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OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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



Butuan City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and Landbank of the Philippines, conducted three sessions of Phase 1 Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on May 5, 2017 in Agusan del Sur; on May 17, 2017 in the Province of Dinagat Island and another one on May 22 at OWWA Regional Office, this city.


OWWA currently implements the Enterprise Development and Loan Program, formerly known as 2 Billion OFW-Reintegration Program, under its Family Support and Reintegration Services, a loan facility which is intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families.


“This program aims to provide assistance among active and returning OFWs in order to improve their socio-economic well-being and their reintegration in the mainstream society and aid them in starting off and expanding income generating livelihood which promotes productivity and self-reliance,” bared Jean Mary Ronquillo-Ladion, OWWO II and in-charge of the EDLP.


With its revamped design, the agency made sure that the orientation will be easily accessible to the interested OFWs through its mobilization. The first of the three was conducted at Brgy. 5, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur with fifty-six (56) attendees from around the province, while Twenty-three (23) OFWs and dependents from the provinces of Dinagat, San Jose and Cagdianao joined during the phase 1 of EDLP held at DTI Negosyo Center in the Province of Dinagat Island. To cater to the OFWs living in Agusan del Norte and those who failed to attend in the previous sessions, another orientation was held at OWWA Training Hall at the Regional Office with sixty-six (66) loan applicants from all over Caraga.


The first phase of EDLP includes program orientation, financial literacy and personal entrepreneurial assessment. The phase intends to present and clarify among the participants the program scheme and availment procedure.


OFW loan applicants must complete a Program Orientation and Business Appreciation Course, an Enhanced Entrepreneurship Development Training (EEDT) conducted by the agency alongside DTI and LBP. After completing phase 1, interested applicants will then undergo an Entrepreneurship Training and Business Immersion and Business Plan Workshop.


The enhanced loan facility provides a minimum of Php 100,000.00 and a maximum of Php 2,000,000.00 for individual borrowers and from Php 100,000.00 to Php 5,000,000.00 for group loan borrowers at an annual interest of 7.5% for the entire duration of the loan.

Davao Region to celebrate 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day

Davao City – All is set for the region’s celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day on June 7, 2017. With this year’s theme: “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs”, the event will be held at the Kadayawan Hall, NCCC Mall, Mac Arthur Highway, Maa, Davao City  from 12:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. The celebration is in pursuant to R.A .8042 otherwise known as Magna Carta for OFWs which was enacted June 7, 1995 and was recently amended by virtue of R.A. 10022 declaring every 7th day of June as the Migrant Workers’ Day which aims to recognize the immense contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the national economy.

In line with this objective, the regional office resolves to undertake various activities to honor and empower our migrant workers. One of the highlights of the program is the awarding and recognition of Outstanding PESO Managers of the entire Davao Region for the unwavering support in the promotion of OWWA programs and services through various empowering initiatives for the OFWs and their families,

Recognition awards shall likewise be given to outstanding OWWA Scholars,  Outstanding OFW Family Circle (OFC), and Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship. Grantees of OWWA’s Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program will also be awarded with livelihood starter kits during the program.

Free medical check-up and medicines from PNP-PRO XI will be provided to all participants who want to avail themselves of the services. Free head and back massage will also be available courtesy of the certified massage therapists of Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty and Wellness.

Likewise, various products of the OFW Family Circles will be displayed at the trade fair area while cash prizes and gift items await the winners of the raffle draw.

On the other hand, partner government agencies like POEA, DSWD, DTI, TESDA, NBI, PHILHEALTH, Pag-IBIG and SSS will provide substantial information on its various programs and services.

A modest attendance of eight hundred (800) OFWs and their families who are either members of the OFW Family Circles or permanently returned Migrant Workers in Davao region will join the event.

Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, 3rd District Councilor Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes, and DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante are expected to grace the event.

This year’s celebration is made possible through OWWA’s social partners: NCCC Mall Davao, Land Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Paramount General Insurance Corp., Pag-IBIG Fund, PNP-PRO XI, and Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty.

OWWA extends financial assistance to OFW injured in hacking incident

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extended financial assistance of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P 50,000.00) to Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing, 26 years old, with three kids who was badly injured in a hacking incident at Greenhills, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.


Lenie Tacpan, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in KSA, as per her statement, went home for a vacation. According to her, she requested her live-in partner, the father of her three children whom she has long been separated, to bring his parents to her parent’s house to finally settle the issue of separation. Early morning of March 10, 2017, her partner entered the house unnoticed, went up stairs and using a Bolo, began to hack Lenie who was then sound asleep next to her sister. Their father who came to rescue was hacked as well. They were rushed to the hospital but Lenie got the fatal blow.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo personally visited Lenie in the hospital and coordinated with DSWD-ARMM to provide a psycho-social intervention to Lenie and to her children who witnessed the bloody incident. 

OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing
Visit to OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing at
Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Cotabato City.


Crab Fattening and Production Training Given to Marihatag OFWs

Responsive to the needs of the OFWs and their dependents especially those from the outskirts of the region, OWWA alongside the Local Government Unit of Surigao del Sur and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-SDS carried out a two-day Crab Fattening Production to Marihatag OFW and Dependents Association on May 16-17, 2017.


Some thirty-five (35) OFWs and dependents of the Marihatag OFW Family Circle (OFC) attended in the Crab Fattening Training that the organization specifically requested for.


Through the initiative of the members of the OFC, they were provided a portion of a mangrove area situated in the said municipality to cultivate and raise the mangrove crabs in.


On the first day, resource speaker Ian Batitang of BFAR- Surigao del Sur introduced all the basic features of the mangrove/ mud crabs. Batitang discussed the mud crab biology, its life cycle and feeding habits. He also lectured on the salient features of a mud crab, as well as the species viable for commercial cultivation.


Furthermore, the BFAR representative introduced the growing of the crabs in mangrove pens up to the fattening process in plastic containers. The harvesting process and marketing strategies were also provided to the trainees to aid them in the future.


During the second day, the participants went for an ocular visit of the project’s proposed area at Brgy. Pagbahanan I, Marihatag.  The area was inspected as well to check whether the PH is at a suitable level, that the shade is sufficient enough, and that the distance is convenient enough for the OFW would-be crab raisers. The site have passed the checklist of BFAR and is found suitable for the project.


The program aims to provide relevant livelihood training that will enable the OFW Family Circles to generate livelihood and aid in their economic well-being.







Zamboanga City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) facilitated the travel of the two children of the late OFW Jakatia M. Pawa namely Hadisza Pawa Alama and Amenchadrha Pawa Alama to visit her grave in Kuwait. The Pawa children last saw their mother in October last year while she was still in prison.


Jakatia M. Pawa is an OFW who was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death in 2010 by the Kuwait’s Court of Cassation, the highest court in the Middle East emirate.  After OFW Pawa’s execution last January 25, 2017, she was given a decent burial by Kuwait religious clergies in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions at Sulaibikhat Cemetery.


As per OWWA Board Resolution No. 003 Series of 2017, OWWA did not only grant educational and livelihood assistance to the Pawa children, they were also awarded a one-time return ticket to Kuwait to visit the grave of their mother, so on May 23, 2017, the Pawa children assisted by OWWA Regional Welfare Office IX Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain traveled to Kuwait.


On May 24, 2017 they paid a courtesy call to the Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa at Kuwait where they also met other Philippine Embassy and POLO Officials like Ustadz Nabil, Philippine Embassy Interpreter, Labor Attache Alejandro A. Padaen, Welfare Officer Nestor P. Burayag and several Filipino community Leaders in Kuwait.


On May 25, 2017, Director Jumdain and the two children of the late OFW Pawa proceeded to Sulaibikhat Cemetery, Al Asimah, Kuwait which is 25-30 minute drive from Philippine Embassy. Hadisza and Amenchadra were somber as they walked slowly towards their mother’s grave. “Jakatia is still a huge part of her children’s everyday life and always will be. It was tragic that she isn’t here anymore to see her children go to college, get a job or get married”, says Satria Pawa, the wife of Col. Angaris Pawa who was also present during the visit.   


It has been a rough start of the year 2017 for the children of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa, but Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain and OWWA in general has no doubt been extending assistance and helping them cope with the untimely death of their mother. 

(L-R) The children of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa: Amenchadrha Pawa Alama and Hadisza Pawa Alama


(L-R) Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, OWWA RWO-IX Regional Director; Amenchadrha Pawa Alama (son of Jakatia Pawa; Hadisza Pawa Alama (daughter of Jakatia Pawa); Satria Pawa (wife of Col. Angaris Pawa, brother of Jakatia Pawa)


The grave of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa at Sulaibhikat Cemetery, Kuwait.


Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, Amenchadrha and Hadisza Pawa Alama, Satria Pawa together with Ambassodor Renato Villa and other Philippine Embassy officials in Kuwait.


Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, the PAWA children, Philippine Embassy interpreter Ustadz Nabil, Ambassador Renato Villa, LabAtt Alejandro A. Padaen, Welfare Officer Nestor P. Burayag, and other Philippine Embassy and POLO Officials 


Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, the Pawa children, Ambassador Renato Villa and Filipino Community Leaders in Kuwait


OWWA Computer Literacy Reaches 3 OFCs in Bukidnon

Last April 18-20, Regional Office 10 in partnership with the Department of Education – Bukidnon Division reached three (3) OFW Family Circles (OFCs)  in the Province of Bukidnon to extend OWWA’s services to among 25 participants held at Valencia National High School, Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Among the 3 OFCs were: Brgy. Colonia OFW and Beneficiaries Association, OFW Valencia City, Inc., and Migrants Ministry – Brgy. Dologon Chapter.


It is the goal of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to introduce computer literacy program not just to enhance knowledge and skills but bridge the communication gap between the OFWs and their dependents, hence promoting harmonious relationships among OFW families. Moreover, computer literacy nowadays is indeed essential in business and education, as well as for personal use.


Participants were able to familiarize with office programs, such as Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation and Internet Knowledge which used to be the standard skills set for most business operations.


Computer literacy has also a value in other areas of life outside of professional development. It is helpful for researching important topics or personal concerns and even in properly using computers and navigate the digital terrain that helps to make life organized and streamlined.


In this era, mobile media devices are becoming increasingly popular, reinforcing the need for computer illiterates to consider taking a skill course. Computers have changed almost every facet of daily life. Thus, gaining computer literacy helps one to prepare for the future.


Further, OWWA continues information drive on the salient features of R.A. 7610 otherwise known as Children’s Protection and the other related Laws Against Child Abuse on that same 2-day training and seminar.


It shall be the policy of the State to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect and or will affect their survival and normal development and over which they have no control.


Yvonne Sapanta, Registered Social Worker of City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD)- Valencia City, Bukidnon tackled in her talk the best interests of children as the paramount consideration in all actions concerning them, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions consistent with the principle of First Call for Children as enunciated in the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. And that every effort shall be exerted to promote the welfare of children and enhance their opportunities for a useful and happy life.


Thus, it is OWWA’s mandate to be a welfare institution to promote the protection of rights of the children of the member OFWs.

OWWA Conducts Self-Assessment and Personality Development Seminar with Learning Session on Children’s Protection at Jasaan MisOr

Addressing the mandate to be of service among OFWs’ dependents and children, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Office 10 conducted a seminar on Self-assessment and Personality Development Seminar with Learning Session on Children’s Protection to twenty six (26) youth of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental held at the Jampason Beach Resort, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental last April 26 and 27, 2017.


Jasaan Peso Manager together with his staff, Perseverando D. Macabasa, welcomed the participants and expressed how the local government unit of Jasaan appreciates the continued partnership and efforts with OWWA in delivering its programs and services for OFWs’ dependents particularly their children.

(Top photo) OIC-Regional Director, Leonor C. Mabagal welcomes the children of OFWs in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental for the Self-Assessment and Personality Development Seminar held at Jampason Resort, Jasaan Misamis Oriental last April 26 and 27, 2017. Meanwhile,  (below photo) Jasaan PESO Manager Percy Macabasa delivers his appreciation message to a continued partnership the NGA such as OWWA. 


OIC Regional Director Leonor C. Mabagal’s special message reassures OWWA’s support to the OFWs especially to their young dependents in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. “…in fact we have plenty of scholarships that might fit to each dependent…altogether we will reach success, no one will be left behind. Young generation is the hope of the nation, “she says in vernacular. She added that this seminar serves to guide and redirect the young generation in preparation for the future especially taking on leadership and youth empowerment.


Delia Sambaan, former DOLE official, serves as the resource speaker tackling on malasakit and attitude.  These principles in summary make up the importance on self-assessment and personality enhancement. She started off on participants’ individual introduction followed by identifying the coat of arms ----what makes an individual proud, any important achievement, disappointments, what not to give up and any hindrances in academic performance yet despite all trials, what keeps you going.


(Top) OIC-PSD Rhona Z. Fahigal, discusses the seminar’s importance and on financial management. While guest speaker, Delia V. Sambaan, tapped on self-assessment activities and personality development activities. 


On the second day, OWWA OIC on Programs and Services Division, Rhona Z. Fahigal, tackled financial management which is also significant on dependents so they can be reminded on savings especially on remittances by their OFWs and be able to help the family in case they want to venture small-time business to alleviate financial constraints of the family.


Population Commission Officer of LGU Jasaan, Lalaine Bella D. Salcedo, followed the discussion on natural changes that adolescents experience discussing sensitive topics yet age-appropriate. She mentioned that an increase of teenage pregnancy in Jasaan is quite alarming; hence the seminar is a great venue for information dissemination. Brillalyn M. Sibonga, Social Welfare Officer III of DSWD 10, also added discussion on livelihood possibilities for the dependents and availment in other DSWD programs and services.


Finally, Fiscal Ruby T. Malanog of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office broke down the salient points on Republic Act 7610 or the Children’s Protection Program and discussing the anti-child abuse law. She reminded the participants to be vigilant especially with human trafficking and on any other forms of abuses of children in their communities.


The seminar ended with the participants imparting the usefulness of the lessons learned relating to their importance to the society, how to properly manage their finances, how adolescents progress; and what laws protect their rights. They were thankful for the opportunity given to them and giving them importance as children of OFWs. OWWA is delighted to have lent a hand in any way and will continue to provide support to the OFW children. 

Participants during an ice-breaker activity. 
Lalaine Bella D. Salcedo, Population Commission Officer of LGU Jasaan broke laughters in the room as she discusses natural changes adolescents experiences. 
Fiscal Ruby T. Malanog of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office opens up sensitive issues on human trafficking and children pornography for participants to be vigilant of. She also reiterated the issues on not sharing sensitive videos rampant in different social media.
OWWA team and partners together with the OFW dependents of Jasaan Misamis Oriental. 

Cordillera Administrative Region

May 2, 2017 marked the 35th Anniversary of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the primary Agency which provides welfare assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers and their families. OWWA celebrated with the theme “We Serve! We Care!”, in line with  its trademark as a ‘caring agency for OFWs and their families’, a trademark earned through long years of hard work, industry, dedication, and commitment to serve its client OFWs at all times in all corners of the country and the world.  The trademark is a product of long years of ‘rigid training’ and unwritten and true commitment’ to service, the ‘driving force’ that motivates OWWA personnel to render ‘extra miles’ to be of assistance to our OFWs and their families.


The Regional Welfare Office-Cordillera Administrative Region had a simple celebration by giving simple treats to walk-in client OFWs and/ or family members through quality service, sweet smile, and they were served with hot coffee, biscuits, and/or candies.  The partner agencies were also treated to a simple dinner and with simple token of appreciation for their unending support of providing services to OFWs.  Greetings were given by the partner agencies during the program.


In addition, a commendation was awarded to Ms. Dina C. Ponciano, OWWO III of RWO CAR in courageously serving OFW clients even beyond the call of duty during her stint as Administrative Staff in Kuwait involving an attempted abduction of distressed OFW Lolita P.  Eroy.  The incident happened in July 2015 when  Ms. Ponciano put her life on the line just to protect the said OFW which is a proof of her devotion to duty and commitment to public service.

Cordillera Administrative Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Cordillera Administrative Region (OWWA-CAR) participated in the 115th nationwide Labor Day Celebration on May 1, 2017 spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) and the Public Employment Office of the City of Baguio. In line with this year’s theme, “Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan”, a Job and Business Fairs were conducted at the Baguio Convention Center where service clinics of the different government agencies, including OWWA-CAR, were opened to cater to the needs and inquiries of jobseekers.


The jobseekers were likewise treated with a health and wellness center which offered free massage and manicure and pedicure, and free overseas call for OFWs at the Baguio Convention Center. Two hundred three (203) OFWs who are interested in putting up their own business attended business counseling sessions conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry-CAR upon the invitation of OWWA-CAR through the OFW Family Circles (OFCs).


Some of the OWWA-CAR assisted OFW Family Circles in Baguio-Benguet also joined the livelihood fair for Cordillera products which was held simultaneously at the Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road, Baguio City.


OWWA-CAR staff took turned in serving the jobseekers and OFWs who wish to work abroad by presenting the OWWA programs and services which they could avail of should they become member or renew their OWWA membership.