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OWWA extends financial assistance to OFW injured in hacking incident

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extended financial assistance of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P 50,000.00) to Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing, 26 years old, with three kids who was badly injured in a hacking incident at Greenhills, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.


Lenie Tacpan, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in KSA, as per her statement, went home for a vacation. According to her, she requested her live-in partner, the father of her three children whom she has long been separated, to bring his parents to her parent’s house to finally settle the issue of separation. Early morning of March 10, 2017, her partner entered the house unnoticed, went up stairs and using a Bolo, began to hack Lenie who was then sound asleep next to her sister. Their father who came to rescue was hacked as well. They were rushed to the hospital but Lenie got the fatal blow.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo personally visited Lenie in the hospital and coordinated with DSWD-ARMM to provide a psycho-social intervention to Lenie and to her children who witnessed the bloody incident. 

OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing
Visit to OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing at
Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Cotabato City.



OWWA-Regional Welfare Office VIII congratulates Mr. Earl Antonell P. Doctolero, an EDSP scholar who graduated Cum Laude with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSTHRM) at Leyte Normal University last March 29, 2017.


Mr. Doctolero has a single OFW brother and was an “active” OWWA member allowing him to take the EDSP qualifying examination for the batch 2013-2014.  Mr. Mark Elton P. Doctolero, brother of Earl, was a former Architect at Technical Vocational Training Corporation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Earl’s father is working as a Private Electrician while his mother is a freelance Book-keeper. Earl’s financial assistance amounting to Php 60, 000.00 per school year was a big help to him and his family’s financial dilemma.


Currently, Earl is helping his brother manage their small family business while looking for a job.


Earl expressed his plan to take internship at any restaurants in America to acquire more experience in the food industry during his interview with OWWA. Also, part of his long term plans, is to establish a restaurant in the Philippines and establish his name as one of the minor, even major contributor in food industry in Region 8.  


“Thank you so much OWWA for giving me a chance to be part of your “happy” family. For being my guide and for pushing me to strive harder, farther and to always give my best” said Earl during his interview with OWWA staff.

Earl (third from right) pose with his friends after his graduation.


Mr. Doctolero (left) during his graduation rites last March 29, 2017



OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 is now accepting applicants for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).


In its thrust to expand its program to all beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OWWA has expanded the annual scholarship slots from 200 to 1,000.


Eligible beneficiaries are children of active OWWA members or their siblings (if unmarried or childless) who are not more than 21 years old, currently enrolled in Grade 12, and are incoming college freshmen belonging to the top 20 per cent of their graduating class.


Qualified applicants who are incoming college freshmen will be required to take the Department of Science and Technology’s national qualifying examination.


In addition, its scope also now includes members’ beneficiaries already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year of college who are single, not more than 30 years old, and with 85 per cent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


A financial assistance of P60,000.00 per school year and a group health and accident insurance coverage of P300,000.00 are entitled to the scholars.


Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA RWO 6, emphasized that interested applicants should send their applications on or before July 31, 2017.


Application forms are provided at the OWWA Region 6 Office at Robinsons Place Iloilo City or are available for download at the following link:


Interested dependents may call the office for more details at telephone numbers (033) 509-1075 or 337-4484, or at (034) 432-2873 for the Bacolod City satellite office.

(FILE PHOTO) OWWA Region 6 staff with the Region 6 scholars during the OWWA Scholars’ Conference last December 2016. 


Tuloy-Aral Beneficiary Thank OWWA for the Assistance

Niña May M. Bago is the youngest of the three (3) sisters. Her parents were separated long time ago and she lived with her mother. The one supporting her education was her elder sister, Menchie who previously worked in Qatar and is now in Dubai as clerk. Her mother is unemployed and their daily subsistence depends largely on the remittances of her sister.


Niña enrolled BS Electro-Mechanical Technology at Mindanao University of Science and Technology now University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City. In 2011, during her 2nd year in college, tropical depression “Sendong” submerged Cagayan de Oro City and her family saw the devastation of their small house including their belongings. OWWA-10 conducted profiling to those who are affected for extending possible assistance and her family was considered. She was included as beneficiary for the Tuloy-Aral Program. Through the facilitation of former Welfare Officer Leonor Mabagal of POLO-Greece, Alassia Newships Management Inc. became her sponsor and extend financial assistance until she graduated last March 2016.


Presently, Niña is working as a Safety Officer at Fresh Fruit Ingredients Inc. in Medina, Misamis Oriental. Niña extends her grateful appreciation to the generosity of Alassia Newships through the assistance she received in her schooling. She also thanked OWWA for coming-up with this kind of program that benefited the families of less fortunate OFWs.


OWWA-ARMM conducts monitoring activity to strengthen livelihood program

COTABATO CITY – Consistent in the bid to support and strengthen livelihood programs to its client-OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted a monitoring activity to the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) livelihood recipients last April 24-28, 2017.


Family Welfare Officer (FWO) Moctar S. Ulama lead the team. They interviewed the recipients to identify the needs of the OFWs and ensure that the agency continuously delivers quality programs and services for them.


“Through this monitoring activity, we determine whether the inputs in the projects were well utilized and to identify problems facing the community or project and finding solutions”, Ulama said.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the monitoring provides a means for the agency seeking to learn from their experiences and to incorporate them into policy and practice.


Nagpapasalamat po ako sa OWWA dahil hindi talaga nila kami pinapapabayaan. Nagpapasalamat din po ako dahil patuloy pa rin ang mga programang katulad nito na napakalaking tulong sa aming mga OFW”, one of the beneficiaries said.


Thus, OWWA-ARMM continues to seek prospective partners to provide the agency’s livelihood programs a wider range of opportunity that could best meet the needs and interests of their clients. 



OWWA Region 10 conducts info-campaign on Education for Development Scholarship Program (ODSP)

Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer III and Focal Person of the Degree Granting Scholarship Program was the guest of the “Birada Morning Program” of Mellow Touch 95.7FM last May 25, 2017 anchored by one of veteran radio broadcaster in Cagayan de Oro, Ronnie M. Waniwan. Mr. Mesias discussed the newly amended guidelines of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) effective SY2017-18 and 2018-19. The enhanced guideline of EDSP includes the increased of scholarship slot for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) from 200 slots to 400 slots and allocation of 6 scholarship slots to those who are already in college (2nd yr to 5th yr) per province covered by Region 10.


The EDSP is a scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA members who shall enroll or is currently enrolled in any four-year or five-year baccalaureate course in any college or university. A financial assistance of Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php60,000) per year shall be provided to the scholar. Eligible applicants must be a child of married OFWs or sibling of a single OFW or childless married OFWs. For incoming first year the applicant must be single, not more than 21 years of a  ge, Grade 12 graduating student, with a GWA of 80% and above and belongs to the upper 20% of the graduating class and belongs to the top 400 qualifiers of national qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology. For those who are already in college, an applicant must be single, not more than 30 years old and with a GWA not lower than B letter grade or 85% equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load.


Filing of EDSP applications for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) start this June 2017 and for those in college is on first come first serve basis.





Koronadal City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XII celebrated the 2017 Migrant Workers Day with the theme "Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs." at KCC Convention Center, General Santos City last June 07, 2017.


The event was participated by Six Hundred (600) Overseas Filipino Workers and their families who are members of various OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the region. The DOLE – Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE – RCC) comprised of attached agencies to the Department of Labor and Employment was also present in the event.  


The agency highlighted the exemplary contributions of the OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the SOCCSKSARGEN region through its 2017 OFC Bagong Bayani Awards. This salutation serves as an inspiration to all OFW Family Circles (OFCs) to continue doing worthwhile activities for the betterment of the OFW community and our country.  


OIC Director Marlyn E. Jamero in her welcome message expressed her gratitude to the OFW community for their significant contribution to the socio-economic development of our country. She assured that the agency will continue to provide efficient programs and services to address the needs of modern heroes and their families.


The 2017 Outstanding OFC Member was Precilla A. Panzo of Capayuran OFW Family Association in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato. Her association has been an active partner of LGU-Pigcawayan in initiating various activities like Medical Missions and Feeding Programs. She was also one of the recipients of OWWA’s Parangal sa Natatanging Kababaihan during the Women’s Month Celebration last March 2017 at PICC.


Meanwhile, the TM OFW Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative was hailed as the OFC Bagong Bayani Awardee. This OFW association was formed by OWWA in 2004 and was acknowledged as the only OFW cooperative in the region in 2014.  They have been involved in various social and civic activities that empowered its members to be advocates for the improvement of the OFW community in Tulunan, North Cotabato. 


"Ang karangalang ito na nagmula sa OWWA ay hindi lamang para sa aming asosasyon. Ito po ay parangal at pagkilala sa bawat bagong bayani na naririto ngayon at saang sulok man ng mundo. Asahan niyo po, na mas pagbubutihan pa namin ang aming paglilingkod upang mas maipagmalaki pa natin ang pamilyang OFW. Mabuhay po ang Migranteng Pilipino. "., this was an excerpt from the message of Mr. Davie P. Celestial, President of TM OFW Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative..


Here is the complete list of winners of OFC Bagong Bayani Awards



TM OFW Farmers Cooperative


Capayuran  OFW and Family Association


Old Poblacion Maitum OFW  Family Association


Tupi Overseas Families Association


Poblacion 3 OFW and Family Association


New Pangasinan OFW Family Association



Precilla A. Panzo

           OFC YOUTH MODEL

Runolyn Subpangan


Davie P. Celestial


Ginalyn L. Montalban


Manuel O. Ramento, Jr.

The celebration is annual activity of OWWA in commemoration of signing into law of Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 that aims to recognize the incomparable efforts and sacrifices of Overseas Filipino Workers all over the world.

The  2017 Outstanding OFW Family Circle, TM OFW Farmer Marketing Multi-Purpose Cooperative together with the  2017 Outstanding OFC Member Precilla A. Panzo (center in blue) 


OFW Precilla A. Panzo (center) emotionally receives her Plaque of Recognition and Cash Prize from OIC Marlyn E. Jamero (leftmost) and DOLE XII Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi.


Winners for Individual Category holding their Plaques: Manuel Ramento, Jr. – Outstanding New OFC Member and Ginalyn L. Montalban, Excellence for Community and Social Service Awardee.


Winners for Individual Category holding their Plaques: Davie P. Celestial – Leadership Awardee and Runolyn M. Subpangan, Outstanding OFC Youth Model Awarde.


Winners for Group Category (Clockwise from Upper Right) : Poblacion 3 OFW Family Association – Most Promising OFC; OFW New Pangasinan Isulan Sector -  Excellence for Environmental Protection Awardee; Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association - Excellence for Entrepreneurship Awardee; and Tupi Overseas Families Association - Excellence for Sports, Culture and Arts Awardee.


Some of Public OFW Desk Officers(PODOs) who attended this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day.




OWWA RWO-10 holds Scholars Summer Camp cum Conference and Learning Session

Last May 3-5, 2017, twenty-nine (29) scholars attended the Summer Camp cum Conference and Learning Session held at the Demiren Hotel, Tiano St., Cagayan de Oro City. The two and half day live-in activity has the following objectives as follows: Discuss sexuality as an important component of one’s personality; determine the factors that affects one’s attitudes and practices related to sexuality and assess personal  attitudes that may influence sexual behavior; define what is gender and its concepts; appreciate the importance of dating and courtship in choosing ideal partner in life; identify programs and services and intervention of Government towards the protection of children of OFWs left behind; and gain knowledge on the salient features of RA9262. Topics on human sexuality, gender, courtship, marriage and family life were discussed by Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, OWWO III and Ms. Eunecie D. Rugay, Family Welfare Officer respectively. The scholars were also get acquainted on the Programs and Interventions provided for the children of OFWs by Ms. Marylou L. Aniñon of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Field Office No. 10 while Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Edwardsam  A. Eullaran of the Cagayan de Oro City Prosecutor’s Office discussed the legal aspect in pursuing cases against violators. Similarly, he also tackles on Etiquettes in Social Media, Cybercrime – Penalty and Prevention.


Aside from the learning sessions, a sports-feast held at Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center and showcase of talents among the scholars highlighted the event. 





Zamboanga City – Twenty one (21) OFWs received their livelihood starter kits under the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay program of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on May 24 & 26, 2017, this City. The awarding of starter kits was facilitated by Mark Teody Bidad, AO-V/Accountant and assisted by Shedra S. Ayaz and Khalil Isser S. Lorena, both Family Welfare Officers and Fatima Jane Salihuddin, Labor Communication Officer of OWWWA RWO-IX, Zamboanga City.


Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay! Program is a package of livelihood assistance/support intended to provide immediate relief to returning OWWA members, active or non-active who were: (1) displaced by hostilities or wars/political conflicts, policy reforms or changes by host governments; (2) victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking or other distressful situations; (3) distressed wards at the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Resource Centers who are due for repatriation; and (4) repatriated OWWA-members who were employed by foreign employers which are beset with financial difficulties due to economic conditions.


The livelihood kits starter kits vary from sewing machine, burger stand, and baking & carinderia kits depending on the choice of the recipient. The recipients must submit Business Plan for their desired business and attend the Financial Literacy Training. The training aims to: (1) Equip the participants with management skills in business and (2) Encourage participants to engage in self-employment in lieu of overseas work.


Recipients are especially grateful to OWWA RWO-IX for the assistance. “This kit will really help me change my life”, said Jijang Aradi, a recipient of the Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanap Buhay Program.

Recipient of Sewing Machine Kit 
Recipient of Baking & Carinderia Kit 
Recipient of Burger Stand Kit
OWWA RWO IX Staff during the Financial Literacy Training (L-R) (Back) CJ QUIAMCO, FATIMA HAWARI, and FATIMA NASARI (all GIPs), NAJIB SALAPUDDIN, IT Instructor (Front) SHEDRA S. AYAZ and BADRIA ABDULA (Both Family Welfare Officer), FATIMA JANE SALIHUDDIN, Labor Communication Officer


OWWA RWO-10 joins International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

OWWA Region-10 joins the International 34th AIDS Candlelight Memorial last May 14, 2017 at the Activity Center, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. Hundreds of participants coming from different sectoral groups to include the academe, youth, health-advocate and some government agencies also attended the event. The program started with a Holy Mass afterwards the ceremonial lighting of candles in commemoration to those who died inflicted with AIDS as well as a show of support to those persons living with HIV, and concerned advocate groups who worked tirelessly for the education and awareness and provision of care and treatment.


One of the highlights of the program was the testimony of a person living with HIV. The testimony seeks to reduce the stigma as well as a sort of information-dissemination and awareness to the gravity of the problem. It also aims to encourage persons who have risky behaviors to have tested with HIV and avail of the treatment offered by the government health institutions and non-government organizations.


Since its inception in 2010, OWWA-10 has been part of this worthwhile endeavor. OWWA is one of the member age ncies of the Misamis Oriental – Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network, (MOCAN) a coalition of government and non-government organizations working for various HIV-AIDS related causes in Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao.