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Ivisan OFC members receive Training on Fish Processing from OWWA

As part of its mission to help OFW communities in the region to start their home-based livelihood projects, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI conducted a Training on Fish Processing for the Arriba Ivisan OFW Family Chapter in Ivisan, Capiz.


Select members from the organization joined the one-day training, where they learned the proper techniques on making processed food products like fish sausages, fish bangus relleno, tilapia and tuna nuggets, and bangus sardines.


Ms. Faith Aragon, the trainer for the workshop and one of the group’s members, said they requested the training so they could learn skills that would help them earn extra income that would supplement the earnings made by their OFW breadwinners.

OFW of Agusan del Sur (AgSur) Receives Livelihood Starter Kit

Butuan City, October 17- Notwithstanding the distance, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga delivered a livelihood starter kit worth P10,000 to Mr. Florentino Bahan, Jr. of Brgy. Poblacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur.


Ms. Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling, OIC-Programs and Services Division and Mr. Ronilo Maningo, Family Welfare officer of Agusan del Sur, deliver the same to our dear OFW. During Bahan’s application for the program, he proposed vegetable trading as his venture since he has an existing “sari-sari” store. It was discovered however that transportation and minimal supply of vegetables were among the challenges in their place that Bahan thought it would be impossible for the business to materialize. However, with optimism, he still pursued the proposal. According to him, through the help of “Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program” (BPBH) of OWWA, an opportunity was opened for him to request an ample amount of vegetables. In apparent awe, he added how grateful and happy he was to be among the OFWs who received the starter kit knowing that it was delivered despite the distance of their place from the city.


As of the month of September alone, Bahan was the eighth recipient who was granted a livelihood starter kit under the BPBH Program. The program was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning for our Filipino Migrant workers whose overseas employment did not provide a greener pasture.

Mr. Bahan poses with Ms. Cambaling, the OIC-PSD, during the handing of the vegetables


OWWA-XIII EDSP Scholar - Now a Licensed MedicalTechnologist

After graduating from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) as Magna Cum Laude, the OWWA- Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) recipient, Princess Juneire M. Peligro, passed the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination held on August 27-28, 2016. She finally took her oath as a Licensed Medical Technologist last October 7, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.


When asked about the first thing in mind after knowing that she passed the board, in euphoria she just uttered “Wow! Professional nako!” (Wow! I am now a professional!). She felt proud that she is now a licensed but practice would come later as she is a freshman in the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.  “Mag-Medicine gyud ko!” (I will pursue Medicine!), she firmly added.


Princess noted that having a very supportive family is the one of the key factors in passing the board and being a doctor. When asked about her current studies, she admitted that her chosen field is not a walk-in-the-park. She added that she’s been vulnerable at times that she want to give up but her family’s unyielding support inspires her.

Princess flashes a smile for a pose holding her certificate and PRC license.

“I really don’t want to be defined as somebody who just have good grades. I want to grow as a person; to be mentally and emotionally healthy. Having good grades is useless if you’re not happy with what you are doing. To other EDSP scholars out there, always be mindful of your responsibilities. A scholarship is there to help you grow not the other way around. Don’t let yourself just focus in making good grades, also focus on being a person with a good heart” said Princess in local dialect.

OWWA 7 holds a Personality Assessment for OWWA Cebu Province Scholars

As part of the scholars’ learning support mechanism, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Regional Welfare Office 7 conducted a half-day Personality Assessment: A Scholar’s Guide for OWWA Scholars in Cebu Province last October 16, 2016 at the OWWA 7 Seminar Room.


A total of 31 OWWA scholars attended the said seminar. The gathering was done to help the scholars understand their strengths and weaknesses both as an individual and as a group. The seminar was also an avenue for the scholars to share their positive and negative experiences in the pursuance of their dreams. Likewise, the meeting served as an opportunity for the OWWA scholars under the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP), and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) to build relationship with their fellow scholars.


In his welcome address, OWWO III and EDSP in charge Romyl Cabillo said that the seminar will also help the scholars to improve their weaknesses.


“This is an avenue for you to grow as a person, a scholar, a child of an OFW, and even a good citizen of the country,” he said.


Cabillo also encouraged the scholars to be active and involved in OWWA’s future meetings and activities which will be spearheaded by their organization.


Reeman Clyde Mañacap, a former OWWA EDSP scholar, gave a casual discussion to the scholars on what it means to be an OWWA scholar.


Reeman, being a cum laude graduate, gave tips to the scholars on how to survive the pressures in college.


As a registered psychometrician, Reeman also let the scholars try the DOPE 4 Personality Test to further help them in their character development.


“As students, you are destined for great things; but as OWWA scholars, you have the power to take charge of your destiny,” he said.


As the seminar comes to an end, Juan Miguel Villamil, former president of the OWWA 7 Scholars’ organization, took over the election of officers for the academic year 2016-2017.


Garnering the majority of votes, Glee Ann Españo is the newly elected president of the said organization. The scholars also elected representatives per each school.


After the elections, the incumbent newly elected officers and the members discussed about their upcoming events and team building activities of the organization.

Former OWWA Scholar Reeman Clyde Mañacap shares his tips in surviving college during the Personality Development Seminar of OWWA Cebu Province scholars last October 16, 2016.
Former OWWA Scholar Reeman Clyde Mañacap administers the DOPE 4 Personality Test to OWWA Cebu Province Scholars last October 16, 2016.
OWWA 7 EDSP in charge Romyl Cabillo (left) and OFWDSP in charge Rudilyn Gimena (right) posed with the OWWA Cebu Province scholars during the Personality Development Seminar last October 16, 2016 at the OWWA Seminar Room.


OWWA 7 Scholar to Compete for the World Robot Olympiad 2016

A death of a father triggers a profound type of grief; but this did not stop a son from pursuing his dream to represent the country in an international Robotics competition.


It has been three years since a family bonding turned into a tragedy ending the life of Brian Baran’s OFW father Salvador.


“Nashock ko unya dili ko katuo, galibog kung unsay buhaton or bation,” Brian said. (I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it and I don’t know what to do or feel.)


Brian’s mom Joycee Baran did not know what to do since Salvador was the breadwinner of the family. Upon the loss of her husband, Joycee is left with her two children Brian, and Mary Rose Joyce.


“Wala ko kasabot kay family bonding unta to nag-snorkeling lang siya ug kalit lang nilutaw,” she said. (I don’t understand what happened since it was a family bonding, he went snorkeling and suddenly we saw him floating.)


Brian is currently a Grade 10 student of Science and Technology Education Center High School in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu. He is also a scholar of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) under the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program for Dependents of Deceased OFWs.


Meanwhile, Brian’s mother sells snacks at a school canteen. Mrs. Baran is also relying on the P7, 000 monthly pension to pay for her family’s bills.


Despite the hardships, Brian held his head up and continued to study well. During the first grading period for this school year, Brian was one of the Top 10 students of his class. He also got an award last grading period for having a perfect attendance. Brian is also active in other school activities.


“Akong greatest inspiration ka yang akong pamilya, akong dream kay dagko akong grades para makakuha ko’g nindot nga trabaho ug nindot nga sweldo para maka-help sa akong family,” Brian said. (My greatest inspiration is my family. My dream is to get good grades for me to land a great job to help my family.)


Last September 6 to 9, Brian and his teammates attended the 15th Philippine Robotics Olympiad held at SM North EDSA. Brian’s team bagged 5th place in the Robot Soccer Category and is qualified to represent the Philippines in the World Robot Olympiad which will happen in New Delhi, India this November 24-29, 2016.


“Nalipay ko at first kay wala man mi nasulod sa elimination round bale wild card mi,” he said. (I was happy because we got accepted as a wild card contender.)


Moreover, Brian said that he felt pressured throughout the national competition because most teams were coming from different prestigious high schools in the country.


“I just want to thank everybody for everything, words are definitely not enough,” he said.


Brian shared that his interest in robotics started after he was taught how to make a program. He said that he finds it fun to apply knowledge being taught in school.


Contrary to his favorite hobby, Brian wanted to pursue a degree in Linguistics in college.

Brian Baran (second from the left), his teammates, and his coach posed together with the representatives of the organizing committee during the 15th Philippine Robotics Olympiad held at SM North EDSA.

On being an OWWA Scholar


Brian said that he thanks OWWA for helping him out financially.


"Nakatabang jud ang OWWA nako financially, makapalit nako’g books ug dili nako maglisod kay sige ra’g panghulam,” he said. (OWWA helped me financially. I don’t borrow books anymore.)


He also admitted that being an OWWA scholar helped him to study well and to maintain his grades.


Moreover, he encouraged his fellow students to work hard.


“Padayon lang sa pagpaningkamot, after sa kangit-ngit naa man jud nay light,” he said. (Continue to work hard because there will always be light after the darkness.)

Brian posed together with his mother Joycee, his late father Salvador, and his sister Mary Rose Joyce.


OWWA Consults with Recruitment Agencies in Ilocos, Cordillera to Strengthen PDOS in La Union

In its mandate to promote and protect the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has met with Licensed Recruitment Agencies (LRAs) in Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to forge stronger partnership among these OFW stakeholders.


The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has gathered 36 LRAs for a consultative meeting on October 13, 2016 at the Max’s Restaurant, City of San Fernando, La Union. A total of 57 participants attended in the meeting.


The meeting aimed to consult with the LRAs with common issues their deployed workers face, and how these private deployment companies handle said situations.


The LRAs carry the responsibility in ensuring the safety of their deployed officers for the entire duration of their employment contract. Some workers, however, become unsuccessful in their stint abroad due to culture shock, homesickness, work distress and other welfare issues.


These conditions are what the OWWA Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) aims to address. While the PDOS is available in various regional offices nationwide, most OFWs attend the PDOS in Metro Manila.


Hence, the RWOI also encouraged the stronger participation of LRAs in the PDOS in Region 1, to cut expenses and effort for the ready-to-leave workers.


Conducted every Tuesday, the PDOS in OWWA RWOI serves to cater for the convenience of the workers from the Ilocos and Cordillera regions, and other nearby areas. The LRAs were asked to actively refer their workers to the PDOS in San Fernando City, La Union, which the RWOI offers for free.


In 2015, the RWOI facilitated the PDOS of 513 OFWs, 252 of them were referred by LRAs.


The RWOI also recognized three LRAs for their active referrals of workers to the Region 1 PDOS. These are the Concorde International Human Resource Corporation, DA Rodrigo International Inc., and Faasi International Corporation.


The LRAs were also oriented on the updates on recruitment regulations set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), presented by Atty. Hernando B. Reyes, Director II of the POEA.


Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, RWOI OIC for Programs and Services, expressed gratitude to the LRAs for their participation. “We in the government and you, the private sectors, should work together to ensure the success of every OFW, which should be everyone’s ultimate mission,” he said.


The OWWA RWOI, led by Ms. Marivic Mondina, SAO and Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, OIC PSD (seated, 4th-5th from left) met with 43 representatives of Licensed Recruitment Agencies in Ilocos and Cordillera region during a consultative meeting to foster stronger partnership among the OFW stakeholders.

Memorandum of Understanding One Stop Service Center for OFWs

KORONADAL CITY - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII enters into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Local Government of the City of Koronadal, and the Department of Labor and Employment along with nine (9) government agencies for the establishment of the One Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) today, October 24, 2016 at the City Hall Ground floor lobby, City of Koronadal.


The OSSCO MOU-Signing Ceremony was spearheaded by Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office XII (DOLE XII) and participated by different government agencies,  The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA),Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA), Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Maritime Industry Authority (MarInA), Home Development and Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-Ibig), Philippine Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).


In line with the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the One Stop Shop was established to ensure that all services needed by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are housed in one location for their convenience.

Figure 2. Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel, MD FPSO-HNS together with DOLE XII Regional Director Albert E. Gutib  and various heads of the participating agencies.


DOLE XII Regional Director Albert E. Gutib expressed his gratitude to the City Mayor Peter B. Miguel,M.D FPSO-HNS for taking part and welcoming the DOLE XII Family, along with other agencies involved in migration.  He  said “Ginagawa po natin ito para sa ating mga kababayan na maka tipid dahil ang serbisyo ay nandito na po sa iisang lugar, nandito na po sa LGU Koronadal”. Director Gutib added. “Sana po ay matugunan natin ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga OFWs at maiwasan po na sila ay mabiktima ng Illegal recruitment at Human trafficking”.


The launching of the OSSCO will be on November 7, 2016 at the fourth floor of the City Hall of Koronadal wherein all the services by the partner agencies will be offered at hand to the OFWs.


Mayor Peter B. Miguel, M.D FPSO-HNS responded, “This is the moment that we really cooperate especially to the administration of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. We want him to succeed and of course, his vision is very important to us. We have to really work with him while he is sewing the direction, we do the action.”


This is another milestone for Region XII as it continues to acknowledge the needs of the people especially the welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers.


OWWA RWO IV-A takes pride at OFW DAINE I and II Association, an OFW Family Circle (OFC), for its recent launch of “Gulayan Project” in Indang, Cavite. It was spearheaded by no less than its President Mr. Teodorico P. Pagkaliwangan in partnership with Philippine Coconut Authority’s KAANIB Program.


The establishment of OFW Daine I and II, as an OFC, is a RWO IV-A’s long tradition of formally organizing active and returned OFWs as coherent development force in the community. All its programs and projects are fully supported by this office.


“Gulayan Project” aims not only to win citation for greener environment in their community but also to address the common issue of the need for self-reliance and sufficiency of green produce facing.


With an initial lot area of 2 hectares, the OFC looks forward to diversify into more agricultural-based program by planting vegetables like; string beans (sitaw), bitter gourd (ampalaya), tomatoes (kamatis), eggplant (talong) and chili pepper (sili).  


As an additional good news, OFW Daine I and II Association was chosen as one of the 30 participants who will compete in Brgy. Gulayan Project in the field of agriculture in CALABARZON region. It is envisioned that their participation in this contest will reap benefit for all its members and will make them more conscious of the economic benefit and relevance of greening the environment.


During the past couple of months, a total of 409 OFWs and their families were given basic orientation on OFW Enterprise Development Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) by OWWA Regional Welfare Office (RWO) IV-A. The said EDLP orientation was conducted during the Financial Literacy seminar held on 27 September, 15 October and 22 October at Brgy. Quisao, Pililia Rizal, Tanauan City, Batangas and Brgy Sabang, Ibaan, Batangas, respectively, in collaboration with Metrobank and the LGUs.


Ms. Emily Millanes, Senior Manager, Remittance Service Department of Metrobank facilitated the training on Financial Literacy using the bank’s module on Savings and Money Management while RWO IV-A lectures on EDLP were delivered by its respective provincial Family Welfare Officers (FWOs).


The OFW-EDLP aims to help OFWs and their families in the establishment of viable business enterprise that will provide them with steady income stream and create employment opportunities in their community. Financial Literacy is about sustaining and safeguarding meager earnings for sound money management to address the challenges of saving cash in facing economic difficulties for the future. Likewise, it is a tool to reduce the value of possible financial meltdown for struggling families.


“If you could get the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”

Sports Fest Kick Off Ceremony

Koronadal City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XII participated in the kick-off ceremony of the quarter-long celebration of the DOLE RCC Sports Festival, 2016.  The said activity was spearheaded by its attached agencies last October 14, 2016 held at DOLE Region XII Compound.


The DOLE RCC Sports Festival is a friendly match between employees of the Department of Labor and Employment XII and its attached agencies in line with the celebration of its 83rd founding anniversary.


OWWA XII belongs to Team Attached Agencies or Team AA as they call themselves along with other agencies namely Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Regional Tripartite and Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB) and National Legal and Reconciliation Commission (NLRC).

OWWA XII Team in their Sports uniform

The kick-off ceremony was also witnessed by DOLE XII employees, The Green Team, and the employees from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Blue team. The opening program highlights the ceremonial lightning of the torch and the recitation of the oath of sportsmanship. Furthermore, it also showcased the presentation of various teams rehearsed weeks ago to show dedication and eagerness to be called “champions” in this year’s RCC Sports Festival.


The three teams will compete for these games: Basketball (Men and Women), Volleyball (Men, Women and Mixed) and Darts. The game schedules will be announced every after game as it will follow round-robin system. The awarding ceremony is expected to take place on December 8, 2016 during the closing ceremony.

DOLE RCC XII- (NCMB, NLRC, OWWA, RTWPB, POEA, TESDA, DOLE and Labor Union) Regional Heads as Team Leaders Initiated the Ceremonial Flying of colors and Lighting of the Sports Festival Urn.

Officer In Charge, Marlyn E. Jamero encouraged her staff to join in various events of the Sports Festival, saying “This is our simple way of developing bond and solidarity with our partner agencies that help us promote and protect the welfare of our Modern Heroes, the OFWs.”