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RWO VI
OWWA trains teachers, OFC leaders on counselling for OFW children

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) 6 recently got involved in the Training of Trainers on School-Based Program for Children and Families of Overseas Filipinos at Casa Real, Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City last April 17 – 20, 2017.

 

Organized by Atikha Overseas Workers & Training Communities Initiative and in partnership with the Iloilo Provincial Government and the Department of Education, the said activity taught participants on how to conduct information, values formation, and capacity building trainings that would guide them in dealing with OFW families.

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge, gave an overview on Philippine Overseas Migration Trends and the Rights of Migrant Children.

 

The training is part of the “Coming Home” project, which receives funding from the United Nations Women Fund for Gender Equality.

RWO ARMM
40 distressed, displaced OFWs receives OWWA livelihood assistance

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) has granted Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) livelihood assistance to Forty (40) distressed, displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on April 18, 2017.

 

BPBH is a non-cash livelihood support/assistance intended to provide immediate relief to returning member OFWs, active or non-active who is displaced from their jobs due to war/political conflicts in host countries or policy reforms controls and changes by the host government or is victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking or other distressful situations.

 

The assistance consists of 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.

 

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

 

Most of the recipients ventured into rice-trading business given that rice is the primary staple food in our country and easy to trade.

 
 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo congratulated all the BPBH OFW-beneficiaries as she also expressed her hopes that the program would help them to a fresh start and shape them a better future.

 

RWO XII
SEMINAR ON UNDERSTANDING ADOLESCENTS: HIGHLIGHT OF 7th SCHOLARS' CONFERENCE

A total of thirty – nine (39) scholars participated the OWWA XII’s 7th Scholars’ Conference dubbed as "Sapat at Wastong Kaalaman, Susi sa Matagumpay na Kinabukasan." held at Sarangani Highlands Garden, Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City on April 27-28, 2017.

 

This year’s activity focused on Understanding Adolescents Nowadays: Issues and Coping Skills Seminar. It places emphasis on the need to understand adolescents’ issues and dilemmas and help them develop useful mechanisms in order to cope up and combat these concerns. Furthermore, it aims to provide them an avenue to actively explore one’s self and strengthen their interpersonal relationship with other scholars.

 

The two – day activity was filled with learning and fun as the methodologies and techniques used by the speaker complements with the expectations of the scholars. Among the activities conducted were group sharing and discussions, learning sessions, reporting and role plays.

 

They also had the chance to acquaint with their co-scholars through various games and fun-filled activities. Among the highlights is the Quad-Wizard Challenge where the scholar’s set of skills particularly in logical reasoning where put into test. Other activities include Karaoke Challenge, Pinoy Henyo and Jack en Poy.

 

Shy Kairyl S. Wambangco, 3rd Year ODSP Scholar, extended her gratitude to the agency for its initiative to provide them with this training. "Napakarami po naming natutunan tungkol sa buhay, kung papaano kami makapag cope up sa lahat ng mga problema na kinakaharap namin. Maraming salamat po, sa uulitin.", she added.

Kairyl S. Wambangco, 3rd Year ODSP Scholar, emotionally shares her message to her co-scholars.
 

Meanwhile, Mr. Giovanni Gibson B. Docusin, Scholarship Program In-Charge said "We at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office XII have always tried the best of our efforts to provide our scholars with various trainings and seminars, necessary to address their urgent and immediate needs and concerns”.

 

Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero firmly believes that valuable capability building trainings must be constantly given to OWWA scholars to motivate and thrust them to work harder and achieve their dreams in life.

 

The Scholars’ Conference is an annual activity of the agency that aims to provide its scholars with worthwhile trainings and seminars to support their learning development.

 
Some of the activities during the Fellowship Night. Pinoy Henyo (top and lower left) and Quad-Wizard (lower right)
OWWA scholars during their role playing activity.
A group of scholars having their discussion during one of the workshops.
The participants of the 7th Scholars’ Conference with OWWA XII Staff

RWO XII
The first batch of the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training were attended by sixty nine (69) beneficiaries of the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program

The first batch of the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training were attended by sixty nine (69) beneficiaries of the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program. As of April 21, 2017, a total of thirty-six livelihood starter kits were already released and the agency is continuously releasing the remaining kits.

 

The said EEDT was conducted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-Leyte last March 9, 10, 15 and 16, 2017.

 

The EEDT aimed to equip the beneficiaries with proper knowledge and attitude in managing a business. They were also taught to make business plans and were given tips on how to guarantee progress with their business ventures.

 

Qualified beneficiaries of this program are active or non-active OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to war/political conflicts in host countries or policy reforms controls and changes by the host government or are victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking and other distressful situations.

 

Ten thousand pesos (Php 10, 000.00) worth of livelihood starter kits were given to qualified beneficiaries, which they can use as a start-up capital to any business they are planning to venture.

 

Among the preferred start-up businesses were Rice Trading, Hog Raising, Agri-Business, Furniture Repair, E-loading, Handicraft and Appliance Repair. Of the sixty-nine total beneficiaries sixty-eight percent chose rice trading as their livelihood project.

 

This reintegration program is OWWA’s way of mainstreaming returning OFWs into Philippine society by way of self-employment or livelihood project as a means of income-generation for the family even after their overseas employment.

Beneficiaries of Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program during the released of the livelihood assistance.

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR CONDUCTS CAPACITY BUILDING FOR LGU-PESO PARTNERS

20 Officers of the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the seminar on OWWA Programs and Services conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Office Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) at the OWWA Multipurpose Hall on 23 March 2017.

 

The meeting focused on strengthening the partnership of OWWA and LGUs by updating the PESO managers on the current benefits of the OFWs and their dependents and to maximize the resources of the government in extending its services.

 

Director Emma V. Sinclair of the RWO-NCR delivered her welcome remarks, “We are gearing up na palakasin pa yung partnership natin para sa ating mga manggagawa na nasa inyong city. We should converge yung mga programa niyo at programa namin para lalo tayong makatulong at ma maximize ang pag gamit natin ng human at material resources natin.”

 

The orientation is part of the capacity building strategy of OWWA to equip PESO officers in Education and Training Assistance, Social Benefits, Reintegration Programs, Welfare Assistance and the establishment of the OFW Help Desk. It also focused on areas of cooperation between RWO-NCR and the LGU-PESOs.

From L to R: RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair delivering her opening remarks; OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac talking about the possible projects that PESO and RWO-NCR could conduct; and Deputy Administrator for Operations Atty. Brigido “Dodo” Dulay thanking the participants for coming to the consultation meeting.
 

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac graced the meeting and emphasized the value of the LGU-partnership and OFCs by saying, “Ang partnership natin ay pwede pa natin imaximize sa ngalan ng pagkakalinga at pagmamalasakit sa mga pamilya ng OFW. Pwede tayo mag-isip ng proyekto with our OFW Family Circles (OFCs), Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) and RWO-NCR para matulungan natin ang mga pamilya ng OFWs and in the long run, makakatulong yan sa constituency niyo, di ba? Yung OFCs ready yan na ipakita ng value at worth nila kaya dapat gumawa tayo ng mga proyekto na maipaparamdam sa kanila na mahalaga sila sa lipunan at makakatulong sila sa pamayanan.”

 

For closing remarks, Deputy Administrator for Operations Attorney Brigido Dulay thanked the representatives of the PESO officers for attending the consultation meeting and helping the OWWA RWO-NCR in reaching the families in the different communities in Metro Manila. He said that, “Salamat sa pagdalo at sana ay may natutunan kayo at matulungan niyo pa kami at ang mga kababayan natin. Kahit anong ahensya ay hindi magtatagumpay kung walang tulong galing din sa ibang ahensya kung kaya’t maraming salamat sa tulong ninyo.”

 

PESO Officers in attendance were: Ms. Zheila Reyes of Manila, Ms. Amalia Martim of Paranaque, Mr. Norman Midal and Ms. Lovella Sumulong of Taguig, Ms. Filipinas Sampang, Mr. Roberto Dohello and Ms. Cristina Baloro of Pasay, Mr. Raymond Sousa and Ms. Lovely Huerto of Valenzuela, Mr. Red Garcia of Las Pinas, Ms. Paz Gonzales and Ms. Shiela Mae Anne Escanilla of Caloocan, Ms. Rosalina Tabuera and Ms. Adora Benigno of Mandaluyong, Ms. Noemi Tresvalles and Mr. Dharen Garcia of Quezon City, Mr. Marcos Miro and Ms. Joy Miro of Malabon and Mr. Renato Bade and Ms. Maribel Dela Vega of Pateros were also awarded Certificates of Appreciation from RWO-NCR for attending the consultation meeting.

 
From top L to R (clockwise): Family Welfare Officer Veah Fleurdeliz Escote facilitating the meeting; Reintegration Unit head Zandro Almendrala giving the overview of the topics to be discussed; Ms. Henedina Daquigan, Head of Welfare and Assistance Unit (WAU), talking about the programs of WAU; Ms. Vivian Velez, Head of Education and Training Unit (ETU), discussing the scholarships offered by OWWA; and Ms. Annaliza Estrada discussing the OFW Help Desk.
The representatives of the Local Government Units – Public Employment Service Office (LGU-PESO) together with Overseas Workers Welfare Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) Director Emma V. Sinclair (center, in pink) and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac (center, in blue).

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Scholars Prepare To Pound the Pavement

65 Scholars in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the annual learning support activity with the theme “Getting Hired for Your Attitude” to prepare them for employment at the Manila Ocean Park on 8 April 2017.

 

Mr. Florencio Teves III of the Policy and Program Development Division (PPDD) explained the OWWA Programs and Services. He also reminded the students that, “You can choose your work but not your officemates.” Furthermore, he challenged the scholars to set their goals. He said that, “Sa panahon ngayon, ang credentials ay sa papel na lang. Ang ina-assess ngayon ng mga employer ay ang ugali ng aplikante.”

 

Ms. Paz Resurrecion M. Alip, Resource Speaker, conducted the different activities in assessing the attitude of the participants towards themselves and to other people, and she also discussed several topics on the importance of attitude in getting hired and in the workplace. She stated that, “Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na masyadong hinahanap ang IQ, attitude na ang hinahanap ngayon. Ang skills kasi pwede ituro pero ang attitude hindi. Attitude always makes the difference especially since dito nakikita ang beliefs at values ng tao.” Ms. Alip also reminded the scholars that, “You control your attitude. Lahat ng bagay may choice ka kaya ikaw ang magde desisyon kung maganda o pangit na ugali mo ang ipapakita mo.”

From L to R: RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair explaining the importance of having a positive attitude; Mr. Andre Joseph Anthony Alip discussing the right attitude that an applicant must possess to get hired; and PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa delivering the closing remarks.
 

RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair discussed the importance of having a positive mindset in the workplace. She emphasized that, “Dapat lagi tayong positive para maging maunlad tayo. We should always reflect on the positive side of life.” Director Sinclair also talked about the importance of the lectures by saying, “Yung tinuro sa inyo ni Ms. Surie na dynamics ng tao ay importante at we expect na marami kayong matutunan dahil napansin namin na may kulang pa rin ang napag-aralan ninyo sa eskwela.

 

Mr. Andre Joseph Anthony Alip, Vice President for Corporate Human Resources of China Oceanis Philippines and the Immediate Past President of the Association of Human Resources (AHRM) in the Hospitality Industry, lectured on the importance of doing well during the On-the-Job Training so that the company will absorb you after graduation. “Ang mindset dapat habang natututo kayo make sure that they would notice your potential na pwedeng i-offer sa kanila. Also, be ready to go the extra mile. Be serious and act like you are already an employee.” Mr. Alip also asked them to be like a sponge, “Learn all the things as much as possible para kapag piniga kayo meron kayong mailalabas. Dapat meron kayong alam about the company.”

 

Ms. Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief of Program Services Division, delivered her closing message by emphasizing the importance of the activity. She said that, “Kaya tayo may ganitong activity ay para matutunan ninyo ang halaga ng attitude. Hindi sapat na grade conscious lang, dapat paglaan ng pansin ang attitude dahil iyan na ang ina-assess ng mga employers ngayon.”

 
The ODSP and EDSP scholars with OWWA RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair (center, in white), Ms. Surie M. Alip (center, in blue), ETU Head Vivian Velez (center, in dark blue) and the Education and Training Unit (ETU) staff.
From top L to R: ETU Head Vivian Velez welcoming the scholars to the learning support activity and Mr. Florencio Teves III reminding the applicants about the importance of attitude in getting hired. From bottom L to R: Ms. Surie Alip discussing the mechanics of the activity and the scholars participating actively in the team exercises.

 

National Capital Region
EDLP Applicants Attend Agribusiness Seminar

15 applicants of the OFW Enterprise Development Loan Program (EDLP) in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the Phase 2 (Business Immersion) on High Value Vegetables and Organic Farming conducted by the Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) in partnership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the OWWA Multipurpose Hall on 17 March 2017.  

 

The EDLP is an enterprise development intervention and loan facility of OWWA in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) which aims to help the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families create a viable business enterprise that will provide them with a steady income stream and create employment opportunities in their community. The program has 3 phases namely: the Program Orientation and Business Appreciation, Project-Specific/Visit to Demo Farms/Immersion and the Business Plan Writing Seminar. The applicants must attend all these phases to be able to fully understand the program.

From top L to R (clockwise): Josephine Costales giving tips on how to sustain an organic farm; Mimi Tolentino discussing the Agribusiness; PPDO Director Albert Valenciano delivering his closing remarks; RU Head Zandro Almendrala giving some reminders to the applicants and Engineer Raul Rebollos II discussing the loan facilities of the Sustainable Agribusiness Financing Program of DBP.
 

Mrs. Josephine Costales, Chairman of the Costales Nature Farms, discussed organic farming and gave some tips on how to start and sustain a business. She explained that, “Sa panahon ngayon dapat maingat tayo sa mga kinakain natin. Mas maganda kung organic food ang kakainin natin dahil hindi na natin alam kung ano ano ang mga tinuturok na gamot o iniispray na insecticide sa ibang kinakain natin.” She said that they turned their retreat house into a livelihood farm and started their own pure organic farm business. She also shared their success story being IT experts and became the owner of the 1st Farm Tourism Destination in the Philippines accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

 

Ms. Mimi Tolentino of the Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS) discussed the Agribusiness sector and the role of the Department of Agriculture in the said industry while Engineer Raul Rebollos II discussed the loan features of the Sustainable Agribusiness Financing Program (SAFP) of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

 

Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of Reintegration Unit, reminded the applicants that starting a business should be planned and considered carefully. “Wala namang negosyong malaki agad, lahat ng negosyo ay dumadaan sa ups and downs kaya dapat ay desidido ka sa gusto mong negosyo. Dapat inaaral at pinaghahandaan ng maigi ang balak mong itayong negosyo,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, Director Albert Valenciano of the Policy and Program Development Office (PPDO) concluded the seminar by saying, “Sana ay may natutunan kayo tungkol sa Agribusiness industry sa seminar na ito at sana ay naliwanagan kayo kung ito ba talaga ang industriya na gusto ninyong pasukin.  Ang approval ng loan ninyo ay nakasalalay sa inyong business plan kung kaya’t aralin niyo ito ng maigi.” 

 
From first row L to R: Mimi Tolentino of the Department of Agriculture Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (DA-AMAS), Reintegration Unit (RU) Head Zandro Almendrala, Engineer Raul Rebollos II of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Policy and Program Development Office (PPDO) Director Albert Q. Valenciano together with the participants of the Entrepreneurial Development Seminar.

National Capital Region
Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! NCR Beneficiaries Receive Starter Kits

24 beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program (BPBH) completed their skills training and received their starter kits at the Ultima Entrepinoy Center in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City on 5 April 2017. On the other hand, 15 beneficiaries completed their skills training and received their starter kits at the Negoskwela Livelihood and Training Center in Diliman, Quezon City on 10 April 2017.

 

The BPBH is a non-cash livelihood assistance to provide relief to OFWs who are displaced due to war, political conflict, policy reform, illegal recruitment, human trafficking, or other distressful situations. It has two components, namely: techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial training and starter kit/goods. 

 

The beneficiaries completed the different trainings in their preferred course to gain knowledge about the business that they intend to put up. After the training, they were given starter kits for - meat processing, pastry baking, peanut butter making, detergent making, foot and hand spa with manicure and pedicure, fruit juice making, hair cutting, t-shirt printing, and native kakanin making.

From L to R: Ms. Lulu Rivera sharing a Bible verse to give the beneficiaries spiritual guidance and Ms. Gertrudes Morales, one of the beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program, poses happily with her starter kit.
 

Ms. Lourdes Canlas Santos-Rivera, Vice President of the Spices and Foodmix House and Ultima Entrepinoy Center, shared a Holy Scripture - Psalm 23 by relating it to the experiences of OFW-beneficiaries when they were still working abroad. She said that, “Kalimutan ninyo na yung nakaraan ninyo, tapos na yun. Ang isipin ninyo ay yung ngayon. The Lord sent you here for you to build a new career path. He also sent you to us to share our expertise to help start your business.” Mrs. Rivera said.

 

Ms. Gertrudes Morales, one of the beneficiaries who worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than a year, claimed that the BPBH is a big help to start her own business. Ms. Morales cannot hide her happiness after receiving her starter kit for Fruit Juice Concentrate. She quipped that, “Malaking tulong itong starter kit na nakuha ko pati na din yung training. Sa Awa ng Diyos sana ay maging successful itong itatayo kong negosyo. Nagpapasalamat ako sa programang ito dahil marami itong natutulungan at higit sa lahat libre lang ito.”

 
From L to R: Ms. Lourdes Canlas Santos-Rivera, Vice President of the Spices and Foodmix House and Ultima Entrepinoy Center, Mr. Robert Ryan Sison, Ms. Annaliza Estrada and Ms. Janell Serrano of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office - National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) together with the recipients of the detergent making starting kit and the beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! checking the contents of their starter kits.

RWO XI
Program launch and Seminar for the Protection of Children left behind by the OFWs held in Davao City

Davao City - Pursuant to the joint agreement between the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the provision of full protection to children left behind by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), a program launch and a seminar was held last March 30, 2017 at The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City with Director Carmelina F. Velasquez, representing OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, as the honored guest.

 

The seminar-program is designed to empower caregivers and program implementers on the rights and responsibilities of children and the prevention of such abuses and violence in the community. Likewise, it aims to heighten the awareness of the participants on the issues and problems concerning children left behind by the OFWs, identify appropriate intervention for the protection of children left behind, invoke appropriate attitudes of the participants to broaden their perspectives in dealing   with the issues, establish convergence program with OWWA, DSWD, DOJ and LGUs, and formulate an action plan to address such issues and problems.

 

Resource Speakers from DSWD and DOJ provided substantial inputs to draw the attention of one-hundred forty five (145) participants on the condition and situation of the left behind OFW children. Representatives from the partner government agencies, non-government organizations, members of OFW Family Circles in Davao Region, and OWWA Regional Directors including their Family Welfare Officers in Mindanao attended the one-day seminar.

 

OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director welcomed all guests and participants and provided the rationale of the seminar. “The vulnerability of left behind children to child abuse and violence are high when there is parental absence and caregivers are not providing such love and care that was expected from them because of the absence of attachment to the left behind child”, Dir. Bellido said.

 

In her message, Dir. Velasquez emphasized that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) compliments to R.A. 7610 (An Act Providing Stronger Deterrence and Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination) and RA 9262 (An Act on Violence against Women and Children). “The agreement will also provide a strategic component to further enhance the campaign and coordination among government agencies to provide welfare, assistance, prevention and remedial mechanism against child abuse and exploitation, particularly on the children of OFWs”, said Dir. Velasquez, the Vice-Chairperson of the OWWA’s Committee on Child Protection.

 

DOJ Prosecutor, Atty. Janet Grace B. Dalisay-Fabrero and DSWD Assistant to the Regional Director for Operations, Ms. Rebecca A. Sta. Maria likewise gave their message of support to the campaign.

 

Ms. Pedrita Dimakiling, the Head of DSWD Community-based Services Unit, presented the data of children left behind as served by its office. Based on the data presented (CY 2016 and 1st Quarter 2017), a total of forty (40) OFWs were served and six (6) of them were cases of child abuse including the case of a 2-year old child who died due to mauling and physical injuries inflicted by the child’s Aunt and Uncle while his mother works in Bahrain. Other topics discussed by Ms. Dimakiling include: the effects of migration to children left behind; protocol in handling child victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation; and preventive and rehabilitative programs and services to children.

 

DOJ Assistant Regional Prosecutor Ritzel R. Polinar, on the other hand, discussed the Salient Features of Republic Act 7610 and other relevant laws designed to provide special protection to children against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination. In order to have a clear understanding of the said law, Prosecutor Polinar defined child abuse as any act which inflicts physical or psychological injury, cruelty to or the neglect, sexual abuse of, or which exploits a child. Other forms of child abuse were likewise enumerated and discussed by Atty. Polinar.

 

June Mark Cagalitan, the older brother of John Earl gave his testimony on how painful being left by a loved one who suffered and died of physical abuse from their relatives. He expressed his gratitude to OWWA, DOJ and DSWD for launching a program that will protect and monitor the OFW children. “With this program, I hope that there will be no more OFW children who will suffer from any forms of abuse like my brother”, he said.

 

An open forum was also held after the discussion and presentation of the resource speakers wherein various issues and concerns were addressed and given clarifications.

 

Finally, a workshop identifying the gaps and issues concerning protection for children left behind by the OFWs was done to serve as basis in formulating program of action of concerned agencies and institutions. Some of the gaps and issues identified include; lack of information about the laws, no available data of children left behind, deterioration of good values, among others.

 

OWWA XI Supervising Officer Carmelo T. Elaya, in his closing remarks, challenged all the stakeholders to do their part in ensuring full protection for children left behind by the OFWs.

Participants from the partner government agencies, non-government organization, members of the OFW Family Circles and OWWA personnel from the different regions in Mindanao.
Participants listened to the welcome message of OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido.
OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido presented the rationale of the seminar.
Director Carmelina F. Velasquez delivered a message during the program on behalf of Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac.
Ms. Pedrita Dimakiling, Head of DSWD Community-based Services Unit discussed the effects of migration to children left behind and protocol in handling child victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
DOJ Assistant Regional Prosecutor Ritzel R. Polinar discussed the Salient Features of R.A. 7610 and other relative laws designed to provide special protection to children against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
Ms. Inorosa S. Elento from the Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Action, Inc. asked clarifications on the creation of committee for the protection of children left behind by the OFWs during the open forum which was addressed by Dir. Carmelina F. Velasquez.
Mati City OFC President Arlen Vicente suggested to have an interactive and fruitful activities for the OFW children to divert their attention.
Participants from the non-government organizations exchanged thoughts during the workshop.
Participants wrote their identified gaps and issues as well as recommendations during the workshop.
OWWA XI Supervising Welfare Officer Carmelo T. Elaya in his closing remarks.
Dir. Carmelina F. Velasquez during her interview with ABS-CBN Davao reporter Vina Araneta.
OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido was interviewed by different media personnel from TV and radio stations.
June Mark Cagalitan, the older brother of John Earl gave his testimony on how painful being left by a loved one who suffered and died of physical abuse from their relatives.

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR AND SOCIAL CORPORATE PARTNERS GEARING UP FOR 2017 COMMUNITY BASED TRAININGS

Director Emma V. Sinclair of the Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) spearheaded the meeting with the social corporate partners to further improve the Financial Literacy Training and to support various trainings such as Values Formation Seminars conducted at the different communities in the National Capital Region (NCR) at the OWWA Conference Room on 16 March 2017.

 

She encourages everybody present in the meeting to identify the needs and wants of the OFWs and their dependents to adjust the topics discussed in the conduct of the Financial Literacy at the community level. She challenged the group to plan another approach in teaching them.

 

The Community Based Trainings are part of the Reintegration Program of OWWA, such as: the Financial Literacy, Values Formation Seminar, Livelihood Skills Development Training and Organizational Development Training conducted at the community level. The Financial Literacy Training guides the OFWs and their dependents on how to manage their finances. The Values Formation Seminar contains topics on relevant family/social issues and moral values. The Livelihood Skills Development Training for would be entrepreneurs covers various knowledge and skills in engaging into different entrepreneurial businesses. The Organizational Development Training tackles leadership in strengthening the dynamics of relationships among OFCs in communities.

Director Emma Sinclair spearheads the consultation meeting together with the official representatives of OWWA-social corporate partners.
 

The group discussed the 2016 accomplishments and the 2017 plans  were discussed during the meeting. The RWO-NCR and the social corporate partners agreed that they will work together as one in helping one another to improve the community based trainings conducted at various cities and municipality in NCR. Moreover, the RWO-NCR will ensure that the target number of OFWs and their families will attend the organized seminars or orientation. On the other hand, the social corporate partners will invite the resource speakers and the financial advisers to guide the attendees in managing their finances.

 

Mr. Jerwin Agarao from BPI shared their good practice in conducting the Financial Literacy Training by emphasizing that, “It depends on the life stage of the OFW, if he/she is a beginner OFW diyan pumapasok yung basic savings. Now if sila ay medyo experienced na more on sa investment na ang dini discuss namin and if nasa retiring stage na sila doon na papasok yung preparation for retirement kaya iba-iba yung topic depende sa life stage.”

 

The Social Corporate Partners actively participating and supporting the OWWA Programs and Services to OFW Family Circles are: Social Security System (SSS), Pag-ibig, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Duty Free, Metrobank, Banco de Oro (BDO) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

 
From L to R: Francis Felipe Tolentino, Raymond Maglalang and Jazmine Dabu of Metrobank, Wilmer Mapa of Duty Free, Jerwin Agarao of BPI, OWWA-RWO NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair, Reintegration Unit Head Zandro Almendrala, Program Services Division Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, Atty. Sylvette Sybico of SSS, Vohn Villar of BDO and Doris Tan of LBP.

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