Moreover, during the OD in Oras, Eastern Samar, OOFMA re-elected new set of officers for their organization, President: Vivian T. Borac, Vice-President: Daisy Susma, Secretary: Esmeralda Norombaba, Treasurer: Judy Menguillo, Auditor: Bernadette Adina, P.I.O.: Ladylyn Dulfo and Krisme Arca, Book-keeper: Abegail Maiso.


Family Welfare Officers Jenelyn P. Gacus and Jessabel A. Lucinario conducted said activities.

Miss Jessabel Lucinario facilitating the open forum during her OD in Eastern Samar
Photo op after the successful Organizational Diagnosis with Orasanon OFW and Family Members Association


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office VIII joined the second founding anniversary of Javier Overseas Workers and Beneficiaries Association (JAOWBA) and conducted Information Caravan on Membership Promotion and Reintegration Program last March 22, 2017 at the Municipal Gym of Javier Leyte. The event was participated by one hundred fifty-six (156) members of JAOWBA.


Family Welfare Officer Ms. Jessabel A. Lucinario explained the advantages and emphasized how beneficial it is to the OFWs and their beneficiaries if they are OWWA members. She also encouraged them to avail of the programs and services highlighting the reintegration program. Together with the OIC, Regional Director Ms. Mary Catherine O. Pastor they answered queries and concerns regarding death benefits and other OWWA programs during the open forum.


Ms. Catherine Doblon of National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) Region 8 also graced the occasion and conducted orientation on its programs and services.

The officers of JAOWBA with OIC, Regional Director Mary Catherine O. Pastor (center) FWO Jessabel Lucinario (4th from left) and Ms. Catherine Doblon, NRCO Regional Coordinator (4th from right)
Members of Javier Overseas Workers and Beneficiaries Association


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration –Regional Welfare Office VIII (OWWA RWO 8) conducted a series of Financial Literacy and Values Re-orientation to the different OFW Family Circles (OFCs) around the region. Family Welfare Officer Rodah A. Cerna conducted the seminars to Abuyog OFWs and Beneficiaries Association (AOBA), Cabalianon OFWs and Families Association (COFA) and to Tomas OPPUs OFWs and Families Association (TOOFA). The seminars were conducted last March 15, 16, 2 22, 2017 respectively and were attended by thirty (30) members from AOBA and COFA and thirty-two (32) members from TOOFA.


The same seminars were also conducted by Family Welfare Officer Jessabel A. Lucinario and Jenelyn P. Gacus to the OFCs in Eastern Samar and Western Samar. Miss Lucinario conducted the seminar last March 17, 2017 to Can-avid OFWs and Beneficiaries Association and Miss Gacus conducted the same to BL OFWs and Beneficiaries Organization and FERREDOC OFW Organization in Marabut, Samar.


The seminars were intended to help the family members of OFWs to be self-reliant and to help them maximize the resources that they receive from their family abroad and assisting them coped up with the changes that they will be facing and will continue to face whilst their loved-ones is working outside the country.


During the open forum, the Cabalianon OFWs and Families Association expressed their interest in putting-up an agri-business for their association. Abuyog OFWs and Beneficiaries on the other hand wished to have a techno-transfer training for their members and requested for an orientation about Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) – the enhanced loan facility of the agency.

Participants of the financial literacy seminar with FWO Jessabel Lucinario (seated right) and FWO Angelo Remandaban (seated left) after the conduct of the FLS and VRS
Participants attentively listening to one of the member sharing her ideas about financial literacy.