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RWO IV-B
OWWA Scholar Engr. Lester Pelaez Marched Towards Success; Pledged To Contribute To The Country

Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) scholar Engr. Lester Pelaez received his Baccalaureate Diploma in Electrical Engineering during the 43rd Commencement Exercises of the University of the Philippines Los Baños held last July 4, 2015.

 

Pelaez graduated August 2014 but due to the academic calendar shift of the university, he received his diploma during the commencement rites of the university for this year.

 

He also passed the Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination, together with OWWA scholar Engr. John Robert Leynes, held last September 2014, joining the ranks of the finest electrical engineers in the country.

 

In an earlier interview, Engr. Pelaez said that he wants to uplift the lives of the Filipinos, a value he acquired through his experience as a child of an OFW and his education in a state university. According to him, witnessing the struggles of his parents,  like  his OFW father Cecilio Pelaez who works in Rwanda, has opened his eyes to the realities of the nation. “Gusto kong tulungan ang aking pamilya, at i-practice ang EE (Electrical Engineering) dito sa ating bansa, (at) mag-aral ulit sa ibang bansa para makakuha ng skills na kailangan para makapagtayo ng sarili kong kumpanya”. In this way, he believes that he will contribute to employment-generation and advance the field of Electrical Engineering, pushing for the development of science and technology in the country. Being an OWWA scholar also helped him set his ground to the field. “Nainspire ako kasi may scholarship ako from OWWA, na kailangan kong mag-aral mabuti.”

 

Director Allan A. Ignacio of the Regional Welfare Office IV-B commended the succes of Engr. Pelaez and wishes him best in his field. “He may be an example to the Filipino youth, especially our OWWA scholars to strive, and in the future, join us in developing our nation”, he added.

 

The Education for Developmprovided by the Overseent Scholarship Program is an educational grant provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration awarded to deserving dependents of OFWs who came from the top 200 qualifiers of the examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology. The scholars are entitled to a grant of 60,000 Php per year to cover their four-to-five year baccalaureate degree they have chosen.

RWO IV-B
OFW from Romblon receives livelihood assistance through Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program

OFW Ruel Fornal of Odiongan, Romblon set his eyes to work abroad as an oiler to support his growing family. All is going well; however, the on-going political turmoil in the state of Libya affected the company he was working for. With the war on-going, he decided to go home in the Philippines to ensure his safety and ease the worries of his family.

 

Assisted by the Rapid Response Team of the Philippine government, OFW Fornal set foot again in the Philippines with the hopes of starting anew with his wife and six-year old son who currently just started his elementary studies. “Mahaba-haba pa ang lalakbayin para sa kinabukasan ng anak ko”, he related to the OWWA Family Welfare Officer Ms. Glory Lee Foja.Assisted by the Rapid Response Team of the Philippine government, OFW Fornal set foot again in the Philippines with the hopes of starting anew with his wife and six-year old son who currently just started his elementary studies. “Mahaba-haba pa ang lalakbayin para sa kinabukasan ng anak ko”, he related to the OWWA Family Welfare Officer Ms. Glory Lee Foja.

 

The OWWA, with its intensified programs for assisting OFWs in their reintegration, has provided OFW Fornal with 10,000 PHP worth of livelihood assistance under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanap-buhay Program to kick-off their piggery project. OFW Fornal with his family plans to improve their new business while working as a driver in a private hospital in Romblon. “Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa OWWA dahil binigyan ulit ako ng chance na makapagsimula ulit. Delikado na roon at nagbobombahan, naisip ko nang bumalik para sa kinabukasan ng aking anak na Grade 1”, he said further.

Salamat po, OWWA. Despite the difficulties he met in Libya, OFW Fornal never ceases to strive and smile through the day. He was also thankful to those who helped him during the struggles he encountered, including OWWA.

 

Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado of OWWA commits to provide timely and strengthened reintegration programs for the OFWs, especially for those affected by political instability in other countries.  These programs include various livelihood grants, financial assistance, loans, and psycho-social and welfare services among others.

 

OFWs from MIMAROPA who wish to inquire about the reintegration programs offered by OWWA may contact its Regional Welfare Office through telephone numbers (02) 353-9016 and (02) 353-8986. 

RWO CARAGA
OWWA BPBH Program Beneficiaries Venture into Swine Production

Sometime in 2012, Lefebvre Engineering FZC, a multi-disciplinary manufacturing company based in United Arab Emirates issued termination of employment contracts to some of its workers, including a group of skilled OFWs from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. The reason stated by the company was due to lack of work/orders from their customers caused accordingly by the low cost of aluminum price in world markets.  

 

Several months after their arrival, this group of displaced OFWs visited Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga to avail livelihood assistance under “Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay” Program that grants starter kits worth Ten Thousand Pesos (P10, 000.00) to displaced and distressed OFWs. Aside from granting them livelihood assistance, OWWA also provided them Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) to equip them knowledge in their livelihood undertakings.

 

With the high demand of pork in the local market, they estimated greater income in this line of venture which made them opt to engage in swine production.

 

“I am currently into meat vending, that’s why the livestock granted by OWWA will be an additional investment to increase my income,” Pedrito Salem cheerfully related in local dialect.

 

Thirty seven year old Salem recounted that he worked only five (5) months in said company as welder (Vertical Saw Operator) when downsizing was enforced. Nevertheless the company compensated all their possible travel expenses back home.

 

The same account was related by 23-year old Jhunrey Loquias, a welder operator, who worked for 10 months with the same employer. Moreover, Loquias appreciated the livelihood assistance that OWWA extended to him especially that he has five siblings.

 

“Makatabang ni panahon sa emergency kay pwede ra ni mabaligya dayon (It can help at times of emergency for it can be sold immediately),” Loquias expound.

 

At the moment Loquias is seeking for local employment to help his parents on financial aspects; his father earns only from driving a tricycle while his mother, a housewife, takes care of his younger siblings.

 

Likewise, Edward Alindog, 32, also a welder operator of the same company, expressed his gratitude for benefitting from the program.

 

“Pasalamat ko nga nahatagan mi panginabuhian samtang nangita pud ko ug trabaho suporta sa akong pamilya, (I am thankful that we were given livelihood assistance while I am also looking for job)” said Alindog who is supporting two children with youngest child still 2 months old.  

 

Moreover, Regional Director Samuel Madrid of OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga conveyed that the livelihood assistance afforded by the government is intended to contribute in the mean time on the daily living of the program beneficiaries who have been distressed or displaced from their work overseas.       

 

“Alalahanin po natin na hindi ito talagang lunas dahil kailangang sabayan ng pagsisikap at tiyaga. Ito ay tulong lang na kahit sa kaunting pamamaraan magkaroon tayo ng kaunting assistance sa inyo upang madagdagan ang inyong kinikita sa pang-araw-araw,” Madrid said.

OFW Edward Alindog checks up the swine temporarily placed in his backyard while he also shared one breed with his sibling for reproduction

OFW Pedrito Salem showcases his breeds of swine confine in a concrete shelter beside his house

OFW Jhunrey Loquias exhibits the piggery site he established at the backside of their residence 

RWO CARAGA
Former OFW Gains Hope with BPBH Program

While there is life, there is hope. Being sick in a foreign land signaled fear for her life; hence pushed her to forego her job overseas. An opportunity she might have lost but not regretted. Nevertheless, in the face of those difficulties, she gained support that gave her hope.

 

Former OFW Conie Plaza, 36, from Brgy. Lumbucan, Butuan City has been employed as Household Service Worker in Malaysia from November 2010 to March 2014.

 

Due to an illness, Conie opted to terminate her second contract of employment and decided to head home for fear that she might not be able to do so if her ailment worsens.

 

A few weeks after her arrival in Butuan City on March 2014, she sought medical check-up in one of the local private hospitals in the city. After thorough examination, she was diagnosed with osteomyelitis infection. Later she underwent foot bone biopsy for proper prescription.

 

While under recovery, Conie spared time to avail of the Balik-Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) which she learned from her OFW friend.

 

After complying required documents and attending the program orientation and Entrepreneurship Development Training, Conie received a starter kit worth ten thousand pesos (P10, 000.00) of grocery items to start her “sari-sari” store business. 

 

Mapasalamaton ko sa OWWA nga nahatagan ko ug assistance. Dako na gyud ni nahatag nga tabang para sa akong pang-adlaw adlaw nga gastos labi na kay maglisud ko ug hanap trabaho tungod sa akong kasamtangan nga condition (I am thankful to OWWA for giving me this assistance. It is already of great help for my day to day living especially that it is difficult for me to find job with my present condition)” Conie emotionally expressed.

 

She shared that income from her rice retail was partially utilized to improve her small store area. She also saved fraction of it to buy her maintenance medication and of her 60-year- old mother who is already bed-ridden. Moreover, the amount left was her rolling capital to purchase new items.

 

“Paningkamutan nako nga mapalambo ni kay kini ra pud akong pag-asa karun (I will put forth effort to make this productive because this is my only hope as of the moment),” she added.

 

The Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program is a livelihood assistance program for displaced and distressed OFW which grants livelihood starter kits amounting to ten thousand pesos (P10, 000.00).

BPBH beneficiary Conie Plaza takes a pose inside her sari-sari store

Indoor view of Conie’s sari-sari store and alongside is her rest area improved through her sales profit

RWO III
Chaching Financial Literacy in partnership with Prulife held last July 22-23, 2015 in Olongapo City

City of San Fernando Pampanga - In OWWAs effort to influence the money management of OFW families and to ease the culture of dependency on remittance, the agency have partnered with Pru Life UK to bring financial literacy to kids in a fun way.

 

455 OFW children aged 7-12 from Columban College, Olongapo Wesley Ecumenical School and St. Joseph’s College participated in the this year’s run of the financial literacy for kids held last July 22-23, 2015 at the Convery of the Columban College and Olongapo City Convention Center respectively. The activity was in coordination with the Public Employment Service Office of the City of Olongapo.

 

Since 2013, seven (7) Chaching World Tour sessions have already been conducted in Central Luzon reaching out to 1,346 OFW children. The first run was held in the municipality of Abucay, Bataan in April 12, 2013, Norzagaray, Bulacan last May 23, 2013, St. Scholastica’s Academy (Pampanga) in Nov. 14, 2013 and Guiguinto, Bulacan in Nov. 20, 2014 and the three sessions in Olongapo City.

 

The program dubbed Cha-Ching, is a fresh take in teaching children to become money-smart kids. Fusing education and entertainment, the animated musical show is a multi-platform program that complements parents and educators in training their children in proper money management through the fundamental concepts of earning, saving, smart spending and donating. The seminar will be a great complement towards empowering OFWs and their families. This activity aims to provide OFW children with access to the additional tools they need to build their financial literacy skills at a young age.

 

The financial literacy program is an important part of the OWWA’s commitment to help all OFWs and their families learn about the financial issues that affect their day-to-day lives. OWWA also provides members of the OFW Family Circles with Capacity trainings including values reorientation, leadership training and Entrepreneurship Development Training among others. 

RWO CARAGA

July 27, 2015- When the enormous economic crisis struck the globe in 2008, massive industry shut down and recession resulted in thelayoffof a number of Filipino Overseas Workers. In the aid of the OFWs who have been hit by the turmoil, the government, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) granted a loan program dubbed the Filipino Expatriate Livelihood Support Fund (FELSF).

 

On 2009, OWWA RWO Caraga started releasing the Fifty Thousand Peso loan payable in 2 years at a 5% interest to help distressed OFWs from the different provinces of Caraga region start up their own livelihood ventures.

 

Five years after the implementation of the loan program, only 11% or 16 of the 143 grantees were able to pay their balances in full. The low collection rate prompted the agency to send out collection letter demanding the beneficiaries to settle their outstanding accounts. It has also been mentioned that in case of failure, the agency would file a collection case to safeguard the interest of other OWWA members.

 

Unfortunately, only a few have responded to the agency’s action, although some have filed promissory notes, but majority were not complied with. In view of this development, the agency decided to implement a series of personal visit and monitoring of the program availees all over the region.The collection team led by Collection Officer- Designate Yolanda H. Fabre commenced the monitoring in Bislig City with the assistance of the local PESO office.

 

Mr. Victoriano B. Sugala, a resident of Mangagoy, Bislig City, who has managed to maintain his business from the loan program, commented that his failure to consistently pay the loaned amount was due to the distance between his hometown and the regional office.

 

While a few beneficiaries who have returned to work overseas assured the payment of their debt on an installment basis, Mr. Orlando Tan, on the other hand, requested for further postponement of his payment due to the eyesight problem that prevents him from working. “I promise to pay through the pension benefits that I shall receive next year, as I do not have any means of income now because of my impaired vision.”

 

It has also been found that two of the grantees have already transferred residency, Mr. Domingo Quiñonez is now residing in Cotabato according his wife’s niece. Whereas Ms. Josephine Marzon, who resided at P-6 Maraville Village in Tabon, Bislig City still remains unlocated.

 

Meanwhile, the agency has already extended links with local government units in locating other beneficiaries. Family Welfare Officers of each province were likewise directed to continuously monitor the collection within their assigned area. The target for next month’s visit will be the province of Surigao del Norte.

 

Borrowers may directly pay at the OWWA Caraga Regional Office or through agency’s current account for FELSF maintained at Land Bank of the Philippines. 

RWO VII
MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs in Cebu Province

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Convergence Program for OFWs by and among the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Local Government Units of the Province of Cebu and the Municipality of Liloan, Cebu was signed on July 20, 2015 in two separate venues. The MOA was forged to ensure a more concerted, synchronized and coordinated delivery of programs and services to the OFWs and their families.

 

The MOA Signing with the Province of Cebu was held in the morning of July 20, 2015 at the Dignitaries Lounge, Cebu Capitol Building, Cebu City. It was formally opened by OWWA 7 Regional Director Wilfreda L. Misterio who gave an Overview of the MOA on the Convergence Program for OFWs.  Present during the MOA Signing were Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III representing the Province of Cebu, Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale who signed as witness, DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado, POEA Licensing and Regulation Office Director Robert L. Larga (in lieu of POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac) and TESDA 7 Regional Director Rosanna A. Urdaneta.

 

(From left to right): DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga; OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado; Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III; Cebu Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale ; POEA Licensing and Regulation Director Robert L. Larga and TESDA 7 Regional Director Rosanna A. Urdaneta during the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Province of  Cebu on  July 20, 2015 at the Dignitaries Lounge, Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City.

OWWA 7 Regional Director Wilfreda L. Misterio giving the overview of the MOA  on the Convergence Program for OFWs during the MOA Signing with the Province of Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Dignitaries Lounge, Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City.

 

The Parties to the MOA agreed to collaborate in five (5) areas: capability building of LGU partners and local stakeholders; public information and worker education on overseas employment; establishment of OFW Help Desks; illegal recruitment-free local government unit campaign; and data collection and management on OFWs and their families.

 

The signing of the MOA was then followed by the messages of all the signatories. Administrator Calzado, in her message took pride that OWWA is forging another partnership with the Province of Cebu. It could be recalled that OWWA and the Province of Cebu entered into a Memorandum of Agreement last March 2014 for the implementation of the OWWA Cash-for-Work Assistance Program for OFWs or their Families in Cebu Province affected by super typhoon Yolanda. The program had successfully provided temporary employment to a total of 4,147 beneficiaries coming from the 15 municipalities and 1 city in Northern Cebu which were badly hit by Yolanda. With this MOA on the Convergence Program for OFWs, Administrator Calzado looked forward to an efficient and effective delivery of services for the protection, welfare and empowerment of the OFWs and their families in the Province of Cebu.

 

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III on his part welcomed the signing of the said agreement. He reiterated in his speech that the hard-earned remittances of the OFWs are what made our economy afloat. Thus, it is just fitting to return the favor, “by helping those who also help us”, Gov. Davide asserted.

 

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado giving her message during the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Province of Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Dignitaries Lounge, Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City.

Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III welcomed the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Province of Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Dignitaries Lounge, Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City.

 

The MOA Signing which was likewise attended by the local tri-media in Cebu ended with a message from Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale.

 

(From left to right): OWWA 7 Regional Director Wilfreda L. Misterio; DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga; OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado; Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III; Cebu Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale; POEA Director Robert L. Larga; TESDA 7 Regional Director Rosanna A. Urdaneta; and POEA Center for the Visayas Officer-in-Charge Evelia M. Durato hold hands in solidarity during the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Province of Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Dignitaries Lounge, Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu City.

 

In the afternoon of July 20, 2015, OWWA Administrator Calzado, POEA Director Larga, TESDA 7 Regional Director Urdaneta and DOLE 7 Regional Director Sarcauga likewise signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Municipality of Liloan, Cebu represented by its Mayor, Hon. Vincent Franco D. Frasco at the Mayor’s Office, Liloan Municipal Hall, Liloan, Cebu. 

 

(From left to right): TESDA 7 Regional Director Rosanna A. Urdaneta; POEA Licensing and Regulation Director Robert L. Larga;  Liloan Municipal Mayor Vincent Franco D. Frasco; OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado ; and DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga during the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Municipality of Liloan on July 20, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office, Liloan Municipal Hall, Liloan, Cebu.

 

Liloan is one of the top 10 municipalities in Cebu Province with the highest number of OFWs based on OWWA’s latest statistics of OFW-members. 

 

DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga commended LGU-Liloan for being very active in implementing employment programs to the people of Liloan and he is hoping that this will be sustained with the implementation of the Convergence Program for OFWs. Mayor Frasco highlighted in his speech that LGU-Liloan has been supportive in the efforts of promoting the welfare of the OFW sector. Through this MOA, he is optimistic of a more harmonized and effective delivery of programs and services to the OFWs and their families in their locality.

 

The MOA Signing was likewise attended by the Municipal Councilors of Liloan and covered by ABS-CBN Cebu.  

 

DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga giving his message during the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Municipality of Liloan, Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office, Liloan Municipal Hall, Liloan, 

Liloan Mayor Vincent Franco D. Frasco expressed his appreciation of the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Municipality of Liloan, Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office, Liloan Municipal Hall, Liloan, Cebu.

MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Local Government Unit of Liloan, Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office, Liloan Municipal Hall, Liloan, Cebu.

Front row (left to right): TESDA 7 Regional Director Rosanna Urdaneta; POEA Licensing and Regulation Director Robert Larga; Liloan Mayor Vincent Franco Frasco; OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado; DOLE 7 Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga; and OWWA 7 Regional Director Wilfreda Misterio.  Back row (left to right): Atty. Rhett Casiño of POEA Center for the Visayas; Liloan PESO Manager Adela Reuyan; and Municipal Ccouncilors of LGU Liloan.

 

Edgar Escalante of ABS-CBN Cebu interviewed OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado after the MOA Signing on the Convergence Program for OFWs with the Municipality of Liloan, Cebu on July 20, 2015 at the Mayor’s Office, Liloan Municipal Hall, Liloan, Cebu.

 

THE FREEMAN

July 21, 2015 Issue

 

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Welcomes Newest Batch of OFWDSP Scholars

The Regional Welfare Office - National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) welcomed the latest batch of OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) scholars by orienting them with the terms and conditions of the scholarship grant last June 20, 2015.

 

The orientation made way for the scholars to meet their co-scholars and to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the scholarship grant.

 

In her welcome remarks, RWO-NCR Programs and Services Division Chief, Maria Teresa B. Capa, stressed the importance of properly orienting both the parents/guardians and the scholars of the terms and conditions of the scholarship grant.

 

“It is very important that they, the parents and the students, are aware of the terms and conditions of the Program for them to maintain the scholarship grant until they complete their courses.” said Ms. Capa

 

Ms. Leonor Antonette Cunanan, an OFWDSP scholar herself and a Business Administration graduate at Far Eastern University (FEU) gave an inspirational message to the new scholars by sharing her own experiences as a working student and an OFWDSP scholar at the same time.

 

Nakakapagod pala maging working student. Nakakapagod pala kumita ng pera, Naalala ko dati, kapag may gusto ako, pagpupuyatan ko. ’Pag may gusto ako, kakayod ako. Pero nung nakatapos ako ng pag-aaral at natanggap ako sa trabaho, na realize ko na worth it ang lahat ng paghihirap ko.” said Antonette

 

She also challenged the new scholars to do their best to keep the scholarship grant until they graduate.

 

Kaya sa lahat ng bagong scholars,sana hindi ninyo sayangin yung chance na ibinigay sa inyo. Kung nakaya ko, alam kong kakayanin niyo rin.” she ended.

 

Antonette, a licensed real estate broker, is now employed by a local telecommunications company as an Account Associate.  

 

The OFWDSP or the OFW Dependent Scholarship is an educational assistance of OWWA to qualified dependents of active OWWA-member OFWs who intend to pursue any 4 to 5 year baccalaureate degree or associate degree in state college of university. The scholarship grant is in the form of financial assistance of Php 20,000.00 per year/ Php 10,000.00 per semester.

 

The Newest Batch of OFW Dependent Scholarship Program, together with (center) Ms. Lynn Galicia, Ms. Ma. Teresa B. Capa (PSD Chief), Ms. Leonora Anonette Cunanan, Former ODSP scholar, Graduate of Far Eastern University (FEU)-Cum Laude 

RWO I
OWWA Region 1 Learns on Disaster Preparedness

The Ilocos Region is one of the areas in the country mostly frequented by typhoons. These natural disasters have been causing adverse effects to families and communities in the region.

 

This is reason why the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI took various activities to join the nation in  the observance of the 2015 National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) with the theme, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”

 

Officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI sat on a two-hour lecture on “Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response” on July 27, 2015, 2pm, at the Regional Welfare Office I, City of San Fernando, La Union. The lecture was given by Mr. Benedick C. Sarmiento of the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Some walk-in clients have also joined the lecture after their transactions were made.

 

Mr. Sarmiento discussed on the various natural disasters such as typhoons, flood, earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic eruption. He also talked on the human-induced hazards such as fire,  environmental pollution, vehicular accidents, and armed conflicts.

 

In the lecture, the OWWA officers and staff have also learned the measures to be followed before, during and after the occurrence of these disasters.

 

OIC Rhoda Nilda Placida R. Lee says the lecture provided vital information for the officers and staff in their discharge of functions and responsibilities. “As the frontline government agency that caters to the needs of OFWs and their families, part of our primary development activities is going down to the grassroots to extend our programs and services. We also conduct project monitoring in different areas in the region, usually located in the outskirts and interior communities,” OIC Lee says. “This highlights the need to equip these government frontliners with necessary information as they go in the field.”

 

Aside from the lecture, OWWA RWOI also displayed the 2015 NCDM Streamer as a way of public information of this national observance. The office will also conduct an Earthquake and Fire Drill, which will be scheduled later this year. 

 

Mr. Benedict C. Sarmiento of the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gives a lecture on Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response to officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI on July 27, 2015 as part of its observance of the 2015 National Disaster Consciousness Month. 

The officers and staff of OWWA RWOI pose in posterity with Mr. Benedick C. Sarmiento (seated, 3rd from left) of the La Union PDRMMC after the lecture on “Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response,” on July 27, 2015 at the OWWA Regional Office, City of San Fernando, La Union.

RWO I
OWWA Region I Welcomes New OFWDSP Scholars

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) is proud to welcome its latest batch of scholars under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), as they have gathered together  for a formal orientation and agreement-signing on July 13, 2015, at Max’s Restaurant, City of San Fernando, La Union.

 

After careful evaluation of their application by the OWWA RWOI, 48 incoming college freshmen have qualified for the OFWDSP for the new academic year, and they will enjoy the benefits of the scholarship for the entire span of their tertiary education.

 

The OFWDSP offers financial assistance of P20,000 per year to qualified dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who receive a monthly salary of not more than US$400.00. The qualified applicants shall enroll in any four-year or five-year baccalaureate course in any college or university within Region I.

 

Of the 48 new scholars, 13 of them come from Pangasinan, 12 each from La Union and Ilocos Norte, and 11 from Ilocos Sur.

 

One of them is Daphne Kyle R. Mabanta of San Fernando City, La Union. Her father, Fernando P. Mabanta, works as Plumber is Saudi Arabia. She will take up BS Nursing this coming academic year.

 

Daphne’s mother, Marilyn, was also present during the activity. She, together will all the other parents and guardians of the scholars, were also invited during the orientation to inform them about their responsibilities in the scholarship of their child/ward.

 

Ms. Dolly Ann G. Camacho, Program Coordinator for OWWA RWOI,  briefed the scholars and their parents/guardians about the terms and conditions of the scholarship program, including specific provisions in Enrollment, Shifting of Courses, and Suspension and Termination of the Scholarship.

 

The OWWA RWO I is hopeful that with the aid of the scholarship, the OFW dependents will succeed in their studies. “Your parents make great sacrifices abroad,” said OIC Rhoda Nilda Placida R. Lee, “and the best way to pay them back is to do great in your studies.” 

 

Daphne Kyle R. Mabanta (right), one of the new OFWDSP Scholars of OWWA Region I, signs in the Scholarship Agreement, as her mother Marilyn (left) looks on. The new OFWSDSP Scholars and their parents/guardians gathered for the Orientation and Agreement-Signing last July 13, 2015 conducted by OWWA RWOI.

Ms. Dolly Ann G. Camacho, OWWA RWOI Program Coordinator for the OFWDSP, discusses in detail the contents of the Scholarship Agreement, as the new scholars and their parents/guardians listen intently.

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