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OWWA IX distributes livelihood starter kits to OFWs in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

NOVEMBER 15, ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX (OWWA RWO-IX) awards livelihood starter kits to 12 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) through the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program on November 11, 2016 at Talisay Heights Grill & Resto, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.    


Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain and Family Welfare Officer Khalil Isser S. Lorena lead the activity. The OFWs received livelihood starter kits which include various cooking utensils and appliances for their livelihood such as putting up their carinderia, burger stand, and bakery.


The Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program is a reintegration program of OWWA for displaced/distressed workers. Recipients of the program are given livelihood starter kits and techno-skills training worth Php 10,000.


OWWA RWO-IX will also have other upcoming activities before the end of the year. One is the Capability Building Training/Convergence Meeting which will be held on December 02-03, 2016 at Lutong Pinoy Resort, Tugbungan, Zamboanga City. The said activity will be participated by the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO), OFW leaders, government agencies, and institutional partners.


Another upcoming activity is the OFW Family Day which will be celebrated on December 8, 2016 at Zamboanga City Coliseum, Tetuan, Zamboanga City. The OFW Family Day is the annual gathering of OFWs from Region 9 and their dependents. For this year, an estimate of 1,500 OFWs and families will be invited. Aside from fun games and exciting prizes, special awards will also be given to outstanding OFWs and dependents.

OWWA RWO-IX Regional Director Jumdain awarded the livelihood starter kits to distressed OFWs in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
OFWs received their cooking utensils and appliances as livelihood starter kits
OWWA RWO-IX Regional Director Jumdain together with the recipients of the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program


Organizational Assessment for Davao del Sur OFC Federation conducted

Davao del Sur – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XI conducted an organizational assessment of the Davao del Sur OFC Federation last September 8, 2016 at the Asencia Function Hall, Digos City. A total of twenty-three (23) OFW Family Circle (OFC) Presidents attended the activity which was facilitated by OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido and Mr. Cristelito T. Abadilla.


Davao del Sur OFC Federation is composed of forty-seven (47) active OFW Family Circles ably represented by each OFC President. They were federated last February 2015.


The assessment was conducted to determine the status of the organization after the strategic planning and VMG (vision, mission, goal) writeshop held last September 7-10, 2015. It also aims to enhance the association’s operational capabilities and structure in order to add member value and drive future success, and assess the health of the organization.


Mr. Abadilla explained the details of the guide questions for assessing the organization. Each participant was given questionnaire to rate how the organization work after one year. In a scale  of 1 to 5 (1-strongly disagree, 5-strongly agree), participants rated the organization in terms of member’s participation to every activities, understanding its objectives, leadership styles, and interest on financial and livelihood assistance. Result states that, members are more interested on financial and livelihood assistance than pursuing advocacy work and other social responsibility.


During the last year’s planning, the members of the federation identified programs and services to be implemented at their respective OFW Family Circles. Among the sustainable programs identified include; micro-lending, special programs (operational, referrals, counseling, mortuary aid, etc.), capacity enhancement, and advocacy program.


To determine the status, participants examined each program whether implemented or not in the first year of operation. They enumerated the hindering factors and consequences why the program was not able to push through and identify remedies on how to attain those unattained programs. Likewise, responsible persons and the needed funds for the project implementation were identified.


In his input, Dir. Bellido stressed that, the organization need to strengthen system development in terms of referral and accounting system, and they should work fully on the registration with DOLE to legitimize the status of the organization. “You must also strengthen your leadership capability and linkage to stakeholders to attain your goals and become successful. We hope that all agreements determined will be put into action”, Dir. Bellido further said.


At the end of the activity, members of the federation were enlightened and guided on the organization’s direction. The officers were able to determine areas which need utmost attention and able to identify priority projects. “We thank OWWA for conducting this activity for us because it really helped us to run the organization in the right track”, said Federation President, Longinos Espina.

The members of the Davao del Sur OFC Federation who attended the activity with OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido.
Mr. Cristelito T. Abadilla explained the details of the guide questions for assessing the organization.
The members of Padada and Sulop OFCs as they identified hindering factors in the program implementation during the workshop

OFC officers from Kiblawan and Bansalan exchanged minds in identifying remedies to attain unattained goals
Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido provided inputs on strengthening system development to the participants.


Cordillera Administrative Region

The OWWA Cordillera Administrative Region is now extending financial assistance to OFWs and their immediate dependents in the Provinces of Apayao, Kalinga and Northern Abra who were adversely affected by typhoon Lawin.


Last week, OIC-Regional Director Evelyn Laranang,  OIC-PSD Isaac Anthony Basil, and Family Welfare Officer Floribel Sales personally visited the  Provinces of Kalinga and Apayao to receive applications and  distribute financial assistance to qualified applicants.   The OWWA-CAR team would like to express their appreciation to Mayor Ferdinand Tubban of Tabuk City and his staff who provided assistance for the use of their in entertaining OFW clients for the CARE Lawin.  Likewise, no less than the Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Rizal in Kalinga, Samuel Valdez personally assisted the OWWA team in entertaining OFW clients in their locality.


For the Province of Kalinga, 48 OFWs or immediate family members already received financial in the total amount of P129,000.  Of this number, 29 were from the City of Tabuk while 19 were from the Municipality of Rizal.   Each OFW family is entitled to P3,000, for active OWWA membership while the amount of P1,500 is being given for those whose membership have expired.   


This is in line with OWWA’s commitment to help OFWs or their dependents in northern Luzon who were devastated by Typhoon Lawin through the Cash Relief Assistance (CARE) Program. Covered under this program are areas which were declared under typhoon warning signal No. 5 on the onslought of typhoon Lawin in October 2016.which includes the provinces of Apayao, Kalinga, and Northern Abra in the Cordilleras, Isabela and Cagayan in Region 2 and Ilocos Norte in Region 1.


The OWWA allocated P30 million for the CARE Program, with cash assistance of P3,000 per OFW-family with active OWWA membership and P1,500 per family whose OFW’s membership to OWWA has already lapsed or expired.  


To qualify for the financial assistance, the OFWs or their immediate dependent have to submit a duly filled-up application form, certification from Barangay Captain or any authorized official of LGU that the OFW or dependent is resident of barangay and has suffered loss or damage to property or personal injury due to Typhoon Lawin, valid identification card, and proof of relationship to OFW if claimant is a dependent of OFW. In case there are more than one OFWs in the family, only one OFW is entitled to receive financial assistance.


The OWWA Regional Welfare Office have also posted a copy of the application form on its FB page “owwa car” which may be downloaded for easy access of the OFW clients in CAR.  OWWA-CAR is now processing documents submitted either through the PESO or Migrants Desk of DOLE Provincial Offices in Kalinga and Apayao, or those directly submitted to OWWA CAR office at Private Rd., Baguio City.


OWWA-RWO VI holds computer training workshop for Sigma OFC members

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently held an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills training workshop to several OFW Family Circle members based in Sigma, Capiz.


Nineteen (19) attendees availed of the two-day activity at the Capiz State University last November 5 to 6, 2016.


The participants were taught the basic computer skills like desktop hardware familiarization, typing, and using common Microsoft Office programs and the Internet.


OWWA RWO VI’s ICT skills training is part of the Tulay-Aral program, a customizable module provided free for OFWs and their beneficiaries since 2008.


Medical Dental Mission Pigcawayan

KORONADAL CITY- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII joined the Medical-Dental Outreach Program spearheaded by the Federation of OFW Family Circles in Pigcawayan in partnership with its Local Government Unit, Provincial Government of North Cotabato and 34th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army on October 27, 2016.


The free medical and dental services was availed by one hundred nineteen (119) locals of the Baranggay Kimarayag, Pigcawayan North Cotabato.  Three (3) medical doctors, four (4) dentists, five (5) nurses, four (4) midwives and twenty-four (24) army staff from Provincial and Municipal Health Office.  They rendered free consultation, free haircut, circumcision and free tooth extraction. Medicines and vitamins were given after the consultation which were donated by Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza.


The Medical-Dental Outreach Program also includes "Operation Tuli" and "Libreng Gupit" both performed by trained personnel from the Philippine Army. Mr. Norman K. Armada, the Provincial Coordinator of Community Outreach Programs from the Governor's office, said "This is a very good way of giving easy and fast access to the programs and services of the Government. Especially, it's an initiative of OFW Organizations. Its really great!"


This worthwhile event is the realization of the federation's plan for this year, under the supervision of the Public OFW Desk Officer (PODO) of Pigcawayan, Ms. Beverly P. Yu, MPA. According to Yu, the initiative of conducting such activity came from the OFCs during one of their monthly meetings earlier this year after their training on the Anti-Smoking Campaign of the Department of Health. "This is only the beginning of our plans for the betterment of the OFWs in Pigcawayan. We are very confident that our plans will be carried out because OWWA thru our Family Welfare Officer and PODO Office thru Ma'am Beverly have been very accommodating with our requests." said by OFC Federation President, Mr. Pedel H. Tanoja.


OIC-Regional Director Marlyn E. Jamero despite being absent in the event due to equally important commitment in Kidapawan City extended her salutation to the OFC Federation of Pigcawayan for organizing another meaningful activity as an organization.

Figure 1 OFC Federation Officers of Pigcawayan together with the Phil. Army and the Medical Dental Team

OWWA Prepares OFC Group for All Saints Day with Candle-Making Training

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently held a training on candle-making for the St. Joseph Movement for Migrants & their Families (SJMMF) in anticipation the upcoming All Saints and All Souls Day.


Held last October 28, 2016, thirty-nine (39) members from the said OFW Family Circle participated in the one-day workshop that took place at St. Joseph Parish, Pototan.


Mr. Elias Ledesma, the president of SJMMF, said the members requested the training because candle-making is not capital- and labor-intensive and can be started with very little start-up fund.

Mrs. Ma. Lida Libiano, the Punong Barangay of Brgy. Salacay, Cabatuan, conducted the candle-making training for SJMMF members.

Annual Learning Support Mechanism for OWWA Scholars

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently conducted its annual Learning Support Mechanism activity for scholars from the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP).


Thirty (30) scholars taking up tertiary education courses attended the said activity held last October 25, 2016 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.


Mr. Darius E. Montaño, a Guidance Counselor II at the Northern Antique Vocational School and the resource person, led the students in discussing relevant topics like peer pressure, bullying, and teen-aged pregnancies.



City of San Fernando Pampanga - OWWA RWO3 adopts the “Green Our DOLE Program” (GODP) as part of its corporate social responsibility in pursuing green initiatives in the workplace.


Last October 28, 2016, RWO3 officers and staff headed by Dir. Malou V. Reyes, planted a variety of vegetables in the hallway of the office building. Plant seedlings included eggplant, ampalaya, okra, pechay, patola, mustard, cucumber, tomatoes and chili peppers. The employees will tend the garden and grow their own vegetables.


Ornamental plants were also placed inside the workplace not only for aesthetic purpose, but also to promote clean and fresh air and increase humidity level inside the office thus eliminating buildup of static electricity.


The GODP project of OWWA RWO3 aims to create a sustainable garden using organic methods, improve employee’s eating habits and diet, as well as reduce the environmental impact as backyard organic gardening eases air and water pollution.


The officers and staff all had fun doing their share to plant their own vegetable garden and looks forward to harvesting their first produce.

40 OFWs Receives Livelihood Assistance from OWWA

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) has granted “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay” livelihood assistance to forty (40) distressed/displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region last October 27, 2016 at D&M Restaurant, Cotabato City.


Majority of the distressed OFW-beneficiaries were females who worked as household service workers.


Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) is a one-time-availment, non-cash, livelihood assistance given to returning OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to wars/political conflicts in their host countries, and also those who were maltreated or victimized by human trafficking.


The assistance consists of a two (2)-day techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial development training and livelihood starter kits worth Php 10,000.00 that will aid the beneficiaries towards self-employment.


Most of the recipients ventured into rice-trading business.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo congratulated all the BPBH OFW-beneficiaries as well as expressed her hopes that the program would usher a fresh start.

Datu Rajah O. Sinuat III, Machine Operator from KSA ventured into soda-trading.


OWWA-ARMM, in partnership with DTI-XII Negosyo Center, Conducts Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT)

COTABATO CITY – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry XII through Negosyo Center, Cotabato City conducted a 2-day Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) last October 26-27, 2016 at DTI XII – Negosyo Center, Cotabato City.


The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado and DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya last 6 September 2016 formalizes the partnership of OWWA and DTI to jointly conduct developmental trainings under OWWA’s Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) and other related activities.


EEDT is the business development intervention of OWWA for OFWs who intend to venture into micro, small and medium enterprises. It includes business planning and project-specific skills orientation to equip OFWs with the necessary knowledge and skills in pursuing their intended business.


Twenty seven (27) OFWs/families attended and actively participated during the conduct of the said training. They may avail of the loan amounting to Php 300,000.00 up to 2 Million Pesos under the OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).