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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.

National Capital Region
Tailor-made chances-a Balik Pinas-Balik Hanapbuhay Success Story

Former OFW Mauren Veril, 36, of Muntinlupa City worked as a household service worker in Dubai from October 2013 up to April 2014. Due to non-payment of wage and mistreatment by her female employer, she sought the help of OWWA-Dubai and requested for repatriation assistance. She arrived in the Philippines on 15 April 2014.

 

“Mabait po ang employer kong lalaki, hindi lang ako okay sa amo kong babae. Hinold po niya ang sweldo ko ng limang buwan. Mabuti na lang po at agad akong natulungan ng OWWA na makauwi ng Pilipinas.” recounted Mauren.

 

Few weeks after her return to the country, Mauren availed of OWWA’s “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program.” Under the program, she underwent skills training on Basic Tailoring and received a starter kit composed of sewing machine, garments, scissors, tape measure, thread, and needles.  She also attended the Entrepreneurial Development Training conducted by the Regional Welfare Office-National capital Region (RWO-NCR).

 

“The series of training is designed to prepare our program beneficiaries in their eventual venture to self-employment.” said Director Emma V. Sinclair, Regional Director, RWO-NCR.  “We equip them with the right skills, provide them with the necessary starter kits and orient them on the basics of running a small business.” she added

 

Mauren is now operating her own tailoring repair shop at her resisdence in Muntinlupa City where she earns up to 3,000 pesos a month.

 

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa OWWA sa livelihood assistance na natanggap ko. Pinapangako ko po na pagyayamanin ko ito.” added Mauren.

 

“Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay” is a livelihood assistance program of OWWA where displaced/distressed member OFWs can avail of free skills training and starter kits worth Php 10,000.00.

 

OFW Mauren Veril, a Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Awardee together with Family Welfare Officer (FWO) Catherine Gacosta holding up a uniform she made.

RWO IX
OWWA-IX opens 90 SESP Scholarship slots for OFW and dependents

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office -9 is now accepting applications for Skills –for –Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) for the school year 2015-2016.

 

SESP  is offered to  qualified OFW and legal dependents of active OFWs enrolling in 6-months to 2-years Technical Vocational course in any TESDA- Accredited training institution.

 

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration IX Regional Director  Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain said “one hundred  sixty scholarship slots are open this year for  OWWA –IX OFW dependents. Of this number, eighteen  (18) slots are intended for the provinces of Zamboanga del norte, Zamboanga del Sur,  Sibugay and Basilan Province and as well as Zamboanga City. Qualified applicants for the program must be 16 years old but not more than 21 years old.

 

 “Active OFW or OFW dependents/ beneficiaries who wish to apply for the scholarship program must submit their documentary requirements to the regional welfare office,” bared Jumdain.

 

Individuals who wants to avail of the program should submit an accomplished application form; two copies 2×2 pictures (studio shot/white background); proof of relationship to OWWA member (birth certificate of applicant or birth certificate of both the single OFW and the applicant-dependent and certificate of no marriage duly certified by the Local Civil Registrar or NSO, if OFW is single, proof of OWWA membership; and Official copy of Grades/School Diploma / Transcript of Records. 

 

The scholarship program offers P14,500.00 per course regardless of the duration of training program taken (6-mos. to 2 years).  

 

Jumdain opined that “the financial assistance covers the tuition fees of the scholars which are directly paid to the school upon submission of the required documents such as certificate of registration, statement of account and enrollment form ”

 

“In cases where a scholar has to pay in advance the school fees, they are advised to reimburse their expenses by presenting requisite documents and receipts,” Jumdain added.

 

For more information relative to this program, Jumdain urged clients to visit OWWA regional welfare office IX at 3rd floor, goodwill building, Mayor Jaldon st., Canelar of this City, or call at 991-2785.

 

Cordillera Administrative Region
Release of Starter Kits under the OWWA Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay!

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,  Cordillera Administrative Region represented by Mr. Isaac Anthony B. Basil, OIC on Programs and Services awarded starter kits to four (4) OFWs beneficiaries under the OWWA’s Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay Program in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao on June 11, 2015. The beneficiaries are Micheal Gamino, Jovelyn Bantiyan, Marilyn Tungpalan and Ian Mae Cacarit. Each beneficiary received agricultural supplies such as three (3) heads of piglets, 50kgs each of starter feeds, grower feeds, and finisher feeds, and a bottle each of vitamin and antibiotic medicines.

 

Prior to the awarding of the said starter kits, the above mentioned beneficiaries underwent a one-day seminar on “Backyard Swine Production” on May 5, 2015.  The said training was sponsored by the Municipal Agriculture Office of Alfonso Lista which was attended by ten (10) participants from the said municipality.  Mr. Mario Villar, Municipal Agricultural Technologist was the Resource Person.  He focused his lecture on management of swine production, from planning and preparation, care and supervision, marketing, and the continuing cycle for sustained income generation. The concepts and practical skills were based on lessons learned from Alfonso Lista’s experiences.

 

Mr. Basil further shared best practices on group and individual livelihood endeavors and challenged the beneficiaries to persevere in sustaining the project. He saluted them with a call for good tidings, MAPHOD!

Mr. Isaac Anthony Basil, OIC-PSD of OWWA-CAR  awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Mario Villar,  Municipal Agricultural Technologist of Alfonso Lista as Resource Person on the seminar for the Backyard Swine Production.

Distribution of  vitamins and anti-biotics  From the left: Isaac Anthony B. Basil (OIC-PSD), Mr. MichealGamino, JovelynBantiyan, Marilyn Tungpalan, Ian Mae Cacarit,MarioVillar and Flor Calacal-FWO, OWWA-CAR.

Distribution of cavans of starter feeds and grower

Piglets and cavans of feeds distributed to beneficiaries 

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR hosts three essential symposiums for clients

In celebration of the 20th Migrant Workers Day, the Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) held a series of symposiums on illegal recruitment, proper heart care and healthy diet last June 9-10, 2015 at the Multi-Purpose Hall, 10th Floor, OWWA Center Building ,Pasay City.

 

The Symposium on Understanding Illegal  Recruitment and Trafficking in Person held on 9 June was attended by 72 client OFWs who were either preparing for overseas work or in vacation. The Resource Speaker, Atty. Cora Antonette Toldanes of POEA, explained the acts that constitutes illegal recruitment and trafficking in person. Participants were advised to be vigilant against illegal recruiters and human traffickers and to report to POEA any incident leading to illegal recruitment.

 

Following the symposium on Illegal Recruitment was the Symposium on Proper Heart Care with Ms. Jemima Bautista, a Registered Nurse, as the Resource Speaker. She gave pointers on how to identify the symptoms of stroke and heart attack and tips on how to avoid them.  Ms. Bautista also gave tips to the participants on giving first-aid to people suffering from stroke or heart attack.

 

On 10 June, the Symposium on Healthy Diet  attended by 110 participants was held with Ms. Joan S. Zapanta-Corañes, a certified Nutritionist and Dietician, as Resource Speaker. She gave diet tips for OFWs who work in different parts of the world. According to her, proper diet is important since an individual’s eating behavior largely affects the way he works. Likewise, she stressed the importance of essential minerals to our body  and advised the participants to live a healthy lifestyle.

 

The series of symposium aims to empower OFWs and their families to be more active in promoting their welfare, not just as OFWs but as human beings as well.  

Participants actively joined the discussions as they have experienced some of  the examples given by Atty. Cora  Antonette  Toldanes.

Ms. Jemima Bautista a registered nurse discussed how to   properly care for the heart and what to do in case of a heart attack.

Nutritionist/Dietician Joan S. Zapanta-Corañes addresses the normal activities a Filipino does in order to avoid inactivity and malnutrition.

RWO IX

After more than two decades in the office of Overseas Workers Welfare Officer –IX , Ms. Marinelle Bucoy was recently promoted to  Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II (OWWO-II ).

 

The promotion was approved after she underwent full screening as to her job records and qualifications. She even took an examination and interview which both she passed.

 

The interview was held at the office of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – XII in  Koronadal City, South Cotabato last June 17, 2015.

 

The screening was thoroughly headed by the members of the screening committee, Mr. Josefino Torres, Deputy Administrator of OWWA; Mr. Benny I.  Reyes, HRMDD of OWWA; Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, Regional Director of OWWA-IX; and representative of WEA.

 

Bucoy’s promotion was officially signed and approved by the OWWA Administrator , Admin. Rebecca J. Calzado last July 1, 2015.

 

Bucoy  shall assume the duties and responsibilities inherent to her new position.

 

Bucoy, was gleeful when she learned that she made it after a decade of waiting  to be promoted. She started working in OWWA in 1993 as a casual employee and she became a regular employee as OWWO-I.

 

“My new duties and responsibilities will serve as my inspiration in my daily work and to perform well as I face new challenges,” Bucoy said.

 

The OWWA-IX Regional Director, Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, congratulated Bucoy.  “Marinelle really deserves this position, she is capable to handle this work.” Jumdain said.

Cordillera Administrative Region
OWWA Cordillera spearheaded the Disaster Preparedness Seminar for OFW Family Circles in Mt. Province

A two (2)-day Capability Building Seminar on “Disaster Preparedness, First Aid and Basic Life Support” was conducted by  OWWA Cordillera Administrative Regiona at the  Provincial Multipurpose Hall, Bontoc, Mt. Province on June 16 and 17, 2015. The training was attended by 31 participants from the different OFCs in Mt. Province.

 

In line with the call for preparedness due to the adverse effect of climate change, OWWA-CAR spearheaded the said training in partnership with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management (PDRRM)-Mt. Province and Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Mt. Province Chapter.

 

On the first day of the seminar, Police Officer III Gwendolyn T. Yodong  discussed the “Basic Concepts on Disaster Risk Reduction”. The major topics shared were updates on disaster situation from the local, national and international levels; understanding hazards affecting the community; discussion on significant laws and basic safety and survival measures. Evaluation and assessment of disaster situations were enhanced.

 

On the second day, the participants learned some skills on “First Aid Treatment for common injuries and Basic Life Support remedies”. Practicum on different disaster scenarios were enacted while being evaluated by trainors pooled from the PRC-Mt. Province Chapter.

 

It is a continuing challenge for the community folks and local government units on how to mitigate the effects of natural and man-made disasters. As part of developmental activities of OWWA-Cordillera for OFC leaders and their members, and OWWA scholars residing in Mt. Province, the training and drills on disaster risk mitigation, first aid, and basic life support are deemed necessary to achieve survival preparedness and respond to emergency cases.

 

Overseas Workers Welfare Officer III Lourdes Estocapio and Designated Provincial Family Welfare Officer Remedios Caceres facilitated the training. Invited guests were MR. ANACLETO TANGILAG (OIC-Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM)of Mt. Province,MS. VERONICA T. TACTAY,RMT (OIC-Chapter Administrator Philippine Red Cross-Mt. Province Chapter.

Police Officer III Gwendolyn Yodong lectured on Disaster Preparedness.

Lecture-Demo on First Aid and Basic Life Support by the Philippine Red Cross-MP

Practicum- case scenarios

Group picture of OFW participants

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