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RWO XI
Davao Region to celebrate 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day

Davao City – All is set for the region’s celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day on June 7, 2017. With this year’s theme: “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng mga OFWs”, the event will be held at the Kadayawan Hall, NCCC Mall, Mac Arthur Highway, Maa, Davao City  from 12:00 p.m to 5:30 p.m. The celebration is in pursuant to R.A .8042 otherwise known as Magna Carta for OFWs which was enacted June 7, 1995 and was recently amended by virtue of R.A. 10022 declaring every 7th day of June as the Migrant Workers’ Day which aims to recognize the immense contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the national economy.

 
In line with this objective, the regional office resolves to undertake various activities to honor and empower our migrant workers. One of the highlights of the program is the awarding and recognition of Outstanding PESO Managers of the entire Davao Region for the unwavering support in the promotion of OWWA programs and services through various empowering initiatives for the OFWs and their families,

 
Recognition awards shall likewise be given to outstanding OWWA Scholars,  Outstanding OFW Family Circle (OFC), and Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship. Grantees of OWWA’s Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program will also be awarded with livelihood starter kits during the program.

 
Free medical check-up and medicines from PNP-PRO XI will be provided to all participants who want to avail themselves of the services. Free head and back massage will also be available courtesy of the certified massage therapists of Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty and Wellness.

 
Likewise, various products of the OFW Family Circles will be displayed at the trade fair area while cash prizes and gift items await the winners of the raffle draw.

 
On the other hand, partner government agencies like POEA, DSWD, DTI, TESDA, NBI, PHILHEALTH, Pag-IBIG and SSS will provide substantial information on its various programs and services.

 
A modest attendance of eight hundred (800) OFWs and their families who are either members of the OFW Family Circles or permanently returned Migrant Workers in Davao region will join the event.

 
Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio, 3rd District Councilor Antoinette G. Principe-Castrodes, and DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante are expected to grace the event.

 
This year’s celebration is made possible through OWWA’s social partners: NCCC Mall Davao, Land Bank of the Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Paramount General Insurance Corp., Pag-IBIG Fund, PNP-PRO XI, and Arlyn L. Basquez Academy of Beauty.

RWO XII
2017 MIGRANT WORKERS’ DAY: ALL FOR BAGONG BAYANIs

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

GROUP CATEGORY

2017 OFC BAGONG BAYANI AWARD

TM OFW Farmers Cooperative

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE

Capayuran  OFW and Family Association

EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Old Poblacion Maitum OFW  Family Association

EXCELLENCE IN SPORTS, CULTURE AND ARTS

Tupi Overseas Families Association

            MOST PROMISING ORGANIZATION

Poblacion 3 OFW and Family Association

EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

New Pangasinan OFW Family Association

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY

OUTSTANDING OFC MEMBER

Precilla A. Panzo

           OFC YOUTH MODEL

Runolyn Subpangan

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Davie P. Celestial

EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICE

Ginalyn L. Montalban

OUTSTANDING NEW OFC MEMBER

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 XII Staff

 

RWO CARAGA

Butuan City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry and Landbank of the Philippines, conducted three sessions of Phase 1 Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on May 5, 2017 in Agusan del Sur; on May 17, 2017 in the Province of Dinagat Island and another one on May 22 at OWWA Regional Office, this city.

 

OWWA currently implements the Enterprise Development and Loan Program, formerly known as 2 Billion OFW-Reintegration Program, under its Family Support and Reintegration Services, a loan facility which is intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families.

 

“This program aims to provide assistance among active and returning OFWs in order to improve their socio-economic well-being and their reintegration in the mainstream society and aid them in starting off and expanding income generating livelihood which promotes productivity and self-reliance,” bared Jean Mary Ronquillo-Ladion, OWWO II and in-charge of the EDLP.

 

With its revamped design, the agency made sure that the orientation will be easily accessible to the interested OFWs through its mobilization. The first of the three was conducted at Brgy. 5, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur with fifty-six (56) attendees from around the province, while Twenty-three (23) OFWs and dependents from the provinces of Dinagat, San Jose and Cagdianao joined during the phase 1 of EDLP held at DTI Negosyo Center in the Province of Dinagat Island. To cater to the OFWs living in Agusan del Norte and those who failed to attend in the previous sessions, another orientation was held at OWWA Training Hall at the Regional Office with sixty-six (66) loan applicants from all over Caraga.

 

The first phase of EDLP includes program orientation, financial literacy and personal entrepreneurial assessment. The phase intends to present and clarify among the participants the program scheme and availment procedure.

 

OFW loan applicants must complete a Program Orientation and Business Appreciation Course, an Enhanced Entrepreneurship Development Training (EEDT) conducted by the agency alongside DTI and LBP. After completing phase 1, interested applicants will then undergo an Entrepreneurship Training and Business Immersion and Business Plan Workshop.

 

The enhanced loan facility provides a minimum of Php 100,000.00 and a maximum of Php 2,000,000.00 for individual borrowers and from Php 100,000.00 to Php 5,000,000.00 for group loan borrowers at an annual interest of 7.5% for the entire duration of the loan.

RWO IX
PAWA CHILDREN VISITED THE GRAVE OF THEIR MOTHER

Zamboanga City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) facilitated the travel of the two children of the late OFW Jakatia M. Pawa namely Hadisza Pawa Alama and Amenchadrha Pawa Alama to visit her grave in Kuwait. The Pawa children last saw their mother in October last year while she was still in prison.

 

Jakatia M. Pawa is an OFW who was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death in 2010 by the Kuwait’s Court of Cassation, the highest court in the Middle East emirate.  After OFW Pawa’s execution last January 25, 2017, she was given a decent burial by Kuwait religious clergies in accordance with Islamic rites and traditions at Sulaibikhat Cemetery.

 

As per OWWA Board Resolution No. 003 Series of 2017, OWWA did not only grant educational and livelihood assistance to the Pawa children, they were also awarded a one-time return ticket to Kuwait to visit the grave of their mother, so on May 23, 2017, the Pawa children assisted by OWWA Regional Welfare Office IX Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain traveled to Kuwait.

 

On May 24, 2017 they paid a courtesy call to the Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa at Kuwait where they also met other Philippine Embassy and POLO Officials like Ustadz Nabil, Philippine Embassy Interpreter, Labor Attache Alejandro A. Padaen, Welfare Officer Nestor P. Burayag and several Filipino community Leaders in Kuwait.

 

On May 25, 2017, Director Jumdain and the two children of the late OFW Pawa proceeded to Sulaibikhat Cemetery, Al Asimah, Kuwait which is 25-30 minute drive from Philippine Embassy. Hadisza and Amenchadra were somber as they walked slowly towards their mother’s grave. “Jakatia is still a huge part of her children’s everyday life and always will be. It was tragic that she isn’t here anymore to see her children go to college, get a job or get married”, says Satria Pawa, the wife of Col. Angaris Pawa who was also present during the visit.   

 

It has been a rough start of the year 2017 for the children of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa, but Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain and OWWA in general has no doubt been extending assistance and helping them cope with the untimely death of their mother. 

(L-R) The children of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa: Amenchadrha Pawa Alama and Hadisza Pawa Alama

 

(L-R) Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, OWWA RWO-IX Regional Director; Amenchadrha Pawa Alama (son of Jakatia Pawa; Hadisza Pawa Alama (daughter of Jakatia Pawa); Satria Pawa (wife of Col. Angaris Pawa, brother of Jakatia Pawa)

 

The grave of the late OFW Jakatia Pawa at Sulaibhikat Cemetery, Kuwait.

 

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, Amenchadrha and Hadisza Pawa Alama, Satria Pawa together with Ambassodor Renato Villa and other Philippine Embassy officials in Kuwait.

 

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, the PAWA children, Philippine Embassy interpreter Ustadz Nabil, Ambassador Renato Villa, LabAtt Alejandro A. Padaen, Welfare Officer Nestor P. Burayag, and other Philippine Embassy and POLO Officials 

 

Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, the Pawa children, Ambassador Renato Villa and Filipino Community Leaders in Kuwait

 

RWO IX
OWWA RWO-IX AWARDS LIVELIHOOD STARTER KITS TO 21 OFWs

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

 

RWO CARAGA
Crab Fattening and Production Training Given to Marihatag OFWs

Responsive to the needs of the OFWs and their dependents especially those from the outskirts of the region, OWWA alongside the Local Government Unit of Surigao del Sur and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-SDS carried out a two-day Crab Fattening Production to Marihatag OFW and Dependents Association on May 16-17, 2017.

 

Some thirty-five (35) OFWs and dependents of the Marihatag OFW Family Circle (OFC) attended in the Crab Fattening Training that the organization specifically requested for.

 

Through the initiative of the members of the OFC, they were provided a portion of a mangrove area situated in the said municipality to cultivate and raise the mangrove crabs in.

 

On the first day, resource speaker Ian Batitang of BFAR- Surigao del Sur introduced all the basic features of the mangrove/ mud crabs. Batitang discussed the mud crab biology, its life cycle and feeding habits. He also lectured on the salient features of a mud crab, as well as the species viable for commercial cultivation.

 

Furthermore, the BFAR representative introduced the growing of the crabs in mangrove pens up to the fattening process in plastic containers. The harvesting process and marketing strategies were also provided to the trainees to aid them in the future.

 

During the second day, the participants went for an ocular visit of the project’s proposed area at Brgy. Pagbahanan I, Marihatag.  The area was inspected as well to check whether the PH is at a suitable level, that the shade is sufficient enough, and that the distance is convenient enough for the OFW would-be crab raisers. The site have passed the checklist of BFAR and is found suitable for the project.

 

The program aims to provide relevant livelihood training that will enable the OFW Family Circles to generate livelihood and aid in their economic well-being.

 

 

 

 

 

RWO ARMM
Celebrating Academic Achievement OWWA-ARMM ODSP Scholar passed Civil Engineering Board Exam

COTABATO CITY – In addition to the growing list of successful Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholars, OWWA-ARMM ODSP scholar Mohammed Omar Pangato successfully passed the recent Civil Engineering Licensure Examination held last May 7-8, 2017.

 

For 5 years, Mohammed was a diligent scholar under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP), a scholarship grant of P 20,000.00 per year for dependents of OFWs who earn not more than US $400 per month.

 

With the great victory he achieved, Mohammed dedicated this and gave the credit to his parents.

 

Alhamdulillah! I thank Allah (SWT) - the source of my knowledge and wisdom for everything. Truly, all of these achievements are from you. I thank also my family and relatives especially Ina and Auntie Sittie for the unconditional love, untiring support and encouragement. Indeed, I’m forever indebted,” he said.

 

Mohammed also expressed his gratefulness to OWWA-ARMM for the assistance and support it has given him throughout his journey.

 

“To OWWA ARMM and staff, you didn’t just help me to achieve one of my goals but you help me in making my quest for learning undeniably fun and meaningful. Thank you very much!” he said.

 

Mohammed desires to inspire and motivate other OWWA scholars by saying, “To my co-scholars, always seek Almighty’s guidance and give your 100% effort to achieve your goals because good things will not just fall into our lap.” 

 

RWO I
OWWA Region 1 recognizes social partners on 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day Celeb

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has awarded its partners in the achievement of its mandate to promote and protect the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in Region 1, as part of the celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day today, June 8, at the City of San Fernando, La Union.

 

In a recognition rites, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has awarded various social partners and OFW stakeholders, representing various sectors such as government agencies, non-government organizations, OFW Family Circles (OFCs), media partners and private organizations.

 

The government partner-awardees were: Provincial Governments of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte; City Government of Dagupan; Pangasinan Public Employment Services Office; Land Bank of the Philippines; line agency regional offices namely DOLE, POEA, NRCO, DFA, DA, DTI, TESDA, PIA, ECC, PhilHealth, PAGIBIG; and the TESDA Pangasinan Provincial office.

 

Outstanding OFCs were those from Cataban, Siwawer, San Nicolas, Bacarra, and Currimao of Ilocos Norte; Sta. Catalina, Caparia-an, San Ildefonso, San Vicente and the Ilocos Sur OFW Families Associations from Ilocos Sur; Luna, Bannuar-Sudipen, Bannuar-Naguilian, Aringay, and the Coalition of OFW Associations in La Union, from La Union; and Mangaldan, Alaminos, Rosales, Villasis, and Asingan from Pangasinan.

 

Media partner-awardees were DZRD Sonshine Radio, DZNL Aksyon Radio, DZSO Bombo Radyo La Union, DWIZ News Radio’s Rapido by Allan Sison; DZAG Radyo ng Bayan, and the Amianan Tribune.

 

Also recognized were local recruitments agencies namely RN Job Quest, Androme Recruitment, Concorde International, FAASI International, and Topmake International Manpower Services; and training institutes such as the Far East Maritime Foundation, Philgerma Manufacturing, HSE Techskills, Bauang Training Center, and Maxima Technical and Skills. The OWWA Region 1 Scholars Inc., Diocesan Ministry for Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Kabayan Help Desk in Naguilian, La Union were also among the awardees.

 

In his message, OWWA RWOI OIC Gerardo C. Rimorin said, “we are more than grateful of your passionate involvement to the endeavors of the OWWA. And while we remain inspired by your help, it is also our hope that we could develop more viable strategies to ensure the sustainability of the OFW lifeline in the community.”

 

Gracing the activity to give their messages were Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, Pangasinan PESO Manager Alex F. Ferrer, La Union PESO Manager Charito Dator representing Gov. Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III, and DOLE La Union Chief Agnes Aguinaldo representing RD Nathaniel V. Lacambra.

 

The guest of honor was Ms. Rebecca Bustamante-Mills, an internationally-acclaimed inspirational speaker known for her “From Maid to Made” life story. A former domestic worker in Singapore and Canada, she struggled her way up to becoming the CEO in her own multinational company. “Find your purpose, and you have to work hard for it,” Bustamante-Mills said.

 

The Migrant Workers’ Day, also known as “Araw ng Pasasalamat,” is an annual celebration for the passing of the Migrant Workers Act of 1995, which institutes policies of overseas employment and establish a higher standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers and their families.

The OWWA RWOI has recognized its partners in the achievement of its mandate to promote and protect the welfares of OFWs and their families, as part of the celebration of the 22nd Migrant Workers’ Day today, June 8, at the City of San Fernando, La Union.

 

RWO CARAGA
OWWA to Celebrate Migrant Workers Day 2017 in Claver, Surigao del Norte

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will once again be celebrating the “Araw ng Pasasalamat” in observance of the Migrant Workers Day 2017: a one-day celebration to pay tribute to the OFWs and their families.

 

The annual program intends to provide our OFWs relevant activities promoting the importance of spending quality time and togetherness amongst OFW families. This is the government’s response to the great contribution of our OFWs in keeping our economy vibrant through their sacrifices and endurance in working overseas.

 

Once again, OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel Madrid extends his invitation to all Caraganon OFWs (vacationing and returnees) including their families, especially those from nearby towns of Claver, Surigao del Norte to participate in this fun-filled day.

 

Responsive to call of bringing OWWA’s services to all OFWs around Caraga Region, this year,s Migrant Workers Day will be at Claver Municipal Convention Hall, Claver, Surigao del Norte on the 7th of June 2017, Wednesday at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Previous year’s Migrant Workers Day was a huge success at the town of Agusan del Sur with 500 participants from all over the region.

 

Interested participants may visit the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or make contact with OWWA Regional Welfare Office-13 with telephone numbers (085) 342-6178/815-1894 and mobile numbers 09399259895/09173150590 for further information regarding the activity.

RWO ARMM
OWWA-ARMM celebrates 2017 Migrant Workers’ Day in Matanog, Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY - Over 500 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families attended this year’s Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration held in Matanog, Maguindanao on May 25, 2017.

 

Members of the OFW Family Circles (OFC) attended the fun-filled day with raffle draws, zumba, games and cultural presentations.

 

This annual event organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - (OWWA-ARMM) is aimed to pay tribute to the unparalleled sacrifices of OFWs around the globe and to recognize their valuable efforts to their families and the country.

 

 

In the opening salvo, the celebration was boosted with the “Hataw” zumba dance workout led by the Iranun Foundation College, Inc. (IFCI).

 

Administrator Mala D. Lidasan of Matanog, Maguindanao welcomed all the guests and participants.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisosotomo said, “We DARE because we care. The declaration of Martial Law did not hinder us to conduct this advance celebration of Migrant Workers Day. We stand firm with our commitment to serve and help the OFWS and their families and promote peace and ease the ongoing tension in the community”.

 

Atty. Mohammad-Ali S. Guro, Mayor of Matanog, Maguindanao served as the keynote speaker during the program. Mayor Guro pledged for their full support to OWWA’s mandate of protecting the rights and welfare of OFWs.

 

Municipal officials and other local officials also joined the celebration.

 

17th Infantry Battalion, Commander Lt. Col. Florencio Politud Jr. also graced the occasion. Together with his troop, they heavily guarded the area to assure everyone's safety.

 

 

As part of the program, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth-ARMM), one of OWWA’s partner agencies, gave the participants a brief lecture on its programs and services and also umbrellas as mementos.

 

The raffle draw was the most anticipated part of the celebration. Everyone was in a celebratory mood because of the prizes allotted for them. From small items, sacks of rice, dish rack to electronics and appliances – chest freezer, gas stoves with LPG, and cellular phones with load and SIM cards, electric fans, multi-function kettles and rechargeable light.

 

Generous gifts and raffle prizes given by the ARMM Regional Government, LGU of Matanog, DOLE-ARMM, PhilHealth-ARMM, and OWWA brought joy to the participants. 

 
 
 

Prizes for the raffle draw – 1st Prize Chest Freezer, 2nd Gas stove with LPG, 3rd Rice Cooker, 4th Prize Electric Fan, 5th Prize Dish Rack and other consolation prizes.

 

Winners of cell phones with load and SIM cards as livelihood starter kits courtesy of DOLE-ARMM.

 

5th Prize Winner of a brand new dish rack.

 

4th Prize Winner of a brand new electric fan.

 

3rd Prize Winner of a brand new rice cooker.

 

2nd Prize Winner of a brand new two-burner gas stove with LPG.

 

1st Prize Winner of a brand new chest freezer as livelihood starter kit.

 

Winner of a brand new standing cooker with oven courtesy of LGU Matanog.

 

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