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OWWA-Caraga assists RAP applicants from adjacent areas

Butuan City, September 23- With the hope of availing the Relief Assistance Program (RAP), six (6) repatriated OFWs coming from Gingoog City went to Caraga Welfare Office on Tuesday, September 20. Instead of visiting their nearest welfare offices, they opted to visit the Caraga Regional office due to the volume in the number of applicants in Region X. Accordingly, they were advised to further the application in RWO-Caraga. With empathy, they were directly accommodated by the OWWA Caraga Regional Director, Samuel S. Madrid. During the talk between the regional director and the six (6) overseas workers, Madrid emphasized that the application of the program should be done at their nearest regional welfare offices due to the limited funds allocated in each region and for them to be prioritized as well.


Nonetheless, the six (6) overseas workers were accommodated and received their respective assistance on the same day.


On the hindsight, RAP is a one-time grant assistance exclusively for affected OFWs who are either staying in camps or are living-out of campsite in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) or who have been repatriated to the Philippines but have not received their salaries or end-of-service benefits from their respective employer.

Madrid evaluates the necessary documents of the OFW applicants for the Relief Assistance Program (RAP)

In order to be prioritized, OFW applicants outside Caraga region are highly advice to kindly visit the nearest welfare office. For those OFW applicants within Caraga, kindly visit OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga located at Nimfa Tiu Bldg.2, J. Rosales Ave., Butuan City or contact us at (085) 342-6178/815-1894.

OWWA-RD Samuel S. Madrid talks to the OFW applicants


BPBH Update: In Pangasinan, 125 Distressed OFWs Receive Livelihood Kits from OWWA

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Pangasinan who experienced distress and displacement abroad have received livelihood starter kits from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), to provide them alternative sources of income.


Through the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has distributed the starter kits worth P10,000 each to 125 distressed OFWs in Pangasinan. This was done in the third quarter release in the said province in September 2016.


Various types of livelihood kits have been granted to the beneficiaries. These include 83 kits on rice-trading, 18 goat-raising, 14 hog-raising, six carinderia, three burger stand, one vulcanizing equipment kit.


OWWA RWOI Reintegration Unit Head Dolly Anne G. Camacho said the fourth quarter release beginning on October 2016 will be for the province of La Union, to be followed by Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.


Since the start of the year, the OWWA RWOI has already distributed to distressed OFWs in Region 1 a total of 484 starter kits, amounting P4,840,000.


The BPBH Program is a non-cash livelihood assistance to member-OFWs who have returned home since January 2015, and have not finished their contracts due to work-related distress and displacement. Should they decide to return home for good, the OFWs are given with starter kits of any livelihood type of their choice.

OFW-beneficiaries from Pangasinan receive livelihood starter kits, such as burger stand and carinderia, worth P10,000 each, through the OWWA Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program. Facilitating the turn-over of kits were (4th-5th from left) Mr. Alex Ferrer, Pangasinan PESO Manager, and OWWA RWOI Reintegration Unit Head Dolly Ann G. Camacho.
Through the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Program, the OWWA provides livelihood starter kits, such as kitchen wares and cooking materials for a carinderia business, to distressed OFWs who wish to return home for good.
OWWA RWOI Reintegration Unit Head Dolly Ann Camacho (5th from left) facilitates the distribution of livestock to OFW-beneficiaries of the BPBH Program in Pangasinan.


OWWA-RWO VI inducts new officers of Dumangas OFC group

As part of its thrust of strengthening the local Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) communities in the region, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) VI inducted the new officers of the Baras OFW Returnees Families and Beneficiaries Association, an OFW Family Circle group based in Dumangas, Iloilo last September 13, 2016.


Mary Jean Cajandig and Soledad de Asis are the President and Vice President, of the organization, respectively.


Prior to the induction, Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) Remon A. Albeza and Sherwin B. Madayag held an orientation seminar discussing the programs and services of the OWWA.


Dumangas recorded a total of 2,512 OFWs as of July 8, 2016.

Mr. Remon A. Albeza, Family Welfare Officer, leads the Dumangas-based OFC group in the reading the oath.
Mr. Albeza orients the participants on OWWA’s programs and services.


"Never with an empty heart": Former OFWDSP scholar and cum laude now shares talent through teaching

Ms. Rechille Ann Denisado, a Computer Science major who recently graduated cum laude from Hercor College, Roxas City, did not imagine herself as a teacher.


Incidentally, she credited her active involvement in student leadership as the decision that led her to be a teacher.


“Later on, as I become involved in community works, my mindset also changed,” Rechille said. “But now that I became an instructor of my school, I feel good. Serving my school and teaching my students gives me an awesome feeling.”


As a daughter of a former Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), Rechille is one of the OFW dependents who qualified for the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP). 


The OFWDSP is a scholarship leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university and is available to qualified children or legal dependents of OFWs with monthly salaries not exceeding $400.00. 


Elma, her mother, was a former domestic helper in Bahrain who came home for good last April 2014, while her father, Ernesto, “works at the Roxas City Airport as a security guard”.


“I just want to pay off my parents’ hardship and make them proud,” she said. “Every recognition day, I look at how my parents are proud of me while they shed tears of happiness because I nailed a couple of awards is one of the best feelings.”

Rechille with her family [clockwise from L]: John Karl, John (her cousin), John Kenneth, Ernesto, and Elsa

“Who I am today is a product of how my mother raised me,” she said. “We may have empty pockets, but we never have empty hearts”. 


Other scholars are also encouraged to emulate Rechille’s example.

Rechille takes a selfie with her mother, Mrs. Elsa Denisado


Davao del Sur Governor signs MOA on OFW Help Desk

Davao del Sur – The newly elected Governor of the Province of Davao del Sur, Hon. Douglas R. Cagas and OWWA – RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the establishment of OFW Help Desk at the said province. For a start, the Help Desk shall be set up at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO). The signing was held after Dir. Bellido paid a courtesy to the Governor last September 13, 2016.


The said MOA shall serve as an instrument to concretize respective goals of the two entities in providing responsive, immediate and appropriate programs and assistance to OFWs and their families in the locality.


During the courtesy call, Dir. Bellido introduced the officers and members of the Davao del Sur OFC Federation which is composed of forty-seven (47) OFW Family Circles in the entire province. “The organizations served as conduits of OWWA in the implementation of its programs and services. Training programs like community leadership training, values formation, financial literacy, entrepreneurial development and skills training were conducted to the organized OFCs to strengthen and capacitate them”, Dir. Bellido said. He likewise said that, as of July 2016, Davao del Sur has a total of 37,963 OFWs legally processed by POEA and have become OWWA members.


Governor Cagas, on the other hand, was pleased to know about the programs and services of OWWA. He said that, this was the first time he heard about programs for OFWs and their families. “This information made me excited to join any of the activities of the OFW sector in our province. I am so thankful that we had the MOA so that we can provide immediate assistance to our clients”, said Gov. Cagas who expressed his full support to OWWA and the OFW Family Circles in Davao del Sur.


Meanwhile, the Governor designated Provincial PESO Manager, Rolly Impas as the OFW Help Desk Coordinator who will cater to clients with welfare concerns.


The signing of the MOA marked the start of productive partnership between the local government unit and OWWA. By providing an OFW Help Desk in the province, appropriate and immediate assistance will be extended to the OFWs and their families without spending time and money going to the regional office.

Hon. Gov. Douglas R. Cagas and Reg. Dir. Eduardo E. Bellido as they signed the MOA on the establishment of OFW Help Desk in Davao del Sur
OWWA-RWO XI Reg. Dir. Eduardo E. Bellido discussed various programs and services during his courtesy call to Gov. Douglas R. Cagas
With the officers and members of the Davao del Sur OFC Federation


OWWA-Caraga participates in the Angot Festival Jobs Fair

Butuan City, September 28- With an utmost desire to support in paving ways for employment to local jobseekers, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga participated in the Angot Festival Jobs Fair 2016 on September 26 at Brgy. Poblacion, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. As part of the celebration of its 15th Angot Festival and 56th Town Fiesta, the said fair was highlighted in adherence to the need of employment in the municipality. With this sole objective, several manpower agencies were present offering job vacancies for local and overseas employment. Among the present agencies offering jobs across Asia, Middle East and U.S. were: Jenerick International Manpower Inc. with 2, 105 job vacancies, Al-Alama International Manpower Services with 820 vacancies, and Eastern Overseas Employment Center with 365 vacancies. In complement, several  companies offering various jobs for local employment were also present: Sweetsation Inc. (Dunkin Donuts), Phil-Saga Mining Corporation, Timberland Security Agency and Bachelors Express.

Company HR representatives: Sweetsation Inc., Phil-Saga Mining Corp., and Bachelors Express (L-R) prepares while waiting for applicants.

During her talk, Ms. Divina Lagumbay, the Provincial PESO Manager, emphasized the importance of participating in bringing the job opportunities to the people. “Paving the way of employment for them would somehow set an encouragement for them to participate and take chance for the opportunity. The same event is encouraged to counter illegal recruitment and human trafficking,” she added.

Divina Lagumbay, Provincial PESO Manager, waves as she introduces the companies & manpower agencies present during the event.

Furthermore, while in the event, OWWA-Caraga also catered to a number of OFWs, beneficiaries and dependents with their queries and concerns. With the help of Ronilo Maningo, OWWA-Family Welfare Officer, five (5) individuals mostly OFWs were attended to with their respective concerns. Reynold Monte, one of the OFWs, sought help for application in the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanap-buhay Program (BPBH). Monte expressed his gratefulness by saying how lucky he was to be informed that he was qualified to apply for the program. “I feel so lucky to be assisted here. It is so convenient on my part without the need to travel to Butuan City” stated by Monte, in local dialect.

OFWs seek help to the OWWA-Family Welfare Officer, Ronilo Maningo (in white shirt) and Ms. Ritchel Molero-Butao, POEA- Labor Emloyment Officer III.


National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Awards Two New Tuloy Aral Scholars

The Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) congratulates the newest Tuloy-Aral scholars, Jerico C. Lamigo and John Gabriel F. Bangit.


Jerico is an 11-year old Grade 5 pupil at the Herminigildo J. Atienza Elementary School in Baseco, Port Area, Manila. His mother, Ellen Catalbas, is a former Household Service Worker (HSW) who worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for two years while his father, Ricky Lamigo, is a laborer.


“Salamat po sa binibigay nila na pera at tulong. Napakalaking tulong ito sa aming mga bata para matuloy ang aming pag-aaral,” said Jerico, who currently ranks top 6 in his class. The young man plans on becoming a police officer one day.


Grade 11 student John Gabriel was also recognized as a Tuloy Aral scholar. He is currently studying at the Senior High School of the University of the East – Caloocan under the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) track.


Maraming maraming salamat sa benefactors at OWWA. Dahil dito, mababayaran namin ang aking tuition. Pagbubutihiin ko ang aking pag-aaral,” said John Gabriel.


The son of former OFW Ariel P. Bangit and Helen E. Bangit dreams of becoming a weather forecaster someday. “Gusto ko paglingkuran ang ating bansa dahil karamihan sa mga weather forecasters natin ay nangingibang bansa dahil mas malaki ang sahod doon.” he shared.


The scholars were awarded by Ms. Ma. Cecilia E. Sios-e, General Manager of Key’s Placement Inc., Ms. Liberty C. Torino, Operation Manager of Global Asia Alliance Consultants Inc., and RWO-NCR’s Director, Emma V. Sinclair .


The Tuloy-Aral Scholarship Program provides educational assistance worth USD 100 to less fortunate children of former OFWs to finish their elementary and high school education from OFWs/organizations/associations/private sector benefactors.

(Newly-awarded Tuloy-Aral scholars Jerico C. Lamigo and John Gabriel F. Bangit with Director Emma V. Sinclair, RWO-NCR, and agency representatives Ms. Ma. Cecilia E. Sios-e and Ms. Liberty C. Torino.)


OWWA-ARMM supports "Bisita sa Barangay" Program of LGU Matanog

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted an orientation of its programs and services in support with the initiative of the local government of Matanog to bring the services directly to the people through “Bisita sa Barangay” program.


The “Bisita sa Barangay” program aims to make the presence of government felt in every barangay through weekly team visits that entail the delivery of health, education, livelihood development and social services.


The visiting team is composed of the ARMM government agency field officers and LGU department heads and officials.


The visits were held at Brgy. Langkong last August 25;  Brgy. Central Langkong last August 31; Brgy. Bayanga Norte last September 1; Brgy. Sapad last September 14; Brgy. Bugasan Norte last September 20; Brgy. Kidama on September 27; and Brgy. Bugasan Sur on September 29, 2016.


The visits also serve as consultation sessions between the barangay residents and LGU representatives.


Family Welfare Officer Moctar S. Ulama said activities like this will bring OWWA’s programs and services closer to clients and help inform the clients of the benefits and trainings which they can avail.

OWWA-ARMM conducts Entrepreneurship Development Training for Displaced and Distressed OFWs

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) conducted a 2-day Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) to Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay beneficiaries on September 14-15, 2016 consecutively.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program grants a non-cash livelihood assistance of Php 10,000.00 to provide immediate relief to displaced member OFWs.  The assistance consists of techno-skills and/or entrepreneurship training and starter kits that will aid the beneficiary towards self employment.


A total of forty (40) OFWs who were displaced by hostilities, political conflict in the host country, victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking who were repatriated before finishing their contracts attended the program’s training held at D&M Catering Services, Cotabato City.


During the training, the recipients were assisted in identifying their prospective business. They were also provided with the tools and knowledge needed to start a small business and impart business.

OWWO III Hamid K. Chio of OWWA-ARMM and Ms. Catalina Icalina of DTI-ARMM with the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay recipeints.


OWWA-ARMM conducts a 2-day Entrepreneurship Development Training for ELAP Beneficiaries

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) conducted a 2-day Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) for the beneficiaries of the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) on September 7-8, 2016 successively.


A total of 29 ELAP beneficiaries and families participated the training held at D&M Catering Services, Cotabato City.


The ELAP recipients are the legal beneficiaries of a deceased OFW who has active OWWA membership at the time of his/her death. A training and livelihood starter kit of Php 15,000 worth of business package will be given to the legal beneficiary.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the training was intended to provide the tools and knowledge needed to start a small business and impart business values that will ensure the success of every business venture.


DTI-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar A. Malang in his message challenged the participants.


Dr. Susana S. Anayatin, Stanley R. Cang, and Catalina L. Icalina of DTI-ARMM are the resource persons of the training.


Most of the recipients are interested to venture into rice-trading business. Others showed their interest in putting up a cosmetics direct selling and charcoal-trading businesses.


Johara M. Sinsuat, one of the recipients, was grateful to OWWA-ARMM for the training conducted because of the learning and the additional knowledge in handling the business they want to pursue.


“We want to thank OWWA and DTI for imparting us the ideas and inputs on how to start and manage our business well”, she added.