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OWWA 7 holds a Personality Assessment for OWWA Cebu Province Scholars

As part of the scholars’ learning support mechanism, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office 7 conducted a half-day Personality Assessment: A Scholar’s Guide for OWWA Scholars in Cebu Province last October 16, 2016 at the OWWA 7 Seminar Room.


A total of 31 OWWA scholars attended the said seminar. The gathering was done to help the scholars understand their strengths and weaknesses both as an individual and as a group. The seminar was also an avenue for the scholars to share their positive and negative experiences in the pursuance of their dreams. Likewise, the meeting served as an opportunity for the OWWA scholars under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP), and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) to build relationship with their fellow scholars.


In his welcome address, OWWO III and EDSP in charge Romyl Cabillo said that the seminar will also help the scholars to improve their weaknesses.


“This is an avenue for you to grow as a person, a scholar, a child of an OFW, and even a good citizen of the country,” he said.


Cabillo also encouraged the scholars to be active and involved in OWWA’s future meetings and activities which will be spearheaded by their organization.


Reeman Clyde Mañacap, a former OWWA EDSP scholar, gave a casual discussion to the scholars on what it means to be an OWWA scholar.


Reeman, being a cum laude graduate, gave tips to the scholars on how to survive the pressures in college.


As a registered psychometrician, Reeman also let the scholars try the DOPE 4 Personality Test to further help them in their character development.


“As students, you are destined for great things; but as OWWA scholars, you have the power to take charge of your destiny,” he said.


As the seminar comes to an end, Juan Miguel Villamil, former president of the OWWA 7 Scholars’ organization, took over the election of officers for the academic year 2016-2017.


Garnering the majority of votes, Glee Ann Españo is the newly elected president of the said organization. The scholars also elected representatives per each school.


After the elections, the incumbent newly elected officers and the members discussed about their upcoming events and team building activities of the organization.

Former OWWA Scholar Reeman Clyde Mañacap shares his tips in surviving college during the Personality Development Seminar of OWWA Cebu Province scholars last October 16, 2016.
Former OWWA Scholar Reeman Clyde Mañacap administers the DOPE 4 Personality Test to OWWA Cebu Province Scholars last October 16, 2016.
OWWA 7 EDSP in charge Romyl Cabillo (left) and OFWDSP in charge Rudilyn Gimena (right) posed with the OWWA Cebu Province scholars during the Personality Development Seminar last October 16, 2016 at the OWWA Seminar Room.


OWWA 7 Scholar to Compete for the World Robot Olympiad 2016

A death of a father triggers a profound type of grief; but this did not stop a son from pursuing his dream to represent the country in an international Robotics competition.


It has been three years since a family bonding turned into a tragedy ending the life of Brian Baran’s OFW father Salvador.


“Nashock ko unya dili ko katuo, galibog kung unsay buhaton or bation,” Brian said. (I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it and I don’t know what to do or feel.)


Brian’s mom Joycee Baran did not know what to do since Salvador was the breadwinner of the family. Upon the loss of her husband, Joycee is left with her two children Brian, and Mary Rose Joyce.


“Wala ko kasabot kay family bonding unta to nag-snorkeling lang siya ug kalit lang nilutaw,” she said. (I don’t understand what happened since it was a family bonding, he went snorkeling and suddenly we saw him floating.)


Brian is currently a Grade 10 student of Science and Technology Education Center High School in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. He is also a scholar of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) under the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program for Dependents of Deceased OFWs.


Meanwhile, Brian’s mother sells snacks at a school canteen. Mrs. Baran is also relying on the P7, 000 monthly pension to pay for her family’s bills.


Despite the hardships, Brian held his head up and continued to study well. During the first grading period for this school year, Brian was one of the Top 10 students of his class. He also got an award last grading period for having a perfect attendance. Brian is also active in other school activities.


“Akong greatest inspiration ka yang akong pamilya, akong dream kay dagko akong grades para makakuha ko’g nindot nga trabaho ug nindot nga sweldo para maka-help sa akong family,” Brian said. (My greatest inspiration is my family. My dream is to get good grades for me to land a great job to help my family.)


Last September 6 to 9, Brian and his teammates attended the 15th Philippine Robotics Olympiad held at SM North EDSA. Brian’s team bagged 5th place in the Robot Soccer Category and is qualified to represent the Philippines in the World Robot Olympiad which will happen in New Delhi, India this November 24-29, 2016.


“Nalipay ko at first kay wala man mi nasulod sa elimination round bale wild card mi,” he said. (I was happy because we got accepted as a wild card contender.)


Moreover, Brian said that he felt pressured throughout the national competition because most teams were coming from different prestigious high schools in the country.


“I just want to thank everybody for everything, words are definitely not enough,” he said.


Brian shared that his interest in robotics started after he was taught how to make a program. He said that he finds it fun to apply knowledge being taught in school.


Contrary to his favorite hobby, Brian wanted to pursue a degree in Linguistics in college.

Brian Baran (second from the left), his teammates, and his coach posed together with the representatives of the organizing committee during the 15th Philippine Robotics Olympiad held at SM North EDSA.

On being an OWWA Scholar


Brian said that he thanks OWWA for helping him out financially.


"Nakatabang jud ang OWWA nako financially, makapalit nako’g books ug dili nako maglisod kay sige ra’g panghulam,” he said. (OWWA helped me financially. I don’t borrow books anymore.)


He also admitted that being an OWWA scholar helped him to study well and to maintain his grades.


Moreover, he encouraged his fellow students to work hard.


“Padayon lang sa pagpaningkamot, after sa kangit-ngit naa man jud nay light,” he said. (Continue to work hard because there will always be light after the darkness.)

Brian posed together with his mother Joycee, his late father Salvador, and his sister Mary Rose Joyce.


Sports Fest Kick Off Ceremony

Koronadal City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XII participated in the kick-off ceremony of the quarter-long celebration of the DOLE RCC Sports Festival, 2016.  The said activity was spearheaded by its attached agencies last October 14, 2016 held at DOLE Region XII Compound.


The DOLE RCC Sports Festival is a friendly match between employees of the Department of Labor and Employment XII and its attached agencies in line with the celebration of its 83rd founding anniversary.


OWWA XII belongs to Team Attached Agencies or Team AA as they call themselves along with other agencies namely Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Regional Tripartite and Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB) and National Legal and Reconciliation Commission (NLRC).

OWWA XII Team in their Sports uniform

The kick-off ceremony was also witnessed by DOLE XII employees, The Green Team, and the employees from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Blue team. The opening program highlights the ceremonial lightning of the torch and the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship. Furthermore, it also showcased the presentation of various teams rehearsed weeks ago to show dedication and eagerness to be called “champions” in this year’s RCC Sports Festival.


The three teams will compete for these games: Basketball (Men and Women), Volleyball (Men, Women and Mixed) and Darts. The game schedules will be announced every after game as it will follow round-robin system. The awarding ceremony is expected to take place on December 8, 2016 during the closing ceremony.

DOLE RCC XII- (NCMB, NLRC, OWWA, RTWPB, POEA, TESDA, DOLE and Labor Union) Regional Heads as Team Leaders Initiated the Ceremonial Flying of colors and Lighting of the Sports Festival Urn.

Officer In Charge, Marlyn E. Jamero encouraged her staff to join in various events of the Sports Festival, saying “This is our simple way of developing bond and solidarity with our partner agencies that help us promote and protect the welfare of our Modern Heroes, the OFWs.”

Committee on Labor, Employment & Human Resource Development Committee on Foreign Relations holds Legislative Hearing

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo and Chief of Programs and Services Odin T. Abdula, together with the other members of the Committee on Labor and Employment attended and actively participated in the hearing on October 4, 2016 at Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) Building, ORG Compound, Cotabato City.


The Committee Members of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development Chairman Hanibal H. Tulawie and Members of the Committee on Foreign Relations held a legislative hearing to discuss the rampant issuance of altered birth certificates to minors from the ARMM and to asses/evaluate the situation of our fellow ARMM Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).


During the hearing, proposed resolutions were introduced. Proposed Resolution No. 13, entitled: “A resolution directing the committee on justice to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the rampant issuance of altered birth certificates to minors from the ARMM who are supposedly applying for passports in order to apply to work abroad, with end in view of identifying system loopholes and recommending reforms in the issuance and authentication process of related requirements in applying for passports in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).”


Second, Proposed Resolution No. 25 entitled: “A resolution urging the regional government through the office of the regional governor to assess and evaluate the situation of our ARMM Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and provide measures for assistance and support thereof.”


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director said that OWWA addressed the plight of OFWs in KSA through the Relief Assistance Program (RAP).


RAP is a crisis intervention program consists of a one-time grant of financial assistance provided to the affected OFWs to help them and their families cope with economic and social adjustments.


“As of 3 October 2016, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-ARMM) assisted a total of 92 OFWs and their families affected by financial difficulties in 9 big firms in Kingdom Saudi Arabia. The figures include OFWs already repatriated and the stranded OFWs’ families in the Philippines,” Director Crisostomo said.


“OWWA has always been true to its mandate, primarily in protecting and promoting the well-being and delivering welfare services and benefits to all OFW members. We encourage OFWs to update and renew their membership with OWWA because when worst comes to worst, they can avail of OWWA’s programs.” she added.


Vice-Chair Irene P. Tillah, RLA Assemblywoman stressed the need of cooperation of the different LGU’s, government entities and other private agencies to address the concerns on the plight of the OFWs and to minimize victims of illegal recruitment.


RLA Assemblywoman Pearl Joy Piang urged the committee to advocate more an intensive information drive of the programs and services of their agencies.


The hearing also discussed the possible establishment of Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in ARMM which is essential to the fulfillment and equality of employment opportunities.

Celebrating Academic Achievement: OWWA-ARMM ODSP Scholar Graduated with Latin Honors

COTABATO CITY – Adnan A. Nasalin, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduated  Cum Laude award during the 7th Commencement Exercises of Hardam Furigay Colleges Foundation, Inc., Basilan on April 15, 2016.


Adnan is a recipient of the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP). He is the son of Mr. Jahar A. Nasalin and Mrs. Saripa A. Nasalin from Bato, Lamitan City, Basilan. His sister, OFW Husna A. Nasalin works as a Household Service Worker (HSW) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which qualified Adnan to avail of the Agency’s educational assistance program.


Adnan expressed his sincere thanks to everyone who supported him throughout his journey.


“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to you, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration of ARMM for accepting me as one of your scholars. Truly, the scholarship is a great help to me in order to pursue my dreams. You are one of my heroes; OFWs are heroes, “Bagong Bayani ng Pilipinas”. Our sacrifices are nothing compare to them.


In addition, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to my two OFW sisters who toiled hard so I can finish my studies.  The honor I received is not just for me, it’s for all of us. May you continue to bestow, help and motivate the youth of ARMM in pursuing their studies.


Thank you OWWA-ARMM and I am proud to be a scholar!”


Adnan never gave up in achieving his goal of finishing his studies. His perseverance and persistence finally paid off.


“We at OWWA are as proud as Nasalin’s parents. He responded really well to the challenge to become the best in his field of specialization. Indeed, his achievements are both remarkable and inspiring,” Director Crisostomo said.

OWWA 7 Distributed Starter Kits to OFW-Returnees

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office 7 distributed livelihood starter kits to ten OFW-returnees last October 7, 2016 at the OWWA Seminar Room.


The livelihood starter kits will be used for food-related ventures of the OFW returnees. “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay” is a one-time-availment, non-cash, livelihood assistance to returning OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to wars/political conflicts in their host countries, or were maltreated, or victimized by human trafficking.


Meat Processing Training


OWWA 7 , in coordination with the Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) of the Cebu City government, conducted a two-day skills training on meat processing for OFW-returnees last August 20-21 at the DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, F. Ramos St., Cebu City.


The training was tied with the “Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay!” Program of OWWA which gives livelihood assistance intended to provide immediate relief to both returning active or non-active OFW members who were displaced from their jobs due to wars or political conflicts in host countries, policy reforms, controls and changes by the host government, illegal recruitment, human trafficking and other distressful situations.


In her message, OWWA 7 Officer-in-Charge Mae D. Codilla extended her high hopes to the OFW-returnees with their small-scale business. She also advised the participants to have determination and hard work to attain success. 


Eleven OFW-returnees, who wished to be reintegrated here and stay for good, joined the meat processing training. Throughout the course of the training, the participants were able to learn the methods on how to make processed meat such as siomai and embotido on the first day; and skinless longganisa and puto cheese on the following day.


DMDP culinary trainers Luzviminda Gomonit and Jovita Laude gave actual demonstrations and lectures on how to prepare, cook, and pack the processed meat. The participants were also given free aprons and hairnets courtesy of the Gaisano Group of Companies.

The OFW participants proudly display their outputs with OWWA 7 welfare officer Dineza Espejo (rightmost), and culinary trainers Luzviminda Gomonit (leftmost) and Jovita Laude (fifth from the left) during the skills training last August 20-21, 2016 at the DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.
OWWA 7 Officer-in-Charge Mae Codilla delivers her welcome address during the meat processing skills training at DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.
DMDP culinary trainer Luzviminda Gomonit gives an actual demonstration on how to make siomai last August 20 at the DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.
OFW-returnees actively participate on their actual demonstration during their skills training on meat processing last August 20-21 at DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.
OFW-returnees happily present their finished output (siomai) during their skills training on meat processing last August 20-21 at DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.
A sample finished products made by the participants of the skills training on meat processing at DMDP Training Room, Ramos Public Market, Cebu City.
OWWA- RWO 7 Officer-in-Charge Mae D. Codilla (right) and Overseas Workers Welfare Office II Dineza Espejo (left) posed with the first batch of OFW returnees during the turnover of the livelihood starter kits last October 7, 2016 at OWWA-RWO 7 Seminar Room.


OWWA 7 Joins the Launching of the One-Stop Services Center for OFWs

For the ease and convenience of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 7, in coordination with other agencies involved in migration,  launched the One-Stop Services Center for OFWs (OSSCO) last October 7 at the second floor of SM City Cebu.


As one of the agencies of the OSSCO, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office 7 will facilitate OWWA membership processing and accommodate queries on other programs and services.


In his speech, DOLE 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga said that the launching of the OSSCO is an immediate response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching order for all regions to establish a one-stop shop that will house all government services.


“President Duterte intended to streamline government services for OFWs in every region in his first 100 days in office. Other regions already have opened their One-Stop Services Center,” he said.


President Duterte asked the labor department to implement the setting up of OSSCOs in every region.


The 352-square meter center at the second floor of SM City Cebu houses 16 different government agencies that offer the necessary government services for people seeking to work abroad.


Services offered can be transacted through these agencies and can be delivered within 72 hours.


Meanwhile, OWWA is available for membership processing and program inquiries from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from Monday to Saturday.


On the other hand, Apostleship of the Sea Cebu chaplain Rev. Fr. John C. Mission officiated the blessing of the OSSCO.

Overseas Workers Welfare Officer IV Ofelia Maloloy-on happily serves an OFW dependent during the launching of the One-Stop Services Center for OFWs at the second floor of SM City Cebu last October 7, 2016.
A one stop service center for overseas Filipino workers opens at the 2nd level of SM City Cebu last October 9, 2016. Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Deputy Administrator Amuertina R. Reyes (in brown) leads the ribbon cutting ceremony. With her are the representatives of the 16 participating agencies including OWWA 7 Officer-in-Charge Mae D. Codilla (third from the right).


Memorandum of Understanding One Stop Service Center for OFWs

KORONADAL CITY - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII enters into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Local Government of the City of Koronadal, and the Department of Labor and Employment along with nine (9) government agencies for the establishment of the One Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) today, October 24, 2016 at the City Hall Ground floor lobby, City of Koronadal.


The OSSCO MOU-Signing Ceremony was spearheaded by Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office XII (DOLE XII) and participated by different government agencies,  The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA),Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA), Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Maritime Industry Authority (MarInA), Home Development and Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-Ibig), Philippine Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).


In line with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the One Stop Shop was established to ensure that all services needed by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are housed in one location for their convenience.

Figure 2. Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel, MD FPSO-HNS together with DOLE XII Regional Director Albert E. Gutib  and various heads of the participating agencies.


DOLE XII Regional Director Albert E. Gutib expressed his gratitude to the City Mayor Peter B. Miguel,M.D FPSO-HNS for taking part and welcoming the DOLE XII Family, along with other agencies involved in migration.  He  said “Ginagawa po natin ito para sa ating mga kababayan na maka tipid dahil ang serbisyo ay nandito na po sa iisang lugar, nandito na po sa LGU Koronadal”. Director Gutib added. “Sana po ay matugunan natin ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga OFWs at maiwasan po na sila ay mabiktima ng Illegal recruitment at Human trafficking”.


The launching of the OSSCO will be on November 7, 2016 at the fourth floor of the City Hall of Koronadal wherein all the services by the partner agencies will be offered at hand to the OFWs.


Mayor Peter B. Miguel, M.D FPSO-HNS responded, “This is the moment that we really cooperate especially to the administration of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. We want him to succeed and of course, his vision is very important to us. We have to really work with him while he is sewing the direction, we do the action.”


This is another milestone for Region XII as it continues to acknowledge the needs of the people especially the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers.


OWWA RWO IV-A takes pride at OFW DAINE I and II Association, an OFW Family Circle (OFC), for its recent launch of “Gulayan Project” in Indang, Cavite. It was spearheaded by no less than its President Mr. Teodorico P. Pagkaliwangan in partnership with Philippine Coconut Authority’s KAANIB Program.


The establishment of OFW Daine I and II, as an OFC, is a RWO IV-A’s long tradition of formally organizing active and returned OFWs as coherent development force in the community. All its programs and projects are fully supported by this office.


“Gulayan Project” aims not only to win citation for greener environment in their community but also to address the common issue of the need for self-reliance and sufficiency of green produce facing.


With an initial lot area of 2 hectares, the OFC looks forward to diversify into more agricultural-based program by planting vegetables like; string beans (sitaw), bitter gourd (ampalaya), tomatoes (kamatis), eggplant (talong) and chili pepper (sili).  


As an additional good news, OFW Daine I and II Association was chosen as one of the 30 participants who will compete in Brgy. Gulayan Project in the field of agriculture in CALABARZON region. It is envisioned that their participation in this contest will reap benefit for all its members and will make them more conscious of the economic benefit and relevance of greening the environment.


During the past couple of months, a total of 409 OFWs and their families were given basic orientation on OFW Enterprise Development Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) by OWWA Regional Welfare Office (RWO) IV-A. The said EDLP orientation was conducted during the Financial Literacy seminar held on 27 September, 15 October and 22 October at Brgy. Quisao, Pililia Rizal, Tanauan City, Batangas and Brgy Sabang, Ibaan, Batangas, respectively, in collaboration with Metrobank and the LGUs.


Ms. Emily Millanes, Senior Manager, Remittance Service Department of Metrobank facilitated the training on Financial Literacy using the bank’s module on Savings and Money Management while RWO IV-A lectures on EDLP were delivered by its respective provincial Family Welfare Officers (FWOs).


The OFW-EDLP aims to help OFWs and their families in the establishment of viable business enterprise that will provide them with steady income stream and create employment opportunities in their community. Financial Literacy is about sustaining and safeguarding meager earnings for sound money management to address the challenges of saving cash in facing economic difficulties for the future. Likewise, it is a tool to reduce the value of possible financial meltdown for struggling families.


“If you could get the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”