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RWO IV-A
RWO IV-A PARTAKES in the NATIONAL CELEBRATION of MAYO UNO

01 MAY 2015. In line with the celebration of the Labor Day, RWO IV-A takes pride in giving welfare assistance and delivering OWWA programs and services to the prospective labor market by providing OWWA Helpdesk in the local and international Job fair spearheaded by the city government of Bacoor. The said activity was held at SM Center Molino and was participated by 1,005 job aspirants.

 

The agency’s aim to give full extension of social protection to aspiring labor force who wanted to make a living in the overseas has been realized through information campaign to the audience about the OWWA programs and services and other benefits entitled to OFWs and their dependents. Such endeavor has been recognized by the local government unit and thereby making it necessary to establish OWWA helpdesk in the said fair.

 

RWO IV-A offers immediate assistance and answers to the queries of the OFWs and aspiring OFWs regarding the OWWA benefits such as, welfare assistance, education and training benefits, reintegration program and others.

 

Such information has been deemed helpful by the participants since it has provided them a greater pool of information about the agency and its programs and service which will later arm them in their future endeavor and at the same time for continuous information dissemination among their fellows. It was of a greater concern to the agency to extend such services to the OFWs which will enable them to have a complete grasp about the 25 USD OWWA membership and its corresponding entitlements. Henceforth, they will be delighted by the idea the all throughout the migration stages of an OFW, OWWA is very willing to assist them.

 

It was a fruitful day for everyone since there were 72 applicants who were hired on the spot and there where 8,484 solicited jobs (local and overseas) which will be targeted to filled-up in the next few months.

 

Meanwhile, RWO IV-A also partakes in the live-in summer workshop of Kabalikat ng OFW, Inc. and Kabalikat ng Migranteng Pilipino, Inc. (KAMPI) by sending two dependents/children of distressed OFWs from the CALABARZON region. The said activity aimed at strengthening OFW family through their children by mainstreaming values on OFW realities, healthy family relations and at the same time provides them with certain life skills which they will use in the daily challenges of life being in a migrant family. RWO IV-A send the OFW child representative in the names of Andrei Bigelete and Regine Macato. 


FWO Jacila, in the forefront area of the OFW Help desk.


During the awarding ceremony of the one-day live-in seminar/training

RWO IV-A
OWWA RWO IV-A ASSISTS 196 DISTRESSED OFWs WITH BALIK PINAS

Serving the agency’s role in vigorously extending OWWA programs and services to the migrants workers sector and their families, RWO IV-A aids 196 distressed OFWs thru the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! (BPBH) Program from January to June 2015.

 

The Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program provides a non-cash livelihood support/assistance to returning member-OFWs, active or non-active, who were displaced from their jobs due to wars/political conflicts in host countries, or policy reforms, controls and changes by the host government; or were victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking or other distressful situations. Distressed OFW-applicants must have decided to return to the Philippines for good to be able to avail the said program.

 

The recipients of the said program have undergone techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial development training (EDT) in order to equip them with necessary knowledge and basic skills on how the rollout the initial/additional capital provided to them. They also have been able to construct their own simplified business plans which would help them run and monitor their businesses in the future. After the training, they have received their PhP 10, 000 worth of starter kits/goods for their preferred/existing business.

 

Susan A. Cristobal, one of the recipients of BPBH have said that the program has really helped her to start a new after a very traumatic experience abroad (Okay nga yung Balik Pinas, nakakatulong sya sa amin lalo na’t nakaka-trauma yung nangyari sa akin sa abroad. Kung wala yun, paano na lang?). She also added that she will value OWWA’s help to her and she will try hard to make her sari-sari store flourish. That way she will no longer think of working overseas again.

 

The number of BPBH releases for the half-quarter of 2015 is an additional to the 289 livelihood packages released in 2014. 


Some of the OFW-availees who were given 10K BPBH Livelihood Assistance by OWWA RWO IV-A have ventured on carinderia, dress shop, computer shop, bakery, plastic wares store, peanut butter-making, sari-sari store, photocopying, rice retailing and many others. 

RWO XII
SOCCKSARGEN Celebrates 20th Migrant Workers’ Day with Magnificence

Koronadal City – On Sunday, June 8, 2015, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII (OWWA RWO XII) dished out a magnificent celebration of the 20th Migrant Workers’ Day held at the municipal gymnasium of Polomolok in the province of South Cotabato that elated a total of six hundred (600) participants coming from all over the SOCCSKSARGEN region.

 

With the theme, “Kasanayan sa Paggawa, Proteksyon ng Migranteng Manggagawa”, the RWO XII through the initiative of its OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog gathered 46 active OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in a splendid ceremony of award in recognition of their outstanding involvement in the promotion of the agency’s programs and services.

 

Gracing the occasion was Hon. Alan M. Ines, Municipal Councilor of the Local Government of Polomolok who welcomed the participants with pride and honor as they host the grand celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day in the SOCCSKSARGEN region for the first time.

 

Ms. Ruby Carrasco, Chief of the Department of Labor and Employment XII South Cotabato Field Office (DOLE XII SCFO) also joined the celebration and facilitated the reading of the DOLE Secretary’s Message.

 

A learning session on Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking-in-Person (AIRTIP) was also conducted by Ms. Emerita B. Germo, SLEO of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Koronadal Satellite Office followed by a film showing of successful livelihood projects funded by OWWA under its reintegration programs.

 

Highlighting the activity was the presentation of nominees and announcement of winners in the Search for the Outstanding OFC of the Year Award.

 

According to Sumalinog this year’s celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day features the OFW Family Circles (OFCs) who in one way or another have shown exemplary performance in upholding the association’s goals in line with the agency’s thrust.

 

For so long a time, we had prepared various fun-filled activities and exciting surprises in the celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day for our beloved Filipino Migrant Workers, our modern day and economic heroes, and their families. This time we’re taking it to another level in which we wanted to recognize the meritorious effort of our OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in sustaining their livelihood project funded by OWWA under various Reintegration Programs while keeping their organization active and intact.”, she added.

 

Special Awards in the individual category includes (a) Outstanding OFC Member of the Year (b) Leadership Award (c) Excellence in Community Involvement (d) Outstanding New OFC Member and (e) Oldest OFC Member. Group category on the other hand includes (a) Excellence in Community Involvement (b) Special Award in Community Service (c) Most Promising OFC and (d) Outstanding OFC of the Year Award.

 

Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association of Maitum, Sarangani Province was hailed victor of the 2015 Search for Outstanding OFC of the Year Award.


Figure 1. Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association posed with glee as they receive the plaque of award for Outstanding OFC of the Year.

 

Meanwhile, some participating OFCs who witnessed the ceremony shared that they were greatly overwhelmed by the recognition conferred to the OFCs and expressed their desire to join the search in the succeeding year.


Figure 2. The Regional Welfare Office XII staff headed by OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog surprised the crowd with a special number, an astonishing song performance.

 

Migrant Workers’ Day is being celebrated annually to commemorate the signing into law of the “Migrant Workers’ Act of 1995” also known as Republic Act 8042.

RWO I
In Region I, OFWs Come Home and Put Up Livelihood

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Region I who have experienced distress and displacement abroad are now back in the homeland, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) help them generate income through Livelihood Assistance.

 

Through the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program, The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I has already extended support to 112 OFW-returnees in the region for the period of January-May 2015. A total of P1,152,083 has been expended for the implementation of the program.

 

The OWWA BPBH Program is a non-cash Livelihood Support to provide immediate assistance to returning active and inactive OWWA members who were displaced from their jobs abroad. The P10,000 Livelihood Assistance package consists of techno-skills and entrepreneurial development training, and Livelihood Starter Kits which enable the beneficiaries to quickly start a livelihood undertaking.

 

In Pangasinan, 77 OFW-returnees have benefited from the program. One of them is Trinie T. Mauro, who worked as a Household Service Worker in Abu Dhabi, UAE for 25 years. The OFW-returnee who hails from Urdaneta City received her starter kits from OWWA on March 27, 2015. She used the P10,000- worth of items to develop her small-time carinderia, which now earns her around P15,000 monthly.

 

Meanwhile, there are 34 beneficiaries from La Union and one from Ilocos Norte. In Ilocos Sur, 15 beneficiaries have now undergone skills training, and their starter kits are set to be released this June.

 

The other beneficiaries of the program chose to engage in various business ventures, which include hog raising, poultry, rice trading, bakery, vulcanizing shop, among others. All of them went through appropriate technical trainings to educate them on how to properly run and sustain their livelihoods, and these were possible through partnership of OWWA RWOI with training institutions like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

 

As the OWWA RWOI officers led by OIC Rhoda Nilda Placida R. Lee release the starter kits to the OFW-returnees, they also send them hope that through the BPBH Reintegration Program, they won’t have to leave the country and their families again. 


OWWA RWOI OIC Rhoda Lee (left) wishes OFW-Returnee Jasmin Sorredo of Santol, La Union all the best as she puts up her rice-trading business through the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program of OWWA.


Three (3) beneficiaries from Pangasinan check the oven machines  as OWWA RWOI OIC-PSD Gerardo Rimorin (second from left) looks on. The OFW-returnees put up their own bakeries with the machines they received through the BHBP Program. 


OFW-returnees in Region I tend the livestock turned over to them by the OWWA through the Balik-Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program. They also received sacks of feeds as supplements to their starter kits for the livelihoods. 


BPBH Beneficiaries from Pangasinan show excitement  to start their livelihoods as they finish the Techno-skills Training given by OWWA and its partners from training institutions, to prepare them well in their business undertakings. Also in photo are (seated from left to right): Pangasinan FWO Khristian Paul Maglaya; Mr. Elizardo Laureta, Pangasinan PESO Officer; Ms. Dolly Ann Camacho, BPBH Program Coordinator of OWWA RWOI; Dr. Jerrim Blanco, Pangasinan District II Veterinarian; and Mr. Christopher Dioquino, Pangasinan Migrant Desk Officer.


OFW-Returnee Trinie T. Mauro  of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan is keen at making her carinderia prosper, thanks to the OWWA Balik-Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program.

RWO I
OWWA Region I Joins 2015 Kalayaan Jobs Fairs

As the country commemorated the 117th Philippine Independence Day last June 12, 2015, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Region Welfare Office I has sought ways to  make the celebration meaningful especially for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families residing in the region.

 

Through the 2015 Kalayaan Jobs Fairs organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office I, the OWWA RWOI was able to extend assistance to its clientele who came in to pay for their OWWA membership fees, inquire about the services of OWWA, and submit applications and other requirements for OWWA programs.

 

The DOLE Region I held four jobs fairs in celebration of the Independence Day on June 12 in the following venues: Candon Civic Center, Candon City, Ilocos Sur; Manna Mall, City of San Fernando, La Union; Nepo Mall, Dagupan City; and, CB Mall, Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. A pre-kalayaan jobs fair was also held on June 11 at SM City Rosales, Pangasinan.

 

The Kalayaan Jobs Fairs also featured one-stop shop government services, where OWWA took part along with the other DOLE partners namely the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Professional Regulation Commission, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Tripartite, Wages and Productivity Board, National Labor Relations Commission, Social Security System, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Philippine Red Cross.

 

There were 589 applicants who got hired on-the-spot, while another 2, 814 were referred for further interview. The Jobs Fairs have pooled more than 20,000 job vacancies from 153 participating employers. 


OWWA RWOI OIC-PSD Gerardo Rimorin and La Union FWO Vera Andrei O. Ladio assist clients during the 2015 Kalayaan Jobs Fair at Manna Mall, City of San Fernando, La Union organized by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office I, in commemoration of the 117th Philippine Independence on June 12, 2015.


OWWA RWOI personnel Ms. Aprila C. Bisquera and Ms. Virna P. Agbayani  assist clients during the 2015 Kalayaan Jobs Fair at Candon Civic Center, Candon City, Ilocos Sur organized by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office I, in commemoration of the 117th Philippine Independence on June 12, 2015.


Showing reverence to the Philippine flag, guests and participants during the 2015 Kalayaan Jobs Fair in Candon Civic Center, Candon City, Ilocos Sur in June 12, 2015 begin the day with a heartfelt singing of the national anthem in commemoration of the 117th Philippine Indepedence Day. The opening program was graced by Cong. Eric D. Singson of the 2nd District of Ilocos Sur, Candon City Mayor Ericson G. Singson, and Dir. Grace Y. Ursua of DOLE Region I.

RWO IV-B
Mogpog LGU awards OWWA MIMAROPA and Mogpog OFW/Family Association for bringing services to the people

During the 117th Philippine Independence Day, the Municipality of Mogpog commended the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office No. IV-B (OWWA IV-B) and the Mogpog OFW/Family Association for their contribution to the community of Mogpog by organizing the 2015 Araw ng Pasasalamat. The event was held at Mogpog Municipal Gymnasium, Mogpog, Marinduque last June 7, 2015 which brought medical, dental, legal, welfare, and wellness services to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) of Marinduque through their respective OFW Family Circles (OFCs). The said event was a thanksgiving to our migrant workers who contribute to the development of their families and their communities. Mogpog Municipal Mayor Senen Livelo expressed his gratitude to OWWA and the OFCs of Marinduque for making the event possible and for bringing the services to the OFWs of the province, especially to the town of Mogpog. The Municipal Mayor also looks forward to the future community projects slated by the OFCs and OWWA. Dr. Edzel Muhi of the Philippine Medical Association – Marinduque chapter also congratulates OWWA and Marinduque OFCs for their organized event which he said “(the event) benefitted the OFW community of Marinduque”.

 

The Mogpog OFW/Family Association also offered a bouquet of flowers to the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal to symbolize their honor to our national heroes which has served as their inspiration to continue uplifting the lives of their community as active citizens and new heroes of the nation. 

 

Ms. Venus G. Narvaez, Family Welfare Officer of OWWA IV-B, together with the Mogpog OFW/Family Association received an appreciation award for their efforts to the community development of Mogpog, and for bringing quality service to the OFWs of the municipality.

RWO IV-B
OWWA celebrates 20th Migrant Workers Day with Marinduque OFCs

Despite the rain, it has served as a blessing to the hundreds of OFWs and their families who flocked to the Mogpog Municipal Gymnasium at Mogpog, Marinduque to celebrate the Migrant Workers Day last June 7, 2015.

 

Dubbed by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) as Araw ng Pasasalamat, the special day commemorates the valuable contributions of the migrant workers to the national development efforts by giving thanksgiving activities to them through their respective OFW Family Circles (OFCs).

 

With the theme “Alay sa Iyo OFW: Kalusugan at Karapatan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”, the Regional Welfare Office No. IV-B spearheaded the celebration through  a thanksgiving mass together with the officers of the Marinduque OFW Family Circles followed by medical and dental mission, legal and welfare assistance, and wellness activities such as hairdressing, massage therapy, and nail spa. The said services were provided free to the 650 participants from the OFCs of Marinduque with the assistance of the Marinduque Chapters of the Philippine Medical Association and Philippine Dental Association, Marinduque Provincial Public Attorney’s Office, Provincial Government of Marinduque, Provincial and Municipal OWWA Desk Officers, and Local Government Units of Mogpog, Boac, Gasan, and Buenavista.

 

 

The event also showcased the skills of Marinduqueños, in which, volunteer hairstylists, nail technologists, and the Hwalindo-Hwalgido International Therapy Healing Mission provided their services as their thanksgiving to the OFWs. 

 

 

The OFCs of Marinduque also sponsored a blood donation drive as their symbolic pact of solidarity in their aim for community involvement and improvement.

 

 

Director Allan A. Ignacio of RWO IV-B, reiterated the importance of the day. “Through this event, we give honor to our OFWs who diligently worked and contributed to our country’s development. I am very glad to see that the spirit of bayanihan and volunteerism is very much alive in the OFCs, whom, even if OFWs themselves, wishes to recognize their fellow OFWs. Your sacrifices will not be in naught as OWWA, OFCs, and LGUs work together to continually promote the rights, well-being and welfare of migrant workers”. 

 

 

The event was well received by the participants and appreciated the gesture of the Regional Welfare Office in their special day. “We are honored not only to participate, but also to co-organize this event for our fellow OFWs and their families. This enables us to thank them, as our organization envisions for the better future of Marinduque and our community. We are aiming to help ourselves through our unity, with the guide of OWWA, in uplifting our lives so we will never have to part with our family again. This event is a step for us to change and develop our community”.  Mogpog OFW/Family Association Vice-President Ms. Teodora Dy said during the event.
 

Meanwhile, the Province of Marinduque and the Municipality of Mogpog pledged for the strengthening and support of the provincial and local government units to OWWA’s mandate of protecting the rights and welfare of the migrant workers by working side-by-side with OWWA and the OFCs, supplementing OWWA’s programs which will aid them to face migration realities and their reintegration. 

 

The smiles of the OFWs and their families and the improvement of their welfare and well-being are rightful thanks to our OFWs as OWWA cares for them.

 

The OWWA salutes all Overseas Filipino Workers and their families this Migrant Workers Day. 

RWO CARAGA
20th Migrant Workers Day brings merriment to OFW families

Butuan City (June 10, 2015) – Anchored on the theme, “Kasanayan at Husay sa Paggawa, Proteksyon ng Migranteng Manggagawa,” the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration brought merriment and a meaningful commemoration of the 20th Migrant Workers Day to the participating OFWs and their families on Sunday, June 7 at Surigao del Norte Provincial Gymnasium, Surigao City.

 

Around 650 overseas workers and their families coming from various municipalities of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Island Province joined in the celebration intended to pay tribute and recognize the valuable contributions of OFWs to the country’s economy.

 

 The event started with a motorcade around the streets of Surigao City which was participated in by OFW Family Circles (OFC) from various municipalities, Local Government Unit delegates, members of Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA) and other social partners.

 

As an opening salvo of the program, Marieta Lumawag, OWWO V, rendered a song of prayer followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

 

Moreover, OWWA regional director Samuel Madrid read the message of OWWA Administrator Rebecca Calzado recognizing the skills and expertise of OFWs in line with their endeavor overseas which has not only contributed to the development and growth of the country they are serving but has also greatly helped in the economic growth of their own country through the remittances they send to their families. 

 

According to Madrid, the administrator also expressed that even with the short span of an OFW’s overseas employability, OWWA is there to provide various programs and services in response to their needs as well as of their families.

 

Nancy Jacinto, regional coordinator of National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) also conveyed the message of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz citing the DOLE’s interventions and efforts during the last 5 years in order to protect and promote the rights, benefits and welfare of OFWs, who are treated not only as modern day heroes, but as authentic partners in nation-building.

 

Honored guests during said event, Hon. Ernesto Matugas, Surigao City mayor and Hon. Carlos Egay Jr., Surigao del Norte Provincial Vice-Governor also expressed their heartwarming greetings to the OFWs and their families who joined in commemorating the migrant workers day.

 

“It is very heartwarming to be with our modern day heroes and their families, the very people who have sacrificed to be able to help and support their families and in the process also help our country,” articulated Mayor Matugas.

 

Likewise Egay asserted, “I salute our modern day heroes, the Overseas Filipino Workers for rendering service beyond the usual despite the long distance.”

 

Among the highlights of the event was the release of financial assistance to OWWA scholars under OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) and fun-filled activities such as parlor games, raffle draws with exciting prizes for giveaways including grocery items, household appliances and school supplies.

 

An entertaining dance competition in which five (5) active OFCs participated, of which the OFC from Dinagat municipality was hailed as the champion, showcased not only talents of each group but also their cooperation and creativity.

 

Likewise, OWWA Caraga’s social partners were recognized for their noteworthy involvement in the event and for facilitating an orientation on livelihood undertakings and encouraging saving for future investments among OFWs and their families. 

 

Surigao del Norte Vice-Governor Carlos Egay Jr. and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas hand over the financial assistance to OWWA ODSP scholars

The winning dance moves of Dinagat OFC members

Dinagat OFC members receive their cash prize for winning the dance competition

Raffles draw winners claim their winning items

OFW dependents receive school supplies during the celebration of the 20th Migrant Workers Day

RWO I
OWWA, LGU Agoo in La Union Establish Migrant Desks in the Barangays

Recognizing the vital role of the barangay in bringing government programs and services closer to the people, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Municipal Government of Agoo, La Union have partnered to establish Migrant Desks in the 49 barangays of the town.

 

In the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I and the LGU Agoo on June 4, 2015, the Barangay Migrant Desks shall be established to help provide immediate and appropriate assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families residing in the local communities.

 

This creation of 49 Migrant Desks is the first in Region I, and LGU Agoo led by Mayor Sandra Y. Eriguel is hopeful that this will make addressing of OFW concerns more effective and efficient.  “This will also improve our ties and relations to our constituents who now work abroad for greener pastures,” said by Hon. Erwina C. Eriguel, Agoo Councilor and ABC President.

 

The 49 Barangay Chairpersons also came in to sign in the MOA, and Ms. Annabelle J. Tatad, Agoo Migrant Desk Officer, oriented them about their responsibilities in this historic activity.

 

Meanwhile, the OWWA RWOI also expressed gratitude to the municipal government for taking the lead in this noble undertaking, and hoped that more LGUs in the region will follow suit. “Through the Barangay Migrant Desks, we hope that we can now bring OWWA Programs and Services closer to the our clientele in Agoo,” Mr. Ronaldo De Vera, OWWA RWOI Administrative Officer, remarked. Ms. Vera Andrei O. Ladio, Family Welfare Officer for La Union, also presented Updates on OWWA Programs and Services.

 

In the MOA, the 49 barangays of Agoo will each have an assigned personnel to serve as the focal person for the Barangay Migrant Desk. The OWWA RWOI will regularly provide orientation to these personnel on the procedures and processes in the availing of  OWWA Programs and Services, and other guidelines necessary for the swift delivery of these services. The OWWA will also conduct regular consultation and monitoring of the Barangay Migrant Desks for immediate clarification and resolution on issues and concerns raised by the clients.

 

On the other hand, the Barangay Migrant Desks shall provide immediate assistance to OFWs and their families in their area, and in sensitive instances such as welfare case management, may refer clients directly to the OWWA and/or the LGU for technical and appropriate assistance. 

 

 Hon. Councilor Erwina C. Eriguel (in yellow) of the Municipal Government of Agoo and Mr. Ronaldo De Vera (in blue) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I pre-sign in the Memorandum of Agreement which provides for the creation of Barangay Migrant Desks in the 49 Barangays in Agoo. 

La Union FWO Vera Andrei O. Orcino and Mr. Ronaldo De Vera, Administrative Officer of the OWWA RWOI discuss on OWWA Programs and Services to the 49 Barangay Chairpersons of Agoo, La Union, in view of the creation of the migrant desks in their respective barangays. 

RWO VI
Educational Migrant Workers Day 2015 promoted in Western Visayas

Seminars on First Aid and Health and Wellness highlighted this year’s Migrant workers Day, as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI opted for a more informative celebration of the annual event for overseas Filipino workers.

 

According to Regional Director Ron Lionel M. Bartolome, this year’s celebration, which was anchored on the theme, Kasanayan at Husay sa Paggawa, Proteksyon ng Migranteng Mangagawa, also served as  a consolidating activity for the OFW Family Circles in the region as it is conducted in three separate areas namely, Pototan, Iloilo; Joradn, Guimaras; and Talisay City.

 

“Ngayon po ay iniba po natin ang format, hindi gaya noong araw na puro saya lang. Tinangal na natin yung format na walang katapusang pa-contest at raffle draw. Ngayon ay ginagawa nating mas malaman, may aral, at makabuluhan ang ating selebrasyon,” Bartolome said.

 

Ms. Jocelyn O. Hapal, Director of the Overseas Office Coordinating Services in OWWA Central Office, graced the activities in Guimaras and Pototan and delivered a message on behalf of OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado.

 

She also revealed why the Migrant Workers Day is celebrated all over the world by Filipinos. “Noong pong panahon ni Flor Contemplacion nabuhay ang Migrant Workers Act at taon-taon po nating pinagdidiwang ang Migrant Workers Day dahil ito po ay nagpapaalala sa atin ng batas na nagbibigan ng proteksyon sa mga OFWs at ng kanilang pamilya,” Hapal said.

 

For  the celebration in Guimaras and Iloilo, participants were presented with an orientation on Health and Wellness by Ms. Hera B. Lamzon, a registered nurse. Topics included Healthy Living, Heat Stroke, High Blood Pressure, and MERSCov.

 

Meanwhile in Talisay City Negros Occidental, Mr. James B. Mendiola, OWWA RWO VI Supervising Administrative Officer, read the message on behalf of the OWWA administrator and also urged the OFCs in Talisay City to strengthen their ranks.

 

Members of the United OFWs of Talisay City listened to a lecture and demonstration on Basic First Aid by Mr. Alberto C. Seballos and Ramon S. Dionson, representatives from the Philippine Red Cross – Bacolod City Chapter. In addition, Mr. Nico J. Gumban, lifestyle manager and trainer, discussed Healthy Living and gave a basic exercise routine for the participants.

 

More than 300 members of OFCs in Guimaras, Iloilo, and Talisay City took part in the celebration and a  total of 180 four-kilo bags of rice were given away in the raffle draws during the Migrant Workers Day 2015.

 

2015 Migrant Workers Day Celebration in Jordan, Guimaras.

2015 Migrant Workers Day Celebration in Pototan, Iloilo.

2015 Migrant Workers Day Celebration in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

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