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OWWA-ARMM, in partnership with DTI-XII Negosyo Center, Conducts Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT)

COTABATO CITY – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry XII through Negosyo Center, Cotabato City conducted a 2-day Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) last October 26-27, 2016 at DTI XII – Negosyo Center, Cotabato City.


The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado and DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya last 6 September 2016 formalizes the partnership of OWWA and DTI to jointly conduct developmental trainings under OWWA’s Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) and other related activities.


EEDT is the business development intervention of OWWA for OFWs who intend to venture into micro, small and medium enterprises. It includes business planning and project-specific skills orientation to equip OFWs with the necessary knowledge and skills in pursuing their intended business.


Twenty seven (27) OFWs/families attended and actively participated during the conduct of the said training. They may avail of the loan amounting to Php 300,000.00 up to 2 Million Pesos under the OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).



Medical Dental Mission Pigcawayan

KORONADAL CITY- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII joined the Medical-Dental Outreach Program spearheaded by the Federation of OFW Family Circles in Pigcawayan in partnership with its Local Government Unit, Provincial Government of North Cotabato and 34th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army on October 27, 2016.


The free medical and dental services was availed by one hundred nineteen (119) locals of the Baranggay Kimarayag, Pigcawayan North Cotabato.  Three (3) medical doctors, four (4) dentists, five (5) nurses, four (4) midwives and twenty-four (24) army staff from Provincial and Municipal Health Office.  They rendered free consultation, free haircut, circumcision and free tooth extraction. Medicines and vitamins were given after the consultation which were donated by Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza.


The Medical-Dental Outreach Program also includes "Operation Tuli" and "Libreng Gupit" both performed by trained personnel from the Philippine Army. Mr. Norman K. Armada, the Provincial Coordinator of Community Outreach Programs from the Governor's office, said "This is a very good way of giving easy and fast access to the programs and services of the Government. Especially, it's an initiative of OFW Organizations. Its really great!"


This worthwhile event is the realization of the federation's plan for this year, under the supervision of the Public OFW Desk Officer (PODO) of Pigcawayan, Ms. Beverly P. Yu, MPA. According to Yu, the initiative of conducting such activity came from the OFCs during one of their monthly meetings earlier this year after their training on the Anti-Smoking Campaign of the Department of Health. "This is only the beginning of our plans for the betterment of the OFWs in Pigcawayan. We are very confident that our plans will be carried out because OWWA thru our Family Welfare Officer and PODO Office thru Ma'am Beverly have been very accommodating with our requests." said by OFC Federation President, Mr. Pedel H. Tanoja.


OIC-Regional Director Marlyn E. Jamero despite being absent in the event due to equally important commitment in Kidapawan City extended her salutation to the OFC Federation of Pigcawayan for organizing another meaningful activity as an organization.

Figure 1 OFC Federation Officers of Pigcawayan together with the Phil. Army and the Medical Dental Team

OWWA Prepares OFC Group for All Saints Day with Candle-Making Training

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently held a training on candle-making for the St. Joseph Movement for Migrants & their Families (SJMMF) in anticipation the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day.


Held last October 28, 2016, thirty-nine (39) members from the said OFW Family Circle participated in the one-day workshop that took place at St. Joseph Parish, Pototan.


Mr. Elias Ledesma, the president of SJMMF, said the members requested the training because candle-making is not capital- and labor-intensive and can be started with very little start-up fund.

Mrs. Ma. Lida Libiano, the Punong Barangay of Brgy. Salacay, Cabatuan, conducted the candle-making training for SJMMF members.

Annual Learning Support Mechanism for OWWA Scholars

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently conducted its annual Learning Support Mechanism activity for scholars from the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP).


Thirty (30) scholars taking up tertiary education courses attended the said activity held last October 25, 2016 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.


Mr. Darius E. Montaño, a Guidance Counselor II at the Northern Antique Vocational School and the resource person, led the students in discussing relevant topics like peer pressure, bullying, and teen-aged pregnancies.



City of San Fernando Pampanga - OWWA RWO3 adopts the “Green Our DOLE Program” (GODP) as part of its corporate social responsibility in pursuing green initiatives in the workplace.


Last October 28, 2016, RWO3 officers and staff headed by Dir. Malou V. Reyes, planted a variety of vegetables in the hallway of the office building. Plant seedlings included eggplant, ampalaya, okra, pechay, patola, mustard, cucumber, tomatoes and chili peppers. The employees will tend the garden and grow their own vegetables.


Ornamental plants were also placed inside the workplace not only for aesthetic purpose, but also to promote clean and fresh air and increase humidity level inside the office thus eliminating buildup of static electricity.


The GODP project of OWWA RWO3 aims to create a sustainable garden using organic methods, improve employee’s eating habits and diet, as well as reduce the environmental impact as backyard organic gardening eases air and water pollution.


The officers and staff all had fun doing their share to plant their own vegetable garden and looks forward to harvesting their first produce.

40 OFWs Receives Livelihood Assistance from OWWA

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) has granted “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay” livelihood assistance to forty (40) distressed/displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region last October 27, 2016 at D&M Restaurant, Cotabato City.


Majority of the distressed OFW-beneficiaries were females who worked as household service workers.


Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) is a one-time-availment, non-cash, livelihood assistance given to returning OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to wars/political conflicts in their host countries, and also those who were maltreated or victimized by human trafficking.


The assistance consists of a two (2)-day techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial development training and livelihood starter kits worth Php 10,000.00 that will aid the beneficiaries towards self-employment.


Most of the recipients ventured into rice-trading business.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo congratulated all the BPBH OFW-beneficiaries as well as expressed her hopes that the program would usher a fresh start.

Datu Rajah O. Sinuat III, Machine Operator from KSA ventured into soda-trading.


Ivisan OFC members receive Training on Fish Processing from OWWA

As part of its mission to help OFW communities in the region to start their home-based livelihood projects, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI conducted a Training on Fish Processing for the Arriba Ivisan OFW Family Chapter in Ivisan, Capiz.


Select members from the organization joined the one-day training, where they learned the proper techniques on making processed food products like fish sausages, fish bangus relleno, tilapia and tuna nuggets, and bangus sardines.


Ms. Faith Aragon, the trainer for the workshop and one of the group’s members, said they requested the training so they could learn skills that would help them earn extra income that would supplement the earnings made by their OFW breadwinners.

OWWA Consults with Recruitment Agencies in Ilocos, Cordillera to Strengthen PDOS in La Union

In its mandate to promote and protect the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has met with Licensed Recruitment Agencies (LRAs) in Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to forge stronger partnership among these OFW stakeholders.


The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has gathered 36 LRAs for a consultative meeting on October 13, 2016 at the Max’s Restaurant, City of San Fernando, La Union. A total of 57 participants attended in the meeting.


The meeting aimed to consult with the LRAs with common issues their deployed workers face, and how these private deployment companies handle said situations.


The LRAs carry the responsibility in ensuring the safety of their deployed officers for the entire duration of their employment contract. Some workers, however, become unsuccessful in their stint abroad due to culture shock, homesickness, work distress and other welfare issues.


These conditions are what the OWWA Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) aims to address. While the PDOS is available in various regional offices nationwide, most OFWs attend the PDOS in Metro Manila.


Hence, the RWOI also encouraged the stronger participation of LRAs in the PDOS in Region 1, to cut expenses and effort for the ready-to-leave workers.


Conducted every Tuesday, the PDOS in OWWA RWOI serves to cater for the convenience of the workers from the Ilocos and Cordillera regions, and other nearby areas. The LRAs were asked to actively refer their workers to the PDOS in San Fernando City, La Union, which the RWOI offers for free.


In 2015, the RWOI facilitated the PDOS of 513 OFWs, 252 of them were referred by LRAs.


The RWOI also recognized three LRAs for their active referrals of workers to the Region 1 PDOS. These are the Concorde International Human Resource Corporation, DA Rodrigo International Inc., and Faasi International Corporation.


The LRAs were also oriented on the updates on recruitment regulations set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), presented by Atty. Hernando B. Reyes, Director II of the POEA.


Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, RWOI OIC for Programs and Services, expressed gratitude to the LRAs for their participation. “We in the government and you, the private sectors, should work together to ensure the success of every OFW, which should be everyone’s ultimate mission,” he said.


The OWWA RWOI, led by Ms. Marivic Mondina, SAO and Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, OIC PSD (seated, 4th-5th from left) met with 43 representatives of Licensed Recruitment Agencies in Ilocos and Cordillera region during a consultative meeting to foster stronger partnership among the OFW stakeholders.

OFW of Agusan del Sur (AgSur) Receives Livelihood Starter Kit

Butuan City, October 17- Notwithstanding the distance, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga delivered a livelihood starter kit worth P10,000 to Mr. Florentino Bahan, Jr. of Brgy. Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur.


Ms. Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling, OIC-Programs and Services Division and Mr. Ronilo Maningo, Family Welfare officer of Agusan del Sur, deliver the same to our dear OFW. During Bahan’s application for the program, he proposed vegetable trading as his venture since he has an existing “sari-sari” store. It was discovered however that transportation and minimal supply of vegetables were among the challenges in their place that Bahan thought it would be impossible for the business to materialize. However, with optimism, he still pursued the proposal. According to him, through the help of “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program” (BPBH) of OWWA, an opportunity was opened for him to request an ample amount of vegetables. In apparent awe, he added how grateful and happy he was to be among the OFWs who received the starter kit knowing that it was delivered despite the distance of their place from the city.


As of the month of September alone, Bahan was the eighth recipient who was granted a livelihood starter kit under the BPBH Program. The program was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning for our Filipino Migrant workers whose overseas employment did not provide a greener pasture.

Mr. Bahan poses with Ms. Cambaling, the OIC-PSD, during the handing of the vegetables


OWWA-XIII EDSP Scholar - Now a Licensed MedicalTechnologist

After graduating from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) as Magna Cum Laude, the OWWA- Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) recipient, Princess Juneire M. Peligro, passed the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination held on August 27-28, 2016. She finally took her oath as a Licensed Medical Technologist last October 7, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.


When asked about the first thing in mind after knowing that she passed the board, in euphoria she just uttered “Wow! Professional nako!” (Wow! I am now a professional!). She felt proud that she is now a licensed but practice would come later as she is a freshman in the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.  “Mag-Medicine gyud ko!” (I will pursue Medicine!), she firmly added.


Princess noted that having a very supportive family is the one of the key factors in passing the board and being a doctor. When asked about her current studies, she admitted that her chosen field is not a walk-in-the-park. She added that she’s been vulnerable at times that she want to give up but her family’s unyielding support inspires her.

Princess flashes a smile for a pose holding her certificate and PRC license.

“I really don’t want to be defined as somebody who just have good grades. I want to grow as a person; to be mentally and emotionally healthy. Having good grades is useless if you’re not happy with what you are doing. To other EDSP scholars out there, always be mindful of your responsibilities. A scholarship is there to help you grow not the other way around. Don’t let yourself just focus in making good grades, also focus on being a person with a good heart” said Princess in local dialect.