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RWO IX
OWWA RWO-IX RENDERED AIRPORT-SEAPORT ASSISTANCE TO AN INJURED OFW

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

 

RWO X
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.

 

 

 

RWO VI
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: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/downloads-0.

 

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. 

 

RWO X
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. 

 

 

 
 
 

RWO ARMM
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.

 

RWO X
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.

 
 

 

RWO I
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 owwalaunion@yahoo.com

 

RWO VI
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: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/downloads-0.

 

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. 

 

RWO I
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. 

 

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM conducts monitoring activity to strengthen livelihood program

COTABATO CITY – Consistent in the bid to support and strengthen livelihood programs to its client-OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted a monitoring activity to the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) livelihood recipients last April 24-28, 2017.

 

Family Welfare Officer (FWO) Moctar S. Ulama lead the team. They interviewed the recipients to identify the needs of the OFWs and ensure that the agency continuously delivers quality programs and services for them.

 

“Through this monitoring activity, we determine whether the inputs in the projects were well utilized and to identify problems facing the community or project and finding solutions”, Ulama said.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the monitoring provides a means for the agency seeking to learn from their experiences and to incorporate them into policy and practice.

 

Nagpapasalamat po ako sa OWWA dahil hindi talaga nila kami pinapapabayaan. Nagpapasalamat din po ako dahil patuloy pa rin ang mga programang katulad nito na napakalaking tulong sa aming mga OFW”, one of the beneficiaries said.

 

Thus, OWWA-ARMM continues to seek prospective partners to provide the agency’s livelihood programs a wider range of opportunity that could best meet the needs and interests of their clients. 

 

 

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