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Tuloy Aral Scholar continues to inspire by being an achiever

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is the lead agency that makes sure each OFW is protected from the time they go out of the country. Many OFWs retire and ask…what happened to my contributions?


Aside from taking care of OFWs abroad, OWWA also makes sure that their dependents are well taken care of through provision of scholarship grants.


One of the Scholarship Programs OWWA gives to deserving dependents is the Tuloy-Aral Project which aims to enable  less-fortunate OFW dependents in the Philippines to continue their elementary, high school, and college education. The Program is made possible with the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the OWWA Regional Offices, who search for dependents of distressed /former OFWs who are hardly able to continue with their education.


One of the chosen Tuloy-Aral beneficiaries in the National Capital Region is   Ms. Stella Marie Merced of Las Piñas City, a daughter of former OFW Edmundo G. Merced who worked in Saudi Arabia for a construction company.


“Natutuwa ako dahil nabigyan ako ng chance na maging scholar ng OWWA kahit nagretiro na ang tatay ko bilang OFW. Hanggang ngayon napi-feel ko yung pagiging OFW ng tatay ko kahit may sakit na siya.  Kung hindi siya naging OFW, hindi siguro ako matutulungan ng Tuloy-Aral Project ng OWWA habang nag-aaral ako.”


Stella Marie’s mother Salvacion Merced, is also happy for the scholarship grant her daughter received from OWWA.


Masaya ako at natulungan pa rin kami ng OWWA kahit matagal nang hindi OFW ang mister ko. Masaya ako sa mga natatamasa ngayon ng anak ko, ang hiling ko lang ay sana magtapos siya ng pag-aaral, kasi wala naman kaming ibang maipapamana ng tatay niya sa kanya, kung hindi yung kaalaman na makukuha niya sa pag-aaral.”


Stella Marie Merced is now on her 5th year in college taking up Accountancy at Dr. Filemon C. Aguilar Memorial College of Las Piñas. She is a consistent dean’s lister and a beauty pageant title holder in her hometown of Las Piñas City.

OWWA RWO IV-A's IT Tulay Program Goes Mobile

14 August 2015, Pililia, Rizal. Aiming to bridge the communication gap between OFWs and their dependents, OWWA RWO IV-A’s IT-Tulay Program reaches out to the seventeen (17) OFW Family Circle members to conduct free information technology training.


OWWA RWO IV-A is vigorously realizing the agency’s thrust to reach the grassroots and to effectively deliver responsive OWWA programs and services through community outreach trainings and seminars including the conduct of the aforementioned activity. The participants were given computer courses on Computer Fundamentals, Microsoft Access 2013 and Microsoft Excel 2013) which enabled them to upgrade their IT skills; thereby giving them access to the fast-paced technological advancements.


OWWA IT-Tulay program also includes courses on Microsoft PowerPoint2013, Web Design Fundamentals, Internet and World Wide Web Fundamentals, and Digital Media Fundamentals. These courses can be used not just for their own personal consumption (i.e. employment, self-development, etc.) but also essential for the OFC’s organizational development in terms of communication, data management and file/record keeping.


The participants expressed their heartfelt gratitude to OWWA RWO IV-A for bringing the IT Tulay Program in their place. They were enthusiastic with the given opportunity to be at par with the emerging trends of information technology. The whole day seminar was filled with lectures, discussions and questions which showed the eagerness of the participants to learn and acquire new knowledge and skills. Some are also taking their notes s they can still remember the lessons even after the training.


This activity is part of the series of free IT Training reaching out the OFWs and OFW dependents in Rizal province. It was preceded by the conduct of free IT training held at San Mateo, Rizal participated by fifteen (15) OFC members.

IT Instructor Allen Cruzata lectures on Computer Fundamentals to the participants of the Free IT Training held at Pililia, Rizal on 14 August 2015.

Some participants from Pililia, Rizal diligently working and taking notes on their training exercises and activities.

IT Instructor Allen Cruzata and the participants from San Mateo Rizal show equal enthusiasm in learning the basics of Microsoft Office Word 2013. 

IT Instructor Allen Cruzata assists former OFW/participant during the free IT training in San Mateo, Rizal.

OWWA RWO IV-A's Best OFC Guests in MYPA 2015

July 15-16, 2015. OFW Daine 1 and 2 Association participates in the recently concluded Mid-Year Performace Assessment 2015 held at Sol Y Viento Mountain Hot Springs and Resort, Makiling Heights, Pansol, Calmaba, Laguna on. The said event was attended by OWWA Officials led by Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado and Deputy Administrator Josefino I. Torres. Present also were the OFC’s Officers: Marilyn Ligot (Treasurer), Teresita Rosanes (Vice President for Finance), Shirley Pagkaliwangan (Executive Secretary), and Celesty Garcia (Assistant Secretary).


Being hailed as 2014 National Best OFW Family Circle, OFC leaders serve as guest speakers tackling the topic, “What makes for an Effective OFC?” The audio visual presentation of the OFC’s activities and programs and Buhay OFW clip were presented to the audience in order to give a brief overview of the OFC’s events since its establishment in 2006.


Open forum was also conducted paving way for the questions and recommendations of the audience. When asked about their vision in the next five years, they said that they are looking forward for more fruitful years having quality OFC members with continuous livelihood programs and organizational activities. They, moreover, expressed their heartfelt gratitude to OWWA RWO IV-A for its continuous assistance and likewise requested further support in achieving their 5-year vision. They are recognizing the fact that everything was made possible with OWWA’s assistance to their organizational endeavors.


The leaders further relayed that they have not experienced any money management/handling problem which is the usual problem of all OFW Family Circles. OFW Daine 1 and 2 Association officers and the members are very eager to keep and secure their money. They are all willing to contribute for the greater good of the organization and its members. Moreover, they are confident to be audited anytime for, according to them, every single centavo is actually recorded and accounted. From this, the OFC was given the advice of depositing their money under the OFC’s account for security purposes which they greatly consider.


When asked about the secret to becoming the best OFC, Ms. Ligot said that there is no secret at all. It is just in the right timing that the then FWO approached the right persons that are enthusiastic in organizing the OFW families in their place. More than that, they are equally blessed to have supportive members and diligent officers who are hand-in-hand working for the organization.


With this, OFW Daine 1 and 2 Association were commended by OWWA officials and Regional Directors with their unyielding support to OWWA and its advocacy of serving the interest of the migrant workers sector.

(From left to right) OWWO III Avelina Sheryl Briton-Caya, RWO IV-A OIC Julia F. Fabian, OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado, and (First from Right) OWWA Deputy Administrator Josefino I. Torres awards the Certificate of Appreciation to OFW Daine 1 and 2 Officers, Celesty Gracia, Shirley Pagkaliwangan, Teresita Rosanes and Marilyn Ligot (Photo by OWWA ASMD).

OFW Daine 1 and 2 Association Tresurer, Marilyn Ligot gladly responds to the questions about being an effective OFW Family Circle (Photo by OWWA ASMD).

OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado commends the OFW Daine 1 and 2 Association Officers for an insightful presentation and for giving ample efforts in promoting the interest of the OFWs and their dependents through their organization (Photo by OWWA ASMD).

OWWA Deputy Administrator Josefino I. Torres asks the OFW Daine 1 and 2 Association Officers about their five-year vision for the organization (Photo by OWWA ASMD).

OWWA IV-B strengthens livelihood programs; conducts joint monitoring activity with the Commission on Audit

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office IV-B (OWWA MIMAROPA), together with a team from the Commission on Audit (COA), conducted a joint-monitoring activity last July 23 – 25, 2015 at the province of Palawan to strengthen OWWA MIMAROPA’s livelihood and reintegration programs.


Ms. Aquilina C. Tarrobago, chief of the Programs and Services Division of OWWA MIMAROPA lead the team and joined by the personnel of OWWA and representatives from the COA. Together, they interviewed previous availees of OWWA’s livelihood and reintegration programs to know the needs of the OFW communities in the province, and ensure that the Regional Welfare Office continuously delivers quality programs and services for them.


OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado stressed the importance of reintegration programs for OFWs who decided to go back home. “OWWA recognizes that reintegration is an important component of the migration cycle, and we ensure that OWWA has strengthened programs and services that our OFW Family Circles need”, she stated.


Program recipients were surprised but satisfied with OWWA’s intensive monitoring activity for the strengthening of the delivery of programs and services for them. “Talagang masasabi ko na hindi kami pinababayaan ng OWWA at nagpapasalamat ako sa ating pamahalaan na meron pa ring programang ganito para sa amin... kahit na kami ay nakabalik na dito sa bansa, para kaming binigyan ng panibagong buhay”, one of the beneficiaries said. 


“Through monitoring and devising implementation plans for our programs and services, OWWA commits itself to genuine care for our OFWs and their families, and determining what they need at the community level”, OWWA MIMAROPA Regional Director Allan A. Ignacio added.

Pamilyang OFW, kayang kaya! Mrs. Lopezaina Cayetano (center), wife of OFW Allan Cayetano, together with the monitoring team. She was surprised, yet satisfied of OWWA’s initiative to know how they have been since they availed of OWWA’s reintegration programs. With the intensified program monitoring and evaluation efforts of OWWA MIMAROPA, the Regional Welfare Office delivers quality programs and services for OFWs.

OWWA scholar in ARMM top 9 in the Social Worker board exams

A scholar of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is among the Top 10 passers of the recent Social Worker Licensure Examinations.


On Monday, August 3, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) officially released the complete list of passers where 9th placer Hubaib Mundas Midtemeg of Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC)  obtained a rating of 84.50%.


Hubaib Mundas Midtemeg, who finished BS Social Work last year at CCSPC belongs to the first batch of OWWA-ARMM scholars under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) which started in SY 2010-2011.


Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz immediately extended her warmth congratulations for Mr. Midtemeg and his family.


For her part, OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado said that Mr. Midtemeg’s achievement is once again a proof that OWWA scholars can excel in their respective fields of discipline with the help of educational assistance we are providing.


OWWA-ARMM OIC-Director Habib G. Malik expressed pride and honor of Midtemeg’s achievement.


“We congratulate Hubaib Midtemeg and his proud parents for being top 9 in the recent Social Worker Licensure Examinations. We hope that this achievement can be an inspiration to his fellow OWWA scholars to strive hard and aim for excellence,” Malik said.


Hubaib Midtemeg is the 4th child of Enok and Sinar Midtemeg from Poblacion 1, Parang, Maguindanao. His mother Sinar Midtemeg owns a sari-sari-sari store which helps in their daily needs.  His sister Guailita Midtemeg works as a household service worker in the United Arab Emirates enabling him to be an OWWA scholar.


In his 4 years in college, Midtemeg was entitled to a financial assistance of Php 20,000/year or Php 10,000/semester which covers tuition fees and other academic-related expenses.


Midtemeg said he is thankful to OWWA for its support throughout his college life, not only financially, but also through its activities for scholars such as learning support mechanisms.


Currently, Midtemeg hopes to get a job, preferably in an institution which serves OFWs like OWWA, not only to help in his family’s finances but also reach out to family of OFWs like him.


List of July 2015 Social Worker Exam Passers

National Capital Region
Two EDSP Scholars from NCR attends Nevada Convention

The Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) commends two Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) scholars who participated in the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) held on July 26-30, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.


Ms. Klarissa Mai M. Lasala and Ms. Nikole Andrei Mallare, EDSP scholars from the National Capital Region, presented their respective research papers at the said event.         


Their papers were submitted by the UP Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (UP-DIEOR) to the AFHE organizers and were later on selected from thousands of entries worldwide for presentation to an international audience at the Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.


Klarissa and her group of 5th year Industrial Engineering students from the University of the Philippines at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, presented their paper entitled, “Designing an Ergonomic Chair for Pedicurists and Manicurists in Quezon City.”


The research aims to benefit pedicurists and manicurists who are often in an awkward position while performing their service to their clients.


“Our chair design seeks to give comfort to people who comfort their clients.” said Klarissa.


Ms. Nikole Andrei Mallare and her group of 4th year Industrial Engineering students also from the University of the Philippines- Diliman also presented their paper entitled---“System Assessment of the Legibility of the Handwriting in Medical Prescriptions of Doctors from Public and Private Hospitals in Quezon City, Philippines.


The research aims to help patients better understand what the doctors write in their prescriptions.


“We would like to continue our project by designing a software that will allow hospitals to implement a cheap, user friendly, and reliable electronic [prescription] system.” Nikole shared.


Klarissa and Nikole look forward to getting support from international research institutions for the progress of their research.


The Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) is a scholarship grant available to qualified dependents of active OWWA member OFWs who shall enroll in any 4 to 5 year baccalaureate course in any CHED accredited school anywhere in the country.

EDSP scholar Klarissa Mai M. Lasala

OWWA RWO VI training series promote financial wellness to OFCs in Capiz

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI promoted financial wellness to two OFW family circles in the province of Capiz through its Values Formation, Financial Literacy, Savings Mobilization, and Organizational Development Trainings.


A total of twenty six members of the Sapian OFW and Family Members Association and twenty six OFW beneficiaries of Arriba Ivisan OFW and Family Association availed of said series of financial learning courses last June 25 and 26, respectively.


The organizational development trainings tackled capacity building for members and leaders of OFCs, which included topics on proper conduct of a meeting, preparation of the minutes of meeting, and basic parliamentary procedures.


An Introduction to Bookkeeping course was also given to the members who are planning to undergo in a business venture.


Participants were grateful to gain a deeper understanding on managing finances, saving for the future, and identifying wise investments and other business opportunities.

An OFC member of Sapian OFW Family and Members Association discusses her group’s Savings Development Action Plan during the Savings Mobilization orientation.

Mr. James B. Mendiola, Supervising Administrative Officer of OWWA RWO VI, shares basic concepts of bookkeeping to members of the Arriba Ivisan OFW and Family Association.

Members of the (top) Sapian OFW and Family Members Association and (bottom) and Arriba Ivisan OFW and Family Association with the OWWA staff.

OWWA RWO VI conducts Training on Ice Cream Making

Aiming to provide additional livelihood opportunities to  its OFW family circle, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI conducted a Training on Ice Cream Making to members of Poblacion Jordan OFW Association (PJOFWA) in Guimaras.


This was after holding a training series on Financial Literacy and Savings Mobilization  to the same organization just last May.


The training featured homemade ice cream preparation using the most abundant fruits found in the province, namely mangoes, jackfruits, and cocunuts.


Miss Dinah Mae C. Bandiola, Head of Jobs Information Center and Trainer at the Provincial Training and Enterprise Development Center, served as the resource speaker and workshop demonstrator.


Besides showing proper way of making homemade ice cream, Bandiola also gave pointers on how to package and sell the finished products and shared ideas on making ice cream drops and ice candy ice cream.


Ms. Brenda Porras, president of PJOFWA, said that they are considering to make ice cream making as their group livelihood dproject.


“We truly appreciate that OWWA Region 6 facilitated another training for our organization. The group already planned for possible business ventures that we can engage in like selling ice cream to schools around the area,” Porras said.


“Next time we will also try to learn how to prepare dirty ice cream,” she added.


A total of twenty seven OFC members joined the training, which yielded three different flavors of one gallon  ice cream.

Trainees in action during the Ice Cream Making training.

Members of Poblacion Jordan OFW Association (PJOFWA) who attended the training.

OFC members in Iloilo avail OWWA's Basic Computer Training

Mostly in their 40s, the OFW family circle members of the St. Joseph Movement for Migrants and Their Families in Pototan, Iloilo know that being technologically savvy is not their strong suit.


But being a member of an OFW family, they admit that the technological hurdle is something that they need to overcome in order to maintain open communication with their family members abroad in the digital age.


So when the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI, in partnership with the West Visayas State University – Pototan Campus, conducted a two-day Basic Computer Training in Pototan, Iloilo on June 13 and 14, the members of the OFC grabbed the opportunity to learn the basic operations and applications of a computer.


Ms. Menadel Papna, one of the participants of the training, considered the skills she gained as an important learning that will help mediate the gap between OFW families, being a wife of an aluminum installer in Kuwait herself.


“We are thankful that we now know how to use the computer and its basic software. We are also excited to access and use our Facebook accounts to communicate with our loved ones abroad,” Papna said.


OWWA RWO VI I.T. Instructors Ricky Cordova and Marvin Reid Abellon facilitated the OFC members during the training.


Cordova discussed Computer Fundamentals and Application Software wherein the participants were taught how to boot a computer, how to type, and how to use basic software like MS Workd, MS Powerpoint, and MS Excel. An introduction course on the world wide web or internet was also covered.


A total of twenty members availed of the training which was held in the computer laboratory of WVSU – Pototan Campus.

Members of the OFC in Pototan, Iloilo practice using the keyboard in the typing activity of the Basic Computer Training.

(Top) Cordova discusses computer fundamentals to participants; (bottom)   Meanwhile, Abellon assists an OFW beneficiary during the typing activity.

Members of St. Joseph Movement for Migrants and Their Families in Pototan, Iloilo take a pose after the two-day activity.

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.