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OWWA Region 1 Joins 21st Seafarers' Day Celeb

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) joined the celebration of the 21st National Seafarers’ Day with the theme- “Marinong Pilipino: Tatak ng Kahusayan,” last October 8, 2016 in Caba, La Union.


Spearheaded by the Diocesan Ministry for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (DMMI), the activity seeks to promote the welfare of the Filipino seafarers and their families. 


More than 300 participants attended the activity, majority of which are students of maritime schools, diocesan schools and other public high schools in La Union. Also present were representatives from government agencies such as the OWWA, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Navy, MARINA, Commission on Human Rights, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.


The whole-day activity began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Caba, La Union. Other activities were performances and a lecture on legal concerns governing the seafaring profession.


At present, there are 4,840 active sea-based OWWA members in Region 1.

La Union FWO Khristian Paul Maglaya (2nd from left) and OFW Leader Evelyn Dulay (leftmost) joined in the celebration of the 21st National Seafarers’ Day with the theme-Marinong Pilipino: Tatak ng Kahusayan last October 8, 2016 in Caba, La Union.
Maritime students in La Union took part in the celebration of the 21st National Seafarers’ Day last October 8, 2016 in Caba, La Union with the theme: Marinong Pilipino: Tatak ng Kahusayan.


OWWA Provides Medical Assistance To OFW Villar

Davao City – The newly appointed OWWA Administrator, Hans Leo J. Cacdac, together with OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido, personally handed the medical assistance amounting to Fifty Thousand Pesos (P50,000.00) to OFW Marichu Tampol Villar  last October 6, 2016 at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital, Digos City. The said amount will help her defray cost of medicines, laboratories, EENT examination and CT Scan after suffering from severe maltreatment from her employer.


OFW Villar, 29 years old, from Brgy. Manga, Matanao, Davao del Sur worked as a Household Service Worker for two years (August 20, 2014-September 29, 2016) in Doha, Qatar. During her employment, she was subjected to physical and verbal abused by the wife of her employer. She sustained first degree burns on her face,  legs, back and other parts of the body. She also has bruises in her head which was the result of banging and being hit by hard objects.


When she arrived home last September 30, 2016, she was immediately taken to Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital by her family and relatives for immediate medical attention.


The OWWA Regional office came to know of her case through her cousin Junel Villar who sent her photos to the region’s facebook account and e-mail last October 4, 2016 with the report of POLO Qatar. According to Junel, he posted it in the social media to draw attention and ask justice for Marichu.


Admin Cacdac said, aside from the medical assistance, OFW Villar will also be entitled to livelihood assistance under the Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay program, a scholarship grant for any short-term courses worth P14,500.00, and disability assistance which will be determined after her EENT examination and check-up. Likewise, she will be provided with legal assistance during the filing of case against her employer. “Marichu, her son and family will be provided with psycho-social counseling to cope up with their traumatic experience”, the administrator added.


Despite of what had happened, OFW Villar remained strong and resolute and willing to file a case against her employer. OWWA, on the other hand, assured the family of support in pursuing the case. Margarita Villar, mother of Marichu, expressed her heartfelt gratitude to OWWA for all the support extended to them.

OWWA-ARMM Inks Memorandum of Agreement with the Academe

COTABATO CITY – To intensify its education program for OFWs and their dependents, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) has inked a Memorandum of Agreement with two schools last September 6, 2016.


The signing were led by OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo with Elma L. Maliga, school president of Sapakan National High School, Rajah Buayan, Maguindanao, in the presence of OWWA-ARMM FWO Moctar S. Ulama and Mayor Engr. Zamsamin L. Ampatuan, CESO I, and Bonifacio E. Valdez, MD., PhD, president of VMC Asian College Foundation, Inc., Tacurong City.


The agreement strengthens the partnership between the agency and the said schools in providing Skills-to-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) to the clients, specifically to OWWA members and their beneficiaries in the area.


“Rest assured that VMC Asian College Foundation, Inc. will continue to promote excellent standard and assist students to become productive members of the society,” Valdez said.


On the other hand, expressing gratitude for the privilege given, Maliga said he looks forward to a fruitful partnership.


Director Crisostomo said OWWA-ARMM continues to seek for prospective partners to provide the agency’s scholars a wider range of options in selecting the right schools that could best meet their needs and interests.

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Conducts Skills Training on Personal Care Products at Pasig City Hall

The Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR), in partnership with Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center, conducted a free training on personal care products last 05 October 2016 at the Pasig City Hall.


Mary Rose Rivera from Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center spoke to about 50 members of OFW Family Circles (OFCs) who attended the event. She demonstrated the process of making dishwashing liquids, hand sanitizers, and lotions for personal use and business.


“Some of the benefits of creating your own personal care products include being able to ensure the quality of the products while earning and supporting your families. All we need are the right materials, instructions, and hard work,” encouraged Ms. Rivera.


Pasig City OFC President Susan Jarina heartily agreed and encouraged all the participants to apply what they learned.


Let us all make sure that the knowledge and materials that we obtain today don’t just stay in our heads or inside our cabinets. We should work together to help our families and our communities,” Ms. Jarina remarked.


Family Welfare Officer Carlyn Dungca was overjoyed with the outcome of the training. “Hopefully through skills trainings like these, may the OFCs be more empowered to maximize their skills and time while their relatives are working outside of the country,” she said.


The RWO-NCR provides free skills trainings to members of OFCs as part of OWWA’s community-based programs and interventions for OFWs and their dependents.

(From left to right: Mary Rosa Rivera from Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center facilitates training on personal care products; Pasig City OFCs listen attentively to the speaker; Ms. Rivera demonstrates how to create hand sanitizers and other similar products; OFC members take a closer look at the materials and products; Ms. Rivera gives free samples of products created; OFC members pose with training facilitator.)


OWWA RWO XII in convergence with DTI XII conducts Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training

KORONADAL CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII (OWWA RWO-XII) in partnership with Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office XII (DTI RO 12) thru Negosyo Centers, conducted Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) to aspiring migrant workers entrepreneurs. This convergent training is in line with the implementation of Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP), an enhanced Reintegration program of said agency.


It soughts to equip OFWs and their dependents in the establishment of viable business enterprise that will provide them with a steady income stream and create employment opportunities in their community.   


The first tranche of EEDT was held on October 4-5, 2016 at DTI- Negosyo Center General Santos City and actively participated by sixteen (16) committed prospective OFW entrepreneurs. Participants were given training/workshops in choosing the right enterprise that would their skills and passion.  Crafting of a simplified business proposal and financial management were also introduced to them.


The same training will also be conducted to all qualified OFWs and their dependents, who wish to avail the said loan facility program in the different partner DTI-Negosyo Centers in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.


The OFW-EDLP, formerly known as OFW-Reintegration Program (OFW-RP), is an enterprise development intervention and loan facility of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in partnership with Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families.

Figure 1. Ms. Kristine Marie H. Sison, OWWO III / Program Manager conducts the Orientation about the Program.
Figure 3-A. Ms. Sharon B. Medicillo, DTI Business Consultant speaks about Business Appreciation.
Figure 2-B. Mr. Regi Jan Villaruel, DTI Business Consultant Introducing Ideas on how to Start the Business.


OWWA Awarded Outstanding Regional Partner by BSP in Implementing Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Info Campaign

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Third in a row, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office X (OWWA RWO X) has been awarded once again as the Outstanding Regional Partner in Cagayan de Oro City in Implementing BSP’s Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Information.  It was conducted during the 2016 Award Ceremony and Appreciation lunch for Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Stakeholders of Region 10 and Caraga last Sept. 6, Tuesday, at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Osmeña St., Cagayan de Oro City.


OIC-RD Roseller D. Bartolome received the award given by BSP Monetary Board Member Felipe M. Medalla.


The event, which is now on its 13th year, is held annually to show gratitude to its stakeholders who have continuously supported the BSP’s statistical undertakings, information needs and advocacy programs and effectively deliver BSP’s functions through OWWA’s Pre- Departure Orientation Seminar.


Right before the event formally started, an audio- visual presentation was played with the theme “Sustained Partnership, Sustained Economic Growth” followed by the welcome remarks of Iluminada T. Sicat, Managing Director of the Regional Monetary Affairs Sub-sector.


The event closed with all the awardees chunked in a group photo together with the BSP officials and a sumptuous lunch afterwards.

OWWA 10 Attends DOLE 24/7 Hotline Launch

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Office X (OWWA RWO X) together with the other agencies, under the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were present in the launching of the 24/7 DOLE Hotline last 31 August 2016 at the De Luxe Hotel, Capt. Vicente Roa St., Cagayan de Oro City. led by the DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante in the presence of local media both in radio and television.


OWWA has long been using its own hotline in answering queries regarding its programs and services and also to provide immediate response to those in crises and emergency situations.


As to date, most of the queries received by OWWA’s hotline are the Relief Assistance Program (RAP) to distressed workers who were affected due to financial crisis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The press conference was also covered by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 10.


OWWA 10’s hotline number is 0917-548-0033/ 0939-901-6026.


OWWA-RWO VI Conducts Financial Literacy Seminars to Capiz OFC members

As part of its coordination efforts and services to the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) communities in the region, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) VI held a series of trainings on Financial Literacy, Savings Mobilization, and Values Formation in different barangays in Capiz in September.


Members from various local OFW Family Circle (OFC) groups attended the workshops in Brgy. Sta. Cruz on September 22, Brgy. Poblacion Sur on September 23, Brgy. Matnog on September 27, Brgy. Ondoy on September 28, and Brgy. Poblacion Norte on September 29.


Jade Love Omapas, Overseas Worker Welfare Officer (OWWO) I, taught the participants on developing values formation and savings mobilization skills, while Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) Remon Albueza and Sherwin Madayag explained financial literacy concepts and application.

Participants are asked to categorize their “needs” and “wants” during the savings mobilization workshop.

The seminars aimed at teaching participants to identify their values system, to help them achieve their goals for their families, and to allow them to form necessary skills and knowledge on savings that would give them insights to scout various investment opportunities.


A total of 276 people attended the said trainings.

(Kneeling): Jade Love Omapas, OWWO I, and Sherwin Madayag, FWO, pose with the participants of the seminar.


48 OFWs undergo Financial Literacy and Entrep Dev't Training

Butuan City, September 23- In the unyielding effort to bring help to displaced OFWs from their debacle, 48 OFWs underwent an Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) and Financial Literacy seminar spearheaded by the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program scheme.


The BPBH Livelihood Assistance Program is part of the agency’s reintegration services that aims to provide immediate relief through granting livelihood starter kits amounting to P10, 000.00 to displaced and distressed OFWs who were not able to finish their employment contract overseas due to economic crisis or hostilities in the host countries and some other distressful situations.

The participants together with the OIC-Program & Services Division, Ms. Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling (utmost left) and Ms. Jean Mary Ronquillo (utmost right) Overseas Workers Welfare Officer

Jean Mary Ronquillo, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, facilitated the training including the necessary orientation on the livelihood grant availment that primarily hopes to capacitate them with skills and basic knowledge which can be useful in starting their livelihood ventures. Moreover, Ronquillo guided the OFW participants in crafting their business plans which will serve as their future guide during the implementation of their chosen livelihood endeavor. Most of the OFW participants wanted to venture into trading, agricultural production and hog raising.

Jessica L. Escobia, one of the participants, crafts her business plan

Jacqueline Estrada, one of the participants, expressed her appreciation with enthusiasm at the end of the training. “My husband and I are in so much delight knowing that OWWA could offer this kind of assistance. This program can be a great help for us to start in generating a source of income” stated by Jacqueline, in local dialect.


As of writing, OWWA Caraga has already granted a sum of 1.65M for livelihood starter kits benefiting 165 OFWs under the BPBH Livelihood Assistance Program. For further information/queries regarding the program, kindly visit OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga located at Nimfa Tiu Bldg.2, J. Rosales Ave., Butuan City.

OWWA-Caraga conducts IT Training at Socorro Island

Butuan City, September 23- Despite the rough distance in conducting on-site trainings, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga continues in mobilizing the initiative of bringing computer literacy to the outskirt communities especially for the dependents of OFWs. Last September 13-16, 2016 an Information Technology (IT) training was held at ECE Training Center, Socorro, Surigao del Norte and enthusiastically participated in by 37 individuals mostly OFW dependents.


As the advent and the ubiquity of today’s technology became rampant, the IT training aims to give the participants the basic skills and knowledge to equip them technically for future job opportunities. Mr. Vincent Mahinay, the IT instructor, included the following specifications in the training modules: basic computer fundamentals 1 & 2, Internet Fundamentals, Word Processing, Spread Sheet, Power point Presentation and Digital Media Fundamentals. Moreover, he emphasized that the importance of the training was not just bounded by knowing the basic technicalities or to bridge the physical gap between them and their families abroad but also to promote literacy in utilizing the technology with prudence.

Mr. Vincent Mahinay, the IT Instructor, discusses the module to the participants.

With heartfelt delight, the participants expressed their gratitude by saying that they are very fortunate to be part of the said training, stated in local dialect.


For those OFWs, beneficiaries and dependents that are interested on undergoing the same training, they can visit the OWWA-Caraga office. The RWO also conducts the same training in the office. They may register and are required to submit the following: accomplished form with 1x1 photo, Proof of OWWA Membership (for OFWs) and Proof of Relationship to OFW (for beneficiaries and dependents).

The participants during their hands-on activity