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OWWA Caraga Migrant Workers Day: A Huge Success

The 22nd Migrant Workers Day for Caraga Region was celebrated by six hundred and fifty two participants composed of the migrant workers or OFWs, their families and relatives, government and social partners, service providers, recruitment agencies, and as well as the working force at the Claver Municipal Multi-purpose Convention Hall on July 13, 2017, Tuesday.


OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in his message, emphasized how the agency continually develops and enhances its programs and services to meet the needs of its member OFWs, both active and inactive. “Dito po sa OWWA, layunin naming lalo pa kaming mapalapit sa inyo at lalo pang maging relevant, accessible ang mga programa namin para po sa inyo.”


Moreover, Hon Eddie P. Gokiangkee, Claver Municipal Mayor, took time to extend his gratitude to the Migrant Workers for the great positive impact that they contribute to the economy. “I am thankful to our OFWs who have kept our economy vibrant. It is beyond fitting to earmark a day to express our appreciation to them”.


Among the desires of the activity is to bring the services of both public and private sector closer and easily accessible to the participants. OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid acknowledged the support of the network of government agencies who work hand-in-hand in the promotion of the welfare of OFWs. PhilHealth, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Development Bank of the Philippines- Claver Branch were given booths and a slot during the program to advocate their programs and services.


Other social partners who have contributed to the success of the celebration were the members of the Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA), Pru Life UK, Camella Homes, Philippine Group Metals Corporation (PGMC), Hyundai Motors, Nature’s Spring, Pepsi Cola Corporation and Paymaya.


Meanwhile, PhilHealth, a constant partner of the agency in all its institutionalized events initiated a trivia of their programs and services with giveaways at stake. Ruelan Enterprises, B-MEG and San Miguel spearheaded the parlor games which tested out the competitiveness and energy of the participants. Surely, it pays to participate in the games because a number of cash prizes were given to the energetic winners. The activity brought much laughter and fun to the OFWs and even the sponsors altogether.


A dance competition was originally organized for the activity, but the OFW Family Circles were not able to send their entries since most of them are working. It did not, however, hamper the chance of the only group who prepared enough to showcase their talents. The OFC of Tagana-an, with their Muslim inspired outfits complete with beautifully designed props danced the Pinoy Ako, Pinoy Tayo, a household song for all of us Pinoys. They automatically got the first prize and was hailed the 22nd Migrant Workers Day dance contest winners.


All of the participants were delightful as they took home their prizes prompted by the outpouring support of both the government and social partners who added up to the already exciting prizes prepared by OWWA. The numerous giveaways including loads of household goods, home appliances and two bicycles that were given away left the crowd ecstatic during the conduct of the activity.


Still true to the wholistic goal of the celebration, a community dance was led by the OWWA staff in the newly hyped tune of Despacito. All the participants from the youngsters to the elderly swayed their hips like they have never before. Even the social partners and government agencies shared the same excitement and participated in the exercise that kept them lively especially during noon time.


While enjoying the many activities being done, a simultaneous Pampering Booth: foot massage, manicure and pedicure was also provided to the participants who wanted to relax and have a me-time for free. Freebies were also given by the social partners to those who shopped in the booths.


In the end, no participant went home empty handed. Although not all of them brought home prizes, all of them enjoyed and took home with them giveaways, the fun-filled memory of camaraderie, the joy of importance and a cheerful heart ever so excited for the OFW Family Day in December and have another chance of winning more gifts. 

OWWA Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid (L), Claver Mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee (C) and OIC PSD Chief Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling (R)


National Capital Region
OWWA Awarded at the 2017 BSP Stakeholders Awards

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac received the Special Recognition for Advocacy Support 2016 Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries award for the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the 2017 Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch for Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Stakeholders in the National Capital Region at the BSP Assembly Hall, BSP Complex, Manila on 11 July 2017.


Since 2006, OWWA has participated in the annual Financial Learning Campaign of BSP to educate the OFWs and their dependents on the importance of using remittances to build up savings and directing these into investments in financial products and business ventures.


With the theme “Transforming Shared Visions into Dynamic Partnership”, the 14th Annual Awards Ceremony aims to recognize outstanding partner institutions for their strong support and contribution to the statistical undertakings, information requirements, and advocacy programs of the BSP, as well as the effective delivery of its functions.


Juan D. De Zuñiga, Jr., Monetary Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Judges, congratulated the winners of the awards. “To our valued stakeholders, thank you for investing your valuable time and effort in supporting our common goal of empowering Filipinos. Congratulations and we look forward to our continuing collaboration,” he said during his closing remarks.  

OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac together with BSP Governor and Chairman of the Monetary Board Nestor Espenilla, Jr. and BSP Monetary Board Member and Chairman of the Board of Judges Juan De Zuñiga, Jr.


OWWA Caraga sets 22nd Migrant Workers Day on the 13th of July

In the midst of the crisis in Marawi City where thousands of individuals were evacuated, OWWA Caraga personnel were sent to reinforce OWWA Region X in the expeditious release of assistance to the victims, as a consequence of which, the previously slated Migrant Workers Day 2017 Celebration was postponed.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Caraga is pleased to inform the public especially its member-OFWs that it is all systems go for the celebration of the “Araw ng Pasasalamat”. The 22nd Migrant Workers Days will be held on Thursday, 13th of July 2017, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Claver Municipal Convention Hall, Claver, Surigao del Norte.


Among the highlights of this annual institutionalized activity is the PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO Dance Contest for OFW Family Circles. The contest is shall be comprised of 5-10 participants per family circle coming from the different municipalities in the region.


A beauty and health care clinic will be open for the participants where they can relax and pamper themselves while enjoying the activity. Parlor games and fun activities also await the participants which will be sponsored by our social partners.


A number of raffle draw prizes are also waiting for the lucky winners during the event.


Interested participants may visit the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or make contact with OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 with telephone numbers (085) 342-6178/815-1894 and mobile numbers 09399259895/09173150590 for further information regarding the activity. 

OWWA Region 6 joins Migrant Workers’ Day celebration in Negros Occidental

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 joined the 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day event at Talisay City last June 19, 2017.


The celebration, held in acknowledgement of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995, aims to recognize the “significant contributions” made by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the country.


Entertainment in the forms of performances from local OFW Family Circle members and raffle draws were held during the half-day event.


This is the second such celebration held in Region 6 this June, with the first one having been held at Iloilo City last June 7, 2017.

National Capital Region

John Paul Decena, scholar of Batch 5 of the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP), recently graduated with a Bronze Award from Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College on 31 March 2017 visited the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR).


After 3 years of hard work and sacrifices, John Paul Decena has finally graduated with flying colors at Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College on 31 March 2017. The only thing left for him to finish is his On-The-Job Training (OJT) before he could finally get on board as a Marine Engineer.


Contrary to popular belief that most of the OFWs are financially stable, John Paul’s family has to manage the meager salary of his parents to provide their daily needs and education.


Family life


OFW Fidelito S. Decena, father of John Paul, works as Fabricator Welder in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His monthly salary is not enough to provide for his family’s daily needs. His mother works as part-time manicurist and pedicurist. John Paul recalled that once they experienced eating meals twice a day and sometimes they simply eat what food is available on their table. “My father’s salary was usually delayed that is why we have to adjust. Sometimes the money we have is not enough until my father’s next remittance will arrive then we will have complete meals. However, my mother will always find a way to get us through those tough times,” he said.


Being the eldest of the 2 siblings, John Paul plans to help his family financially once he becomes a Marine Engineer, “I plan to earn and save money to be able to help my family and also for myself. After I finish my internship, I plan to work right away; I’m not aiming at a certain company, the company name doesn’t matter as long as I can get on board.”


John Paul dedicates his success to his parents who are always around to support him. During his graduation day, he surprised his mother with his scholastic award. “My mom wasn’t expecting any award because I didn’t tell her that I will be graduating with honors. The moment when we were at the stage of the school to receive the medal, my mother keeps crying because of overwhelming happiness,” he said. John Paul wishes his father is also present during his graduation but he has to work. He said that he is very thankful to his father for his sacrifices and perseverance to keep his family happy. He continued that, “even though we are distance apart, you are always there for us, to provide for all our needs. Thank you for everything and I love you dad.”




John Paul learnt about the scholarship from his father. He applied for the scholarship because he knew it would be a financial relief for his family. “The scholarship is a big help because my school expenses will be lessen.  I am also a Dean’s Lister so I was also able to get another discount in my tuition fee and because of that, we are able to save money,” he said.


He expresses his appreciation to OWWA for the scholarship. He hopes the scholarship program will continue so other dependents of OFWs will have the opportunity to complete their education especially those who are struggling financially.


He also gave an advice to his fellow scholars, “To all scholars, just continue to study hard and never give up even if there are challenges along they way. Focus on your studies to maintain your required grade to ensure your scholarship. Again, study hard because it is only you – who will benefit from it.” 


John Paul Decena’s mother putting on the bronze medal on her son.
John Paul Decena, ODSP Batch 5 scholar, from Dr. Carlos S. Lanting College graduated with a Bronze Award on 31 March 2017
John Paul Decena together with his mother and sister during his graduation day.
Ms. Joyce Lorenzo of the Education and Training Unit together with John Paul Decena

2017 Migrant Workers Day, A tribute to OFW’s and their Families

7 June 2017, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IV-A celebrates the 2017 Migrant Workers Day at Sta. Rosa City Auditorium, Sta. Rosa Laguna.


A total of 871 OFWs, OFW Family Circles (OFCs) and their Families and OWWA partners/ Stakeholders in Calabarzon participated in the event with the year’s theme: “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs”.


The activity started with an Invocation and singing of our National Anthem followed by the Opening remarks from RWO IV-A OIC Director Julia F. Fabian and a video clip from   OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac who delivered the good news to all the participants about   the new updates on OWWA Programs and Services.


Department of Labor and Employment IV-A Regional Director, Hon. Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita’s message was delivered by her staff, Ms. Dulce Amor Ledesma expressed that“ Ang pagiging OFW ay hindi madaling desisyon. May mga nagtatagumpay at mayroon din naming nabibigo na maibigay ang magandang buhay para sa kanilang pamilya…”


One of our guest speaker, Representative Arlene B. Arcillas, of 1st District of Laguna, prepared her written message and was delivered by RWO IV-A OIC Director, Julia F. Fabian stressing, “…There’s a lot of stories about overseas Filipino workers. Not just blue collar workers but also white collar employees Filipinos have shown hard work and dedication to their jobs.


 Spearheaded by OIC-Regional Director, Julia F. Fabian, OWWA awarded checks to nine (9) Livelihood Projects Beneficiaries of Balik-Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay; Jacinto N. Alemania, Woody C. Palunday, Jaime E. Caylas, Florencio D. Dela Cruz, Luis L. Alipit, Nick P. Chua, Danilo D. Casor, and Teodolo B. Ocampo respectively. Also, OWWA awarded checks to two (2) ODSP scholars, Lhery Jane Dela Cruz and Jeanille Alin and Tuloy-Aral Scholar, John David De Leon. 


The program continued with fun and entertainment. ODSP Scholar Arnel Sabido serenades our OFCs and their families with his heartwarming song, “You”, while the OFCs showed their talents in singing and dancing as they present their Chorale Group Presentation by singing the OWWA Hymn and Galing ng Pilipino by Gary Valenciano.


On the other hand, a medical mission was also set at the entrance of the auditorium spearheaded by Sta. Rosa City Health Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Soledad Cunanan and her team to conduct health screening for blood pressure and blood sugar.   


The activity was concluded with the awarding of winners for the Chorale Group Presentation and raffle draws.


Lastly, Programs and Services Division Chief, Francisca P. Lanuza gave her closing remarks to those who participated the event.  


OWWA-ARMM celebrates 35th Anniversary

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) celebrates the 35th OWWA Anniversary last May 19, 2017 at OWWA-ARMM Training Center, Cotabato City.


The purpose of this activity is to celebrate, empower and motivate OWWA-ARMM employees by recognizing their work and contributions to the agency.


Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo, in her inspirational message, expressed her gratitude to all the staff of OWWA-ARMM for their dedication and hard-work to uphold and deliver quality services to its clients.


The highlight of the event is the Performance Pledge by the employees to refresh, remember and learn by heart the commitments they’ve made.


The employees were given token of appreciation to recognize their contributions to the agency.


The event ended with a sumptuous dinner together. It was a night filled with games, songs, and laughter for OWWA-ARMM family.




Koronadal City – OWWA XII, in its utmost desire to provide OFWs with worthy and valuable information with its reintegration programs and services initiated the conduct of 1st OFWPreneur Congress last June 21, 2017 at KCC Convention Center, General Santos City.


A total of 541 Overseas Filipino Workers comprised of OFW Family Circles,  Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) Applicants, Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) awardees and availees  and various OFW stakeholders in the government convened for the 1st OFWPreneur Congress dubbed as "Magkasangga para sa Kapakanan at Kabuhayan ng mga OFWs.".


Various OFW stakeholders in the government discussed their reintegration program initiatives and services that could be availed by the modern heroes. Among them: Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


The event is one of the agency’s ways to promote its reintegration programs that generally aims to impart knowledge to the OFW community with various entrepreneurial techniques and strategies in order for them to be reintegrated to the society.


Atty. Llewelyn D. Perez, Officer-in-Charge of General Administrative Service (GAS) Division, said in her message that OWWA as an agency tasked to promote and protect the welfare and interest of OFWs and their families, continuous to develop innovative reintegration programs and services, all for the betterment of the OFW community. She also assured the full support of the agency to all OFWs who wanted to engage into worthwhile business endeavors. Dir. Benny I. Reyes of Regional Operations Coordination Service (ROCS) Division also graced the event.


Meanwhile, it also served as an avenue for the agency to recognize the outstanding milestones of OFW-Entrepreneurs in the SOCSCKSARGEN region. It also showcased various products of renowned OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the region.


Thirty (30) distressed Overseas Filipino Workers also received Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Cash Assistance amounting to P 20,000.00 each.


As one of the 2B OFW Reintegration Program recipients, Gina B. Nesperos of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat takes pride to be recognized by the agency. She said that this recognition motivated her to become an even better OFWpreneur and be an inspiration to many more modern heroes.


Other OFWPrenuer awardees are the following: Jennie Porras-Ropales of Mlang, North Cotabato for Land Based Category; Capt. Ronal W. Sarmiento of Genenral Santos City for Sea Based Category; Emilia L. Canto of Pres. Quirino, Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Recipient; and Old Polacion Maitum OFW Family Association for Group Category.


Other government agencies and social partners were also present in the event to provide immediate questions and actions to OFWs inquiries and concerns, to wit:  Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), Social Security System (SSS), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Manulife Insurance Company and Department of Agriculture.


Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero is very optimistic that the concluded event will be very beneficial to all Overseas Filipino Workers who are planning to engage in business. Further, she reminded them to remain courageous and patient despite the challenge they will meet along the way. 

Atty. Perez during her inspirational talk.
OFW Family Circles who joined in the Trade Fair Exhibit
Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Awardees
OFW Gina B. Nesperos giving her inspirational message to all attendees.
Competent personnel from various government agencies who managed the OFW Help Desk
OFC President Rosa D. Laguindam of Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association during her inspirational message.
Jennie P. Ropales, OFW for more than two decades to four countries, getting emotional as she shares her inspiring story.
BPBH awardee Emilia L. Canto receives her Plaque of Recognition from [L-R] Oic Jamero, Atty. Llewelyn Perez and Dir. Benny I. Reyes after her message.
Capt. Ronald W. Sarmiento though physically not present in the event gave a message through recorded video.
[Speakers L to R] : Leonard V. Flores, Chief TIDS – DTI XII; Jeanette E. Escaño, Regional Coordinator – NRCO XII; Lixton M. Melendez, Account Officer – Land Bank of the Philippines
[Speakers L to R] : Helen Sambile, Chief Regiistration Division – CDA XII; Christelyn R. Caceres, OIC Chief, Programs and Services Division – OWWA XII; Engr. Richard Amparo, Provicial Director – TESDA XII

[Speakers L to R] : Edgar A. Soguilon, Supervising TIDS – DTI XII and Romel Patrick E. Tanghal, Supervising Economic Development Specialist – NEDA XII.



Rein Ronald Cruz. Bercasio, 21 years old, OWWA Scholar under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), Batch 10. Rein is the middle child of OFW Loida Dominga A. Cruz and Renato L. Bercasio.


An inspirational story of a student whose vision and dreams turned into a reality as he graduated as a Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy at Lyceum of the Philippine University (LPU), Laguna.


Since he entered college, Rein is a consistent Dean’s Lister and active in all activities either extra-curricular or academic endeavor. In fact, Rein was awarded as one of the seventeen outstanding young students as Makabagong Rizal 2015 at Heritage Hotel, Manila.


Rein is a loving son and a brother. Despite of his father’s death at a very young age due to vehicular accident. Rein was motivated to finish his bachelor’s degree to give back to his mother’s unending love and sacrifices of working abroad. Now, those sacrifices was paid off, as he was also awarded as TOP 2 Most Outstanding Student during their Baccalaureate last May 16, 2017 at LPU, Laguna.


Rein is thankful for the support that he received from OWWA for the past 4 years. “I am really thankful to OWWA because of this financial assistance grant I was able to finish and pursue my college, and with that, maraming salamat po sa bumubuo ng OWWA.” he expressed.         


Currently, Rein was preparing for the upcoming Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Examination as he wishes to serve many Filipinos as a future Certified Public Accountant. 



More than 2,000 OFWs and families join Labor Day Assembly with PRRD

Davao City – More than two thousand (2,000) OFWs and their families from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley Province joined the Labor Day Assembly with President Rodrigo R. Duterte last May 1, 2017 at the People’s Park, Davao City. The assembly was one of the highlights of the 119th Labor Day celebration.


OWWA’s bigwigs led by Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac together with Deputy Administrators, Atty. Brigido J. Dulay Jr. and Mr. Josefino I. Torres, and Director for Regional Operations Coordination Service (ROCS), Mr. Benny I. Reyes also joined the celebration.


Admin Cacdac personally expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all the members of the OFW Family Circles who travelled from far-flung areas to attend the assembly and met President Duterte. He was overwhelmed by the eagerness and commitment of the OFC members who consistently support the programs of OWWA.


Valuable prizes such as house and lot, sacks of rice, and tricycles (pangkabuhayan) were raffled off during the program.


Ms. Evadora L. Apang, an OFW and a house renter from Sirawan, Toril, Davao City became the new owner of the house and lot worth P1,000,000.00 courtesy of Pag-IBIG Fund. OFW Apang worked as a Domestic Worker in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for two years prior to her returned.


Meanwhile, winners of the 5-seater tricycle from OWWA-RWO XI were: Leopoldo D. Acebedo (Davao del Norte), Amelita C. Mancera (Davao City), Ronnie Sarate (Davao del Sur), Rogelio Refuela (Compostela Valley Province), and Noel Betunases (Davao City). The other ten (10) tricycles were sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment.


The labor ay assembly was spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in partnership with the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) and other National Government Agencies. 


Pres. Rodrigo R, Duterte turned over the key of the house won by OFW Evadora L. Apang during the raffle draw.
OFWs and their families as they fall in line at the entrance of the People’s Park of Davao City.
At one of the buses who transported the participants: Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac expressed his warm gratitude to the members of the Samahan ng Pamilyang Pilipino ng New Bataan, Comval Province who participated in the assembly.
At the station 3 for OFWs where OWWA staff distributed food and water.
Some of the buses who transported the OFC members from Davao del Sur.