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OWWA RWO VI doles out early Christmas treat for OFWs in OFW Family Day

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI, in its aim of recognizing the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in the region, held the 2016 OFW Family Day celebrations last December.


692 people and 1,078 participants attended the celebrations in Iloilo City and Bacolod City, respectively. 


The activities that rounded up the celebration were a short talk on family values and financial management, special performances from several local OFC members, and the raffle draws where prizes like grocery packs, rice sacks, washing machines, and other appliances and gifts were handed out to the lucky winners.

(Top): OFW Family Day at Bacolod City; Mr. Reynold T. Pigar (left), Officer-In-Charge, and Mr. James B. Mendiola, Supervising and Administrative Officer, poses with one of the raffle draw winners.



Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VIII released a total of 38livelihood starterkitsin its Balik-Pinas, BalikHanapbuhayProgram (BPBH) beneficiaries all over the region.This program is part of OWWA’s Reintegration Program for the distressed OFWs who were repatriated due to political conflicts in host countries, wars and other distressful situation.


The Regional Welfare Office VIII received a total of 74applications from June up to September 2016.


Qualified beneficiaries of the said program were given a starter kit worth Php10,000.00 and can choosefrom these livelihood projects: Health and Wellness (massage, cosmetology, spa, reflexology), House Repairs, (plumbing, welding, electrical servicing, appliance repair), Food Processing (native snack preparation and other food and beverage preparation), Personal Accessories Repair &Maintenance, Handicraft, Priority goods under One-Town-One-Products scheme and Agriculture-related projects.


Before these livelihood starter kits were released, OWWA RWO VIII see to it that the beneficiaries have the necessary social preparationsand gave them a one-day Entrepreneurial Development Training to aid with business planning and enhanced their business management skills. The training was conducted into three different batches last November 9, 10 and 11, 2016 through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry-Province of Leyte.


This year a total of 182Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhayapplications were received by the Regional Welfare Office VIII and 131 starter kits were already released.


OWWA  continues to implements responsive program that will help uplift the welfare and interest of every OFWs.


Pigcawayan Localized OFW Family Day

KORONADAL CITY - In its endeavor to honor every Overseas Filipino Worker, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII, graced the 1st Localized OFW Family Day celebration of Pigcawayan with the theme "Ang Diwa ng Pasko, Nasaan man, Mananatili sa puso ng bawat Pamilyang OFW" last December 9, 2016 held at their Multi-Purpose Gymnasium.


The event was attended by more than two hundred fifty (250) OFWs and their families and was realized through Public OFW Desk Office spearheaded by Ms. Beverly P. Yu.  This is in partnership with its Local Government Unit, OFC Federation of Pigcawayan and OWWA - RWO XII.


This year's celebration of Picawayan OFW Family Day highlights the bravery and sacrifices of OFWs as they face challenges and frustrations.


A variety of contests participated by nine OFW Family Circles who portrayed their experiences of while working in the foreign shores added to the fun.  In addition, door and raffle prizes were given away. Among the prizes were:  washing machine (1st prize), bed (2nd Prize), stand fan (3rd prize), and grocery packages.


Ms. Beverly P. Yu, PODO-designate said "This is the first and definitely not the last celebration of Pigcawayan. Mas paghuhusayan pa namin ang pag-iisip ng konsepto para bawat taon ay mas maging kapana-panabik pa ang pagdiriwang na ito. All these, of course, for our OFWs."


Hon. Jesus “Susing” Sacdalan, Representative of North Cotabato and the Guest of Honor, committed to donate one million pesos in order to provide sustainable livelihood grants to the eleven OFW associations in Pigcawayan.


The OFW Family Day celebration aims to give tribute and recognition to our modern heroes. It also serves as an inspiration for their families to maintain their family ties despite distance.


Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero, represented by Family Welfare Officer – North Cotabato Elliel Dominic F. Cerna, extended her salutation to the OFWs with a message -  “Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat at naniniwala sa kakayahan ng bawat OFW sa Pigcawayan. Ito po ay patunay na hindi hadlang ang pagkakalayo ng mga miyembro ng pamilya upang magkaroon ng isang buo, nagmamahalan at nagkakaisang pamilya.”


The Localized OFW Family Day is a mandate as per Presidential Proclamation NO. 276 dated June 21, 1998 declaring the month of December every year as the “Month of Overseas Filipinos”.

OWWA urges women OFWs to fight gender-based violence

To celebrate its inclusion in the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI organized an activity on Enhancing Women OFWs Capacity to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence.


Thirty-eight (38) female OFWs bound for Hong Kong attended the said workshop and seminar held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.


The topics discussed were on the basics of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, Values Formation, Financial Literacy, and Stress Management Training. 


Ms. Mary Luth Suprecencia, Cantonese Instructor, gives stress management tips to the attendees on.

OWWA RWO III celebrates Family Day in Bulacan

Last December 02, 2016, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office III (OWWA RWO III) celebrated family day with the Bulacan Federation OFC in Balagtas, Bulacan.


“Nang dumating ako sa OWWA Region 3 nung 2012, hindi pa ganito ang estado ng mga OFW, hindi pa naming nabuo lahat, watak watak pa at hindi ganito ka organisado, pero nagbilang ako ng apat na taon at ganito na ngayon.”, said OWWA RWO III Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes as she welcomed the participants and thanked them of the hard work they’ve put into the federation. “Para akong nanay na pinanganak ang federation, dahan dahan tinuruan namin, nagbibigay tayo ng training, mga events, at dahan dahan binibitawan namin, kasi nakikita namin na kaya niyo ng patakbuhin ang federation at yung OFC ng bawat munisipyo at bawat barangay. I couldn’t be more proud to see Bulacan OFC Federation like this.” Director Reyes added.


474 OFW families attended the family day celebration wherein fun games, dance presentations from different municipal federation and raffle draws completed the event. 


The celebration was also graced with the presence of ACTS OFW representative Derick Delos Reyes, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Bataan Provincial Manager Elizabeth Alonzo, PESO Municipal Manager Emelita San Agustin of Guiguinto, PESO Municipal Manager Ian De Guzman of Balagtas, Tess Zaragosa of SM Development Corporation (SMDC), Tina Pancho, and Bulacan Vice Governor Daniel Fernando.



Another successful OFW Family Day was celebrated by the Regional Welfare Office VIII last December 3, 2016 at Saint Paul School of Professional Studies. OFW Family Day Celebration is a grand undertaking of OWWA RWO 8 to enjoin all OFW Family Circles/OFW organizations and OFW Help Desk to come and celebrate the occasion in partnership with the agency’s identified stakeholders and sponsors.


The event was participated by 1419 OFWs and beneficiaries from all over the region.  Forty-five percent  (45%) of the total participants came from the Province of Leyte, followed by Samar Province with twenty-six percent (26%) and Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte with eight percent (8%) respectively.


During the registration, the first 800 participants received a door prizes as incentive to the early birds.  The event was blessed by Rev. Fr. ­­­­­Kelvin Apurillo through a Thanksgiving Mass.


The program proper started with a parade of colors spearheaded by OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac together with OWWA RWO 8 Regional Director Norma C. del Rosario, the OFW Family Circle Presidents and the OFW Help Desk Officers from the different municipalities in Region 8.


The OWWA VIII staff and the OFW in the region were thrilled and delighted because it is the first time that an OWWA Administrator graced such momentous celebration. After the short introduction from the Regional Director, Admin Hans delivered his warm and good news to the OFWs in the Region.


He was very happy with the warm welcome of the OFWs and their beneficiaries in the region who were equally happy to see him in the event. During his message, he proudly shared to the participants the set budget for 2017 amounting to 2.163 Billion Pesos. He also shared the increased budget for each OWWA Programs (i.e. 203 Million for the Reintegration Program and 75 Million on the Welfare Cases.)


The Administrator shared his sympathy over the incident in Davao where a child of an OFW was killed. He also pointed out  that on 2017 his goal is that there will no longer abused OFW kids, “Ang target natin para sa 2017 ay wala nang batang (anak ng OFW) maabuso. We are having a partnership with DOJ and DSWD para sa mas mahigpit na pagbabantay sa mga naiiwang bata sa bansa.”


After the heart-warming message by the Administrator, an Oath-taking of the new OFC Federation Officers was steered by Admin Hans. The federation of the OFC Presidents was the first in the Region. After the Oath-taking, a series of photo-opportunity with the different OFCs were conducted.


To add fun and excitement to this year’s celebration of Family Day,  Ms. Rodah A. Cerna, Family Welfare Officer, prepared a game called “Family Feud where each province was duly represented.


Another activity that highlighted this year’s celebration was the search for the “OWWA Tough Model 2016”. Five representatives from Anibong, Tacloban City, Marabut, Western Samar, Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Merida and Javier, Leyte joined the said competition and showcased their best gowns made from recycled materials available in their locality.


The winners for the OWWA Tough Model were announced with Ms. Tori Rose Boniel of Southern Leyte as the second runner up, Mr. Junrey Fueconcillo of Merida, Leyte as the first runner up and Mr. Kenneth U. Morabe of Javier, Leyte was hailed OWWA Tough Model 2016.  Winners of the “Family Feud”  was also awarded with a cash prize.


The raffle of major prizes was the most awaited part of the participants were a 32 inches flat screen television, 5 cubic feet refrigerator and a washing machine were at stake.


OWWA RWO 8 hopes to reach out to more OFWs and their families in the different part of the region in the years to come.


OWWA Conducts Meeting Cum Oath Taking Ceremony Of The Newly-Elected Officers Of The Federation Of OFC Presidents In Region VIII

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO VIII) conducted an oath-taking ceremony to its OFC Federation Officers whose been elected to office during the OFC Leaders’ Conference held at Sabin Resort and Hotel last September 28, 2016.


The meeting cum oath-taking was held at Ocho Seafood and Grills last October 25, 2016 and was attended by 9 officers for the different provinces of the Region, namely: President: Reynaldo Tuazon, Vice-President: Flaviano Balais, Secretary: Norman Enerlan, Treasurer: Lilybeth Olinares, Auditor: Esmeralda Aboga, P.I.O.s: Leyte Teofista Quiza, Western Samar: Gravoso, Southern Leyte: Tine O. Sabandal, Northern Samar: Adoracion Espinar, Eastern Samar, Mary Jean Abueva and Biliran: Pablito Cuizon.


The event commenced with Director del Rosario’s congratulatory message to the elected officers, it was an honor to be the first set of Officers for the first Federation in the Region.


Director del Rosario led the oath-taking ceremony of the OFC Federation Officers. The constitution and by-laws was also discussed and amended during the meeting.  After the discussion and the amendments, the officers prepared their plans for 2017.


They meticulously identified issues and concerns that every OFC in the region is facing. As the very first federation in the Region, they also made a manifesto that consisted the consolidated wishes and requests of the different OFCs in the Region.


The newly elected officers of the  Federation also took their oath in front of the OWWA Administrator Honorable Hans Leo J. Cacdac during the celebration of the OFW Family Day last December 3, 2016 at Saint Paul Scholl of Professional Studies, Campetic, Palo, Leyte.


The OFC Federation was formed with the goal of creating holistic development in disseminating information and intensifying the OFW Family Circles region wide.


2,656 Caraga OFWs and their Families Graced the 2016 OFW Family Day

Butuan City- Anchored with the theme “Pamilyang OFW: Matatag na Pamilya sa Panahon ng Pagbabago”, the OFW Family Day annual celebration filled with excitement and vibe on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Lope A. Asis Memorial Gymnasium, Bayugan City.


Despite the unfriendly weather, the presence of 2,656 participants, 1,156 more than the targeted 1,500, set a very festive atmosphere to the celebration. To add to the hype, each municipality and OFW Family Circle (OFC) was called out to cheer their hearts out for their organization.


OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, in his written message delivered by Director Samuel Madrid, emphasized how the event served as a manifestation of the government’s highest gratitude to the OFWs and their families. “Isa lamang itong pagpapatunay na oo, ang gobyernong ito ay may “pakialam” sa damdamin ng bawat pamilyang OFW at sa araw na ito isang malaking kasiyahan na makasama kayong lahat,” read Director Madrid.


Among the highlights of the gathering was the OFW Dance Competition, where a total of 6 contenders coming from different OFW Family Circles competed for the title.  The contest brought excitement and entertainment to the audience as they displayed their talents in their creative costumes and unique choreography. In the end, the ADKIN OFW and Dependents Association of Tago, Surigao del Sur brought home the prize and the title, with the United OFW and Dependents of Bislig City landing in second place and the United OFW and Dependents Association in Carmen bagging third.


A number of raffle draw prizes including cash prize of P5,000.00, 3 microwave ovens and 3 bicycles were also given away to the lucky winners. Electronic items, sacks of rice and grocery items were also given away along with the goodies brought by corporate partners. Adding more fun to the event, especially for the kids, parlor games were also initiated by LBC, one of the corporate partners and PhilHealth Caraga that gave away fun and prizes to the participants especially the youngsters. While many activities were being done, a simultaneous free pampering booth which included body massage, facial massage, and haircut was also provided to the participants who want to relax.


Government partners, Pag-IBIG and Philhealth were provided with booths where they introduced and offered their services to the OFWs. Corporate partners, Camella Homes Butuan, Ford Butuan, Hyundai-Butuan, Motortrade Bayugan, Tanduay Distillers, Inc., Filinvest, Insular Life Philippines, Sunlife Insurance, B-Meg and Caraga Association of Recruitment Agencies (CARA) also entertained clients in the area.


During his talk, OWWA Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid emphasized the importance of linkages and partnerships with local government units to facilitate a seamless delivery of services to the client-OFWs and their families. He also extended his gratitude to all the PESO Managers and Municipal Mayors, and ofcourse the OFWs themselves who over flowingly responded to his invitation in this year’s OFW Family Day.

The panoramic view (facing the audience) during the Family Day 2016 of OWWA Caraga held at the Lope A. Asis Memorial Gymnasium, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur last Deccember 3.
At the registration. The multitude rushes to register themselves for the Family Day 2016.
The Bayugan City OFW Family Circle renders a doxology at the start of the program.
The audience (OFW and dependents) solemnly listens to the doxology offered by the Bayugan City OFC.
The winners of mountain bikes during the raffle draw: Cerila Abado, Jenelyn Pareῆas and Lucita Belarmino.
OWWA Caraga Regional Director, Samuel Madrid (left) hands the Certificate of Appreciation to Charles P. Anggayong, Vice Mayor of Bayugan City.
OWWA Caraga Regional Director, Samuel Madrid delivers his opening message to the OFW and dependents.
The Winners with their prizes during the raffle draw.


OFC Cateel Receives 2.3 M Livelihood Grant

Davao Oriental – The OFW Family Circle of Cateel received a livelihood grant worth P2.3 million pesos from the Department of Labor and Employment and LGU Cateel, Davao Oriental. Said livelihood grant is in line with the LGU and DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) under the BuB (Bottoms-Up Budgeting).


BuB is a grassroot participatory program designed to empower people, given the priority and opportunity to choose projects of their own choice to eradicate and minimize poverty.


DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jason P. Balais and Hon. Councilor Michael Rosalla of LGU Cateel led the turn-over ceremony last October 13, 2016 at the Legislative Hall, Cateel, Davao Oriental. Also present during the awarding were OWWA XI representative, Carmelo T. Elaya, DOLE XI TSSD Chief Paul V. Cruz, Provincial Head Rodolfo T. Castro Jr. and Cateel PESO Manager Cris Silverio.


In his inspirational message, Atty. Balais expressed his gratitude to the DOLE provincial team for facilitating the immediate approval and release of the project. He likewise encouraged all the members to cooperate with one another and advised the officers to manage the project well in order to become successful and productive. “It is our great pleasure to see another BuB recipient who will receive a livelihood grant. We are so happy seeing all the members with joy and excitement for this blessing”, added Atty. Balais.


Meanwhile, OWWA XI representative, Mr. Carmelo T. Elaya congratulated all the members on behalf of Reg. Dir. Eduardo E. Bellido. “Now, you really see the truth. The check you’ve been waiting for is now at your fingertips. We have nothing to ask for but to see your organization stable and all the members have benefitted in the project”, said Mr. Elaya who assured OWWA’s full support and guidance to the OFC.


OFC Cateel was organized by OWWA on August 2, 2014 and registered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on October 17, 2015. The organization is composed of 269 active members who are OFW returnees and dependents. As DOLE registered organization, they submitted a project proposal on rice trading and retailing last August 12, 2015 amounting to P2.3 million pesos. After complying all the necessary documents, their proposal was approved last September 25, 2015.


Through the kind effort of the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Local Government Unit of Cateel, the project was materialized and hoped to provide additional income to all the OFC members. “We are so honored and proud that we are the first BuB recipient in Davao Oriental who received P2.3 million. This livelihood grant can really help our members augment their income”, said OFC President Juim D. Consuegra. She added that each member will be given sacks of rice to be sold at their respective areas. Hon. Councilor Michael Rosalla, on the other hand, extended his appreciation to the organization for their willingness to establish the said project on behalf of the Honorable Mayor Erlinda Nuñez.