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RWO XII Celebrates  Labor  Day  with  DOLE RCC XII and ITCs

Koronadal City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII (OWWA RWO XII) headed by OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog participated in the sports festival, a first, for the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE RCC XII) and the Industrial Tripartite Council (ITC) in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region in commemoration of Labor Day on May 1, 2015 held at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in Koronadal City.


The event was participated by organized ITCs in the region including wholesale and retail, plantation, manufacturing, fishing, academe, tourism, construction industries with the DOLE RCC XII.


According to DOLE RO XII Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo, the sports activity will highlight the various ITCs’ strong support to the DOLE and its programs and services.


South Cotabato Provincial Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes, who was one of the honored guests lauded the DOLE XII for the activity, while utilizing the occasion as a venue to remind employers to share what is fair to their employees, for them (employers) to continue being successful in the business. “Your employees need to be treated equally and as you continue to share your blessings to them, they will also continue to be productive for your industry,” Fuentes said.


Also, gracing the activity was DOLE Assistant Secretary Ma. Joji V. Aragon who shared in her message that the activity could probably boost the DOLE’s efforts to achieve the outcome of sustained cooperation between labor and management sectors. “This sportsfest will definitely unite the different ITCs in the region which could translate to stronger support to the DOLE”, Aragon said.


Participating ITCs and the DOLE RCC XII competed in various games and contests such as basketball, volleyball, quiz bee, sack race, and tug-of-war.


An exciting match between the DOLE RCC XII team and ITC Academe brought thrill and suspense to the cheering audience.


To ensure fair and just deliberation of results, Sumalinog coordinated with the Koronadal Philippine Basketball Association (KorPBA) headed by Mr. Dante C. Dichoso for the efficient facilitation of the sports activity.


Concluding part of the activity hailed the ITC Fishing and Allied Services, victor of the DOLE RCC XII and ITCs Sports Festival 2015.


Butuan City (May 28) –The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be celebrating the 20th Migrant Workers Day or ‘Araw ng Pasasalamat’ on June 7, 2015 to show the government’s resolve of honoring and recognizing the valuable contributions of OFWs to the country.


This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Kasanayan at Husay sa Paggawa, Proteksyon ng Migranteng Manggagawa.”


In Caraga region, the event will be held at Surigao del Norte Provincial Gymnasium from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The one day celebration will include fun-filled activities such as parlor games, raffle draws and dance competition.


OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 regional director Samuel Madrid enjoins all Caraganon OFWs (vacationing and returnees) including their families, especially those from Surigao del Norte area, to participate in this celebration dedicated for them.


To register, please 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.   


“To renew hope after every disaster is what matters in the society. The presence of love could be felt by seeing people who are ready to help others who are in need. Calamities affect the people’s lives and make them lose hope in moving forward. If we will give them the light to help them believe that we could all surpass these challenges, a positive change can happen,” this was Jean Claudette L. Galvez’ message as she was conferred with the award of Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines-National Capital Region. TOSP is an awards program, which recognizes exceptional youths for their academic excellence, leadership and diverse involvement in the community.


Jean Claudette L. Galvez, who hails from Subic, Zambales is an ELAP scholar of the OWWA RWO3 who graduated Cum Laude at University of Santo Tomas. She was recently awarded as one of the top ten outstanding students of the Philippines - NCR.


Jean lost her father, OFW Joseph Galvez in 2010, who died in UAE due to road traffic accident. She was in her senior year in high school during that time. Being the eldest among a brood of four, the sudden loss of her father had left Jean taking over a great responsibility. She realized that she needs to become self reliant and have the grit to overcome this challenge.


She was granted an OWWA scholarship under the educational component of the Education for Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP). Under the program, one eligible dependent of the deceased OFW gets educational assistance per school year, corresponding to his/her educational level at the time the program is availed, which is in the amount of P5,000.00 for grade school, P8,000.00 for high school, and P10,000.00 for college level.


The young Ms. Galvez was determined to finish school and chart her way to success. She graduated Valedictorian from secondary school and went on to become a consistent honor student in college. Jean is planning to enroll in San Beda College of Law this coming semester. She believes that it is because of the grace of God working through the people around her, that she has made it this far.



RWO XII Orients Scholarship Qualifiers, SOCCSKSARGEN

Koronadal City – A total of fifty six (56) qualifiers of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII’s (OWWA RWO XII) OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) appeared on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 for the Scholarship Orientation and Contract Signing Ceremony held at EMR Center, Koronadal City.


Scholarship qualifiers coming from all over the SOCCSKSARGEN region together with their guardians, that totaled 112, braved the heavy pouring rain just to join the activity and avail the scholarship opportunity offered by the agency.


Local media personalities also graced the activity after participating in the press conference conducted on the same day and venue to highlight the scholarship contract signing ceremony and meet with the RWO’s Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) qualifiers.


According to the RWO’s OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog, qualifiers of the OFWDSP although did not took any qualifying examination, were carefully and thoroughly selected taking into consideration all possible grounds of qualification particularly the General Weighted Average (GWA) of the applicants.


We are setting a standard to ensure that our program will truly serve its purpose. And hopefully, four or five years from now, with our support, and with your guardians guidance, you will finish your chosen course with flying colors”, Sumalinog said addressed to the scholars.


Vincent Benedict Barrion, John Adrian Golveo, and Hannah Castillano, EDSP qualifiers also joined the activity and were given due recognition by Sumalinog, emphasizing their outstanding achievements in their high school years to inspire other qualifiers to study hard and take the scholarship opportunity sincerely in exchange of their loved ones’ efforts and sacrifices overseas.


In a message Barrion shared that everyone must believe they’re the best so others would also treat them as the best. “Always follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and let the success come”, he added.


Family Welfare Officers of the RWO facilitated the presentation of the scholarship’s nature that includes program entitlements, table of offenses, sanctions, etc. Some qualifiers, during the open forum, after learning that the program restricts its recipients to study outside the region, decided to waive their scholarship. After the discussion, a sumptuous meal was enjoyed by the participants followed by the scholarship agreement symbolic signing.


OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog signs the scholarship agreement with a scholarship qualifier (OFWDSP) and her guardian during the symbolic signing ceremony.


OFWDSP scholars will enjoy a financial assistance amounting to Php 20,000.00/year or Php 10,000.00/semester that shall cover tuition fees and other academic-related expenses and a group health and accident insurance coverage of Php 100,000.00. On the other hand, EDSP scholars will receive Php 60, 000.00/year or Php 30, 000.00/semester.

Daughter of deceased seafarer graduates cum laude, thanks OWWA for scholarship

For Esa Seal or Isay, education is the only enduring inheritance that her parents can provide. As a student, she was determined to finish her course not only for herself but also for her parents – especially her father who consistently reminded her to study hard.


That was why when Tatay Efren, a seafarer and breadwinner of the Allisa household, succumbed to stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2010 at the age of 54, the whole family was completely devastated by the loss.


With the death of their father, Esa, the youngest among four siblings, knew she had to remain strong for her family.


“At first we cannot accept the fact that Papa is suffering from a serious illness, but I drew strength from my mother. I saw my mom suffering but I also saw her fight. She supported my father until the very end she never left my father’s side. Time healed us all to accept the truth that our father was taken so early by God. I know He has the reason behind why he took my father,” Isay said.


She was a second-year student taking up Bachelor of Science in Tourism in Central Philippine University in Iloilo City when her father died. Without the financial support of Tatay Efren, Esa initially doubted if she can still pursue her studies.


“What I really wanted to do in the future is to tour in different countries in the world and have a cruise vacation. I also dream of establishing a business in the near future and I was considering putting up commercial building, clothing business, or a coffee shop with the support of my father. With Papa gone, I thought there will be a major shift in my life plans,” she added.


Fortunately, besides the Death Benefit worth Php120,000.00 received from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI, the family also availed of the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) under which she was accepted as a college scholar. And with the income from their apartment complex put up by his father when he was still alive, the family was able to survive financially.


Just recently, she graduated as cum laude and she owed her educational success to her family.


“My family has been my inspiration to excel in my studies. I motivated myself to excel in whatever I do to make my parents proud of me, especially my father, even though he was not there to see me get my diploma on stage,” the scholar said.


The scholar also thanked OWWA for the support it provided.


“I am very happy to be an ELAP Scholar of OWWA. To my OWWA Region VI family, thank you very much. You helped me a lot especially in sustaining my education through monetary help. To my fellow scholars, we are very blessed to be a part of the OWWA family. May we always cherish our education, study hard, and balance our time wisely to enjoy life,” Isay said.


Now, Isay will start her first job as hotel associate this June.


“I will be working in Go Hotel in Robinsons Place Iloilo City. I am excited about my first job because at least, I will be able to support my mother when it comes to our household expenses. I am sure my father will be proud of what I have achieved now,” she related.


Esa Seal L. Allisa, an ELAP scholar, graduates as cum laude.


Isay and her family namely (L-R) Ivory, her mother, her cousin Epharaim, Eunice, and Evony, happily take a pose after her graduation rites last April 2015.

OWWA RWO VI highlights family financial planning and savings in training series

TIBIAO, ANTIQUE – In line with the thrust to implement a standardized training module to OFW organizations, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI in partnership with Signpost International Incorporated, conducted an information drive and a Values Formation and Financial Literacy seminar for the members of the newly formed Brgy. Malabor OFW and Migrants Beneficiaries Association (Brgy. Malabor OFW MBA).


The training highlighted the importance of financial planning that involves all the members of an OFW family.


According to Regional Director Ron Lionel M. Bartolome, the training series is most useful for families of OFWs who are still working abroad.


“Pagkakataong kumita ng minsanan at makapagpundar ng puhunan - dito po natin binuo ang mga trainings na ito. Kaya tayo nag session ngayon para hindi po maubos agad ang mga perang pinapadala sa atin,” Bartolome said.


“Kasi ang pag-aabroad po para sa iba ay para lang pag akyat sa bayabas. Habang nasa taas ng puno, may bayabas. Ilalagay mo ang mga bunga sa t-shirt mo tapos uwi na. Hindi ka pa umabot ng bahay ubos na yung bayabas. Huwag po nating hayaan na maging ganoon at sayang ang pagkakataon,” Bartolome added.


Besides the Financial Literacy seminar, OWWA’s programs and services were also presented. The OFC members actively participated in the open forum where they clarified questions about OWWA and its services.


In addition, members also participated in various activities during the Values Formation seminar, where they were able to differentiate the values that they hold and those they reject; know the implications of making decisions that go against their values; and discover the how one applies values in a group setting.


Mr. Gem Pondo, president of the OFW organization, commended OWWA for taking the extra mile in conducting the activity.


“We would like to take this opportunity to thank OWWA, the regional director, and the support staff. This is the first time that OWWA came to Tibiao and initiate this kind of activity,” Pondo said.


A total of 30 beneficiaries attended the training series conducted at the Brgy. Malabor Bible Baptist Church in Tibiao, Antique on May 16, 2015.


Antique Family Welfare Officer Percee Lynne I. Mahandog presents OWWA’s education and training program to OFC members.


The participants of the Values Formation and Financial Literacy Training take a pose with Regional Director Ron Lionel M. Bartolome (center), Mr. Oliver Samson (right of RD Bartolome);  of Signpost International Inc. and Mr. L Leo Dimamay (left of RD Bartolome), resource speaker in Investment during the Financial Literacy seminar.

OWWA RWO VI holds FLC and Savings Mobilization Training to Guimaras OFCs

Carrying forward the initiative to implement standard learning modules to its organized groups, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI conducted a series of training on Financial Literacy, Savings Mobilization, and Basic Parliamentary Procedures to OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in Guimaras.


At total of 63 members of two OFCs, namely, the Poblacion Nueva Valencia OFW Association and Poblacion, Jordan, OFW Association attended the series of trainings held on May 7 and 8, respectively.


Regional Director Ron Lionel M. Bartolome emphasized the potential of savings mobilization campaign in the development of organizations.


“Bahagi po ito ng ating patuloy na pag-aaral. Kami po ay naka-alalay lang sa simula hanggang sa kayo ay matatag na. Ang OFW sa Jordan, Guimaras ay 1,261. Kung makabuo po ang organisasyon ng 500 members at mag-iipon ng piso araw-araw, sa isang taon po ay may Php182,500.00 na ang inyong grupo,” Bartolome said.


“Parang ambon lang po iyan na magiging ulan. Ang piso ay magiging million. ‘Yun ang power ng numbers. Minsan nakakalimutan lang natin. Tandaan po natin na ang pag-aabroad ay hindi pang habang buhay,” he added.


Mr. Pedro Galgo, president of the OFC in Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras acknowledged the importance of savings after the training.


“On our next meeting, we will make our savings development plan and decided when to start our savings campaign,” Galgo said.


On the other hand, Ms. Brenda Porras, president of the OFW group in Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras,  thanked the regional office for conducting a training that they currently need.


“The module on strengthening organizational capacity is truly beneficial to our newly-formed group. We will also impart what we have learned today to our familes and encourage our OFW members to prepare for their eventual reintegration by planning, saving, and investing,” Porras added.


Ms. Rizza Joy H Mapa, OWWO I, discusses Basic Parliamentary Procedures to the members of the OFC in Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.


Dir. Ron Lionel M. Bartolome elaborates on the Savings Mobilization Concept.


The trainees and OWWA staff during the first day of the training in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.


The OWWA staff and the participants during the second day of training in Jordan, Guimaras.

Guimaras, OWWA honor migrant workers in 1st OFW Night

As part of the month long celebration of Manggahan Festival this year, the Province of Guimaras and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI launched the first OFW Night, a program which salutes overseas Filipino workers in the Mango Capital of the Philippines and their contribution to the Philippine society.


According to Guimaras Governor Hon. Samuel T. Gumarin, the event is dedicated to OFWs and their milestone in staying committed to the progress of the province.


“Guimaras is more than just mangoes – this is what Mangahan Festival promotes. The provincial government continues to strengthen the economic drivers since we believe that it is one way to establish stability of our areas of priority,” Gumarin said.


Mr. Lito dela Banda, Chief Labor and Employment Office of DOLE Region 6, also attended the event and emphasized that OFWs are one of the major contributors to the economic improvement of the province.


“Ang mga OFW daw dito sa Guimaras ay hindi masyadong naririnig pero nararamdaman dahil kayo ay isa sa economic drivers ng probinsya,” dela Banda said.


In addition, OWWA RWO VI launched the Model OFW Family of the Year Awards during the OFW night. Mr. Reynold T. Pigar, OWWA RWO VI Chief of the Programs and Services Division, presented the criteria and mechanics of MOFYA.


He also added that the affair was just the beginning of a grand celebration for OFWs in Guimaras in the future.


“Kagaya ng narinig natin sa mga kanta kanina, ang paglalakbay ng OFW ay walang katapusan dahil sa patuloy na pagtulong natin sa kaunlaran ng buhay ng ating pamilya, n gating probinsya, at n gating bayan. OWWA is committed to support OFWs and their families in Guimaras,” Pigar said.


The event also highlighted performances prepared by members of the Guimaras OFWs and Seaman Multi-purpose Cooperative and the Poblacion Jordan OFW Association. Furthermore, it included an awarding ceremony which recognized three outstanding members of the OFW multi-purpose cooperative.


(L-R Top Row) OWWA RWO VI Staff Jade Love M. Omapas, Family Welfare Officer; Mr. Reynold T. Pigar, Chief PSD; Jean B. Jover, Family Welfare Officer; (L-R Bottom Row) Mr. Bernie Gelardino, Labor and Employment Officer III, Mr. Joselito dela Banda, DOLE Chief Labor and Employment Officer, and PESO Manager Elena Quezon enjoy the festivity for OFWs.


Governor Samuel T. Gumarin addressing the OFWs and OFW families in Guimaras during the OFW Night.


Mr. Reynold Pigar announces the launching of MOFYA.


OFWs and their beneficiaries entertain the spectators with various performances during the OFW Night.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region 7’s long list of achievers and successful board passers continue to soar with the addition of Reeman Clyde N. Mañacap who successfully passed the first Psychometrician Board Examination conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) last  October 28-29, 2014. He was among the 1,290 passers out of the 3,283 examinees in the result that was announced on November 4, 2014.  


Reeman, an OWWA Region 7 EDSP scholar, graduated Cum Laude with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City last year.


Following his success, Reeman admitted that he had received numerous job offers from various prestigious Manila-based companies. However, he opted to forego of the said opportunities and accept the job offer of his Alma Mater to be the Guidance Counselor of Naga National High School, Naga City, Cebu.


Reeman, whose father is a steel fixer in Saudi Arabia, said that he had learned a lot during his internship in college and that he would want to apply his knowledge when he starts working this opening of the school year. He also underscored that he understands very well the challenges of being away from the family, thus, he is more determined to get a job here in the country than leaving for abroad.


The 21-year old EDSP graduate encourages the new scholars to value the assistance that the OWWA has given them and that they must work hard to maintain their scholarship. 


Reeman Clyde Manacap finished his degree in B.S Psychology in 2014 with flying colors.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 7, under its Capability Building Program for OFW Organizations conducted a Strategic Planning and Visioning Workshop to the Marlow Navigation Seafarers’ Wives Association on March 13, 2015 at the OWWA Region 7’s Seminar Room.  


A total of twenty-one (21) officers and members of the organization participated in the activity. They were welcomed by OWWA 7’s Chief of the Programs and Services Division,  Mae D. Codilla.    


In her opening remarks, she underscored the importance of conducting the said activity citing that it serves as guide and aid for the organization to achieve its goal. She also pointed out that each of the members of an organization is capable of giving mutual support to their fellow members and likewise elaborated that dependents that are left behind while the OFW is away, play a significant role in managing the finances of the family.


Each of the members of the Marlow Seafarers’ Wives Association signed the Vision Statement which they formulated during the Strategic Planning and Visioning Workshop facilitated by OWWA 7.


OWWA 7’s Overseas Workers Welfare Officer  II, Dineza G. Espejo facilitated the said workshop and stressed out to the participants the important foundational values necessary in every organization. 


During the said activity, members of the organization actively participated in sharing their inputs and eventually came up with their mission statement for the group. They were also able to come up with a list of activities that they intent to conduct with its corresponding time frame.


OWWA 7’s Overseas Workers Welfare Officer, Dineza G. Espejo facilitated the Strategic Planning and Visioning Workshop to the officers and members of the Marlow Navigation Seafarers’ Wives Association. 

As the activity concluded, participants positively looked forward to achieving the goals they had set for the organization. 


Participants of the seminar actively participated in the group activity.