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RWO XI
SNOFCA remained united after 2 years

The Sto Nino OFW Family Circle Association (SNOFCA) of Mintal, Davao City continues to remain united as they celebrated its 2nd year anniversary last September 12, 2014 at Rolly Justos Residence. OWWA-RWO XI staff headed by OIC-Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido and PSD Chief Zenobia L.  Caro witnessed the fun and exciting moments of the OFC.  With the theme, “Palakasin at Pagtibayin ang Buhay ng Pamilyang Pilipino”, the celebration was filled with games and surprises.

 

SNOFCA was organized by OWWA last July 30, 2012 with twenty (20) members and duly registered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on May 12, 2014. As a legitimate association, they engaged in meat processing and meat retailing as their project. The income earned served as their savings.

 

OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido gave inspirational message to the members of the OFC. He stressed that running an organization is not an easy task. It needs more patience and determination on the part of the officers. To have harmonious relationship within the organization, all transactions must be transparent. Members must know what are the activities and transactions made. He said that, the organization must have unity of purpose. “You have different opinions and ideas but you have one goal to achieve which is to become progressive and developed”, said Mr. Bellido. “OWWA is here to guide and assist you in all your undertakings”, added Dir. Bellido who wish to have a one-day session with the association to discuss their future plans. He further advised the OFC members to immediately settle whatever misunderstandings that will arise within the organization. Meanwhile, PSD Chief Zenobia L. Caro extended her warm greetings to all the members of the OFC and wished them more anniversaries to celebrate.

 

SNOFCA is one of the OFW Family Circles who actively participated in all activities spearheaded by OWWA. With the strong leadership of the officers and abled assistance of Family Welfare Officer Melody Ember P. Tomas, the association remained united and strong. Despite the challenges, the association did their best to surpass all hardships. The advice of Dir. Bellido in his message inspired the officers and members to cooperate and do more for the benefit of the organization. 

 

(Left photo: The officers and members of SNOFCA with Regional Dir. Eduardo E. Bellido, PSD Chief Zenobia L. Caro, and FWO Melody Ember P. Tomas; Right photo: An OFC officer tried to hit the pot during the parlor games)

RWO XI
OWWA XI Regional Director orients Department Heads of IGACOS

OWWA–RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido was invited to present the programs and services of OWWA last September 29, 2014 at the Conference Room of IGACOS City Hall, Peñaplata, Island Garden City of Samal. Participants were department heads of the city government. The orientation aims to provide proper information on the function of OWWA as a government institution, tasked to protect and promote the well-being of all overseas filipino workers (OFWs) and their families. Since the department heads are the one responsible in the implementation of each program of the city government, it is important to orient them what are the appropriate services and assistance for the OFW clients.

 

Director Bellido disscussed the nature of OWWA as well as the programs and services offered to all OFWs and their families.  He explained the sources of funds of the agency and what is the use of the contributions being paid by the OFWs.  He said, “that every OFW is entitled to avail of the benefits and services like the social benefits, education and training assistance, workers welfare assistance program, repatriation, and reintegration program”. Dir. Bellido likewise, discussed the purpose of establishing an OFW Help Desk at the City, which is to bring the services of OWWA closer to the people. The roles of the LGU and the Administration stated at the Memorandum of Agreement was precisely presented by Dir. Bellido. After the discussion, the participants were glad to know the programs and services offered to the OFWs and their families. Ms. Rosabel V. Jusguan,  PESO Manager, was thankful and honored for bringing the services of OWWA in their locality. “With this complete information, we were able to understand everything about OWWA. We will ask for the approval of the MOA from the Council to authorize the honorable Mayor to sign it”, said Ms. Jusguan.

The Island Garden City of Samal has a total of more than six hundred (600) landbased and seabased OFWs. The city government is willing to render services to OFWs and their families who wish to seek for assistance from their office. With the establishment of OFW Help Desk in the area, OFWs and their families who  need immediate assistance will be assisted immediately. City Administrator, Guillermo E. Olden, gave appreciations to Dir. Bellido for the concised and well-delivered orienation. He encouraged all Department Heads to extend the knowledge gained to others especially to the families of OFWs so that many will be informed and can avail of the services of OWWA. 

RWO XI
OWWA scholars met at USEP

OWWA RWO-XI conducted an organizational meeting with scholars under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), Education for Development Scholarship program (EDSP), and Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) last August 8, 2014 at the OSS Room, University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), Obrero, Davao City to discuss the formality of the organization in the university. The organization known as the 4 Ks (Kapamilya, Kaisa, Karamay, Kakampi) is composed of fifty seven (57} scholars enrolled at the university’s College of Education, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Governance and Business, Applied Economics, Technology, and Institute of Computing. Forty two (42) out of fifty seven (57) scholars attended the meeting which was faclitated by Family Welfare Officer Melody Ember P. Tomas. 

The organization was formed to serve as one of the support mechanisms for students through peer counseling and values reorientation, provide wholistic approach for leadership formation, enhance study habits through coaching and sharing of best practices, and serve as springboard for developing capabilities through community and school-based projects and activities.

OIC-Regional Director gave inspirational message to the scholars. He congratulated them for being part of the scholarship program. He emphasized the importance of getting acquainted with the other scholars of the university. The scholars are organized for them to share their common experiences as OFW dependents. Dir. Bellido encouraged them to study harder and be serious in their studies because only few have been given the opportunity to avail of the scholarship program. “OWWA will be very proud and happy to see you receiving your Diplomas. Your parents will be more proud of your success”, said Dir. Bellido.

On the other hand, Ms. Susan D. Villarante, Director, Office of the Student Services of USEP, stressed that 4Ks is already recognized by the university. “They can now exercise and do activities in legitimate manner”, Ms. Villarante said.  She was also grateful to OWWA for having a scholarship program for the OFW dependents. Meanwhile, to strengthen the ties between the scholars, officers and members take their oath as a symbol of their cooperation and support to the organization. Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido officiated the oath-taking ceremony. 

RWO IV-B
OWWA MIMAROPA through DOST Administers the 2014 Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) Qualifying Examination for OFW Dependents in Region IV-B

Fifty-two (52) candidates for OWWA scholarship set their hearts and minds out in a simultaneous qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology at various test centers all over MIMAROPA region last September 21, 2014.  

 

The examinees were fourth year high school dependents of member-OFWs of OWWA. The two and a half hour examination was held at Occidental Mindoro National High School, Oriental Mindoro National High School, Marinduque State College, Odiongan National High School, Western Philippine University, Brooke’s Point Central School, and Coron School of Fisheries.

 

The test proper started at 9AM for the morning session and 2PM for the afternoon session. It was facilitated by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) with the assistance of OWWA Family Welfare Officers designated in each testing center. 

 

The result of the examination will be released on March 2015 and the examinees will be informed through mail. Result will also be posted at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office IV-B.

 

The Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) is a scholarship grant by OWWA to the top 200 passers of the annual examination being administered by the DOST-SEI to the qualified dependents of OWWA members. The amount of the grant is Php 60,000.00 per year in any four-to-five year baccalaureate degree the successful examinee has chosen.

 

Regional Director Allan A. Ignacio wishes the examinees their best and hopes that many of them will pass the examination to form the new set of OWWA scholars. 

OWWA, through DOST, conducted the qualifying examination for the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) in

different testing centers within the MIMAROPA region

RWO CARAGA
OWWA XIII Chief pays courtesy call on Town Mayors of SurSur

Butuan City (Nov. 6, 2014) –Mr. Eduardo E. Bellido, OIC-Regional Director of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 13 paid courtesy call on town heads of Tandag, Cortes and Lanuza, Surigao del Sur on November 4.

 

Bellido visited the three (3) municipalities to re-examine the implementation of the OWWA programs and services as well as to identify the priority concerns of the OFW Family Circles (OFCs). 

 

In Tandag City, Bellido proposed to Mayor Roxanne Pimentel, which the latter agreed, to dedicate a space in the boulevard area for OFC Massage Training Session soon as the OFCs will undergo the Massage Therapy Training.

 

Prior to meeting with Tandag City Mayor Pimentel, Bellido had a fruitful discussion with Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Lorna Novo relative to the status of the OFCs and some concerns of clients regarding the programs of the agency. As a result, there will be lined-up trainings for 2015 in coordination with the PESO. Likewise, the needs assessment with OFCs will be the priority activity for 2015. 

 

OWWA OIC-RD Eduardo Bellido is joined by PESO Manager Lorna Novo during

courtesy call to Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel

 

In Cortes, Bellido introduced to Mayor William Angos the reintegration program of OWWA for OFCs. Bellido also stressed the conduct of needs assessment to OFCs to determine the necessary trainings and assistance to be imparted to them. Mayor Angos, on the other hand, expressed support to the future undertakings of OWWA.

 

Mayor William Angos of Cortes acknowledges the presence of OWWA OIC-RD Eduardo Bellido

 

Moreover, programs and services of the agency were also presented to the Honorable Mayor Salvacion Azarcon of Lanuza, whom was delighted with the visit of OWWA Regional Director Bellido which coincided with the opening of their Surfing Festival.

 

OIC-RD Eduardo Bellido exchanges pleasantries with Lanuza Mayor Salvacion Azarcon

 

Bellido had also previously paid courtesy call to the Municipal Mayors of Hinatuan and Bislig. He started visiting municipalities since he assumed office recently as part of his endeavor to deliver appropriate and effective services to the clients.

RWO VI
OWWA RWO VI holds second Scholars Conference

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VI convened thirty OFW dependents in the second Scholars Conference for 2014.

 

OWWA scholars, who are beneficiaries under the Education and Development Scholarship Program, OFW Dependents Scholarship Program, and the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program, attended the said event held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on October 23, 2014.

 

The activity started with a workshop orientation featuring Ms. Rosario Asong, Vice President of Soroptimist International Iloilo Chapter, as the first speaker who discussed insights on Gender Roles, Difference Between Gender and Sex, and other pressing issues pertaining to gender equality.

 

Meanwhile, the second speaker, Ms. Glyceria de Ramos, shared key points on self-worth development during the Values Clarification Workshop.

 

Reynold T. Pigar, OWWA RWO VI Officer in Charge, provided techniques for coping with stressful situations and condition in the Stress Management for Scholars module. Rizza Joy H. Mapa, on the other hand, talked about the value of leadership and the essential qualities of an effective leader.

 

The event was conducted as a reaffirmation of the agency’s commitment to assist its scholars, not only in providing financial assistance, but also in the promotion of their holistic development as individuals.

 

The participating scholars for the Scholars Conference 2014 hold their certificates of completion and pose with the

OWWA RWO staff (in royal blue shirts) for a group picture.

 

Miss Glyceria de Ramos on her talk about Values Clarification.

 
RWO III
2014 Regional MOFYA Winners Announced

The OWWA Regional Welfare Office III announced its winners for the land-based and sea-based categories of the Search for the 2014 Regional Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) on 20 October 2014 at the Bliss Hotel, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. A total of five nominees, 3 from the land-based sector and 2 from the sea-based sector, participated in the annual event.

 

The 2014 MOFYA for the land-based category was awarded to OFW Reynaldo C. Cachuela and family from Talugtog, Nueva Ecija, while Capt. Glicerio Cunanan and family of Arayat, Pampanga won the 2014 MOFYA for the sea-based category.

 

OFW Reynaldo worked for Riyadh Central Hospital, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) as Spinal Cord Injury Nurse until 1988. From 1989 until 1996, he worked as one of King Fahad’s  six personal nurses at the Royal Palace Clinic. His wife, Aida worked at Riyadh Maternity and Children‘s Hospital, also in KSA, as staff nurse for 2 years and got promoted as Head Nurse before returning for good in the Philippines in June 1996 after working abroad for 12 years. Their children are now successful in their chosen careers as nurse, accountant and engineer, while the couple continues in helping their kababayans with Reynaldo joining the Free and Accepted Mason of the Philippines in 2011.

 

At a young age of 23, Captain Glicerio Cunanan has already fulfilled his responsibilities and dreams to his parents.  He provided them a house and lot. While working abroad, he was able to provide financial support to his parents and his relatives. Coming from humble beginnings, he rose from the ranks, starting as Apprentice Mate and retired as Captain in 2011. In the 31 years of working abroad, Captain Glicerio and Nelia were able to save put up their  own water-refilling station in July 2012.

 

In her welcome remarks, OWWA RWO3 Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes congratulated all the nominees of the 2014 Regional MOFYA. She commended that the families deserve to be called model OFW families for overcoming the challenges and obstacles of migration. “Kailangan naming gawin ito because we want to tell you that we are not only happy and glad that you have made it, that you are successful but because we are proud of you and we want you to become examples to our communities.”

 

“Please serve as examples. Our model families will serve as exemplars to all OFW families especially in region 3. Kasi sa panahon ngayon, medyo iba ang motibasyon ng ating mga OFW. Marami tayo ngayong problema  na kinakaharap. Hindi lang problema na gawa natin kundi pati yung mga problema na hind natin gawa tulad ng mga giyera o political crisis. Ngayon gusto po naming kayo na maging spokesperson din naming na despite everything you won over the challenges,“ she added.

 

The 2014 Regional Selection Committee was led by DOLE Chief Labor and Employment Officer Alejandro Inza Cruz, and OWWA RWO3 Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes. Moreover, the Committee was composed of representatives from the different sectors of the society: Fr. Arnulfo Magdaleno F. Serrano, Director of Pampanga Archdiocesan Migrant Desk; Ms. Mylene S. Soberano, FaMA-SSAP President; and Ms. Antonet A. Evangelista, Globe Telecoms Store Manager.

 

MOFYA, now on its tenth year, is a national search for model OFW families in all 17 regions of the country. The OWWA aims to give recognition to the outstanding achievements of OFWs and their families. It focuses on families who have fostered strong family relations in the absence of a family member, have been able to properly manage the financial benefits of overseas employment and have gained recognition in the community through community service.

 

RWO VI
Aspiring applicants in Region VI vie for EDSP scholarship slots

A total of four hundred sixty eight OFW dependents took the OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program qualifying exam held last September 21, 2014 and administered by the Department of Science and Technology. The examinees are fourth year high school students belonging to the upper 20 percent of the graduating class.

 

The Region VI examination was held in the following venues per province:

 

 

Antique – St. Anthony’s College

Aklan – ABL Sports Complex

Capiz – Social Hall, Capiz State University

Guimaras – Guimaras State College (Mosqueda Campus)

Negros Occidental – Technological University of the Philippines – Visayas (Talisay City)

Iloilo City and Municipalities – Western Visayas College of Science and Technology

 

The province and city of Iloilo have a total of 233 examination takers. Some 142 applicants came from Negros Occidental; 33 from Aklan; 23 from Antique; 22 from Aklan; and 15 from Guimaras.

 

Last year 19 students from region 6 qualified as one of the 200 nationwide EDSP scholars for the school year 2014-2015.

 

Under the EDSP, qualified scholars will be awarded with an educational assistance amounting to P60,000.00 per school year for a four to five-year baccalaureate degree in any college or university of their choice.

 

OFW dependents from Negros Occidental take EDSP qualifying examination

 

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