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EDLP Applicants Attends Orientation on Putting Up a Water Refilling Station Business

15 OFW-applicants of the Enterprise Development Loan Program (EDLP) attended the business immersion in water refilling station organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Office Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) with Anjumay Philippines Inc. at San Andres Bukid, Manila on 29 March 2017. The business immersion is to help interested loan borrowers to gain knowledge and appreciate the management of a water refilling station.


Mr. Manuel Jutiz, Sales and Marketing Manager of Anjumay Philippines Inc., discussed the advantages of having a water refilling station as a business. He emphasized that, “Water is a necessity kung kaya’t lahat ng tao ay customer mo mayaman man o mahirap. Hindi rin seasonal itong business na ito dahil kailangan mo ng tubig sa buong taon.”  He also encouraged the OFW-applicants not to be scared of starting their own business. He said to the participants, “Lakas ng loob ang kailangan sa pagnenegosyo. Masusing pag-aaral at paghahanda sa sarili ang kailangan kasi lahat ng negosyo ay dumadaan sa ups and downs. Hindi lahat ng business ay lumalago agad. Kailangan maging matiyaga ka.”

From L to R: The applicants of the EDLP being toured around the warehouse of the Fujiwater Refilling Station Business; The actual visit to the Money Tree Refilling Station, one of the successful water refilling station business; and Mr. Ricky Guanzon, owner of the Money Tree Refilling Station, sharing his success story to the OFW-applicants.

The OFW-applicants were brought to the warehouse of Fujiwater to see the actual machine/equipment used for the water refilling station business. They were also taught on the different parts of the machines and how to use them properly. After the lecture, they also visited a water refilling station business existing for 4 years located at D. Reyes Street, Zamora, Pasay City.


Mr. Ricky Guanzon, owner of the Money Tree refilling station, shared his success story from starting as a small capital delivering only 50 water containers per day to bigger production of 1,000 water containers per day. He inspired the OFW-applicants by saying, “Kailangan lang mag focus at mag tiyaga sa negosyo. Sa umpisa hindi agad mag gro grow ng malaki yan, kailangan mo magsikap. Nasa huli lagi ang nilaga.” He also shared his best practice to motivate his employees, “Bukod sa monthly salary nila nagbibigay din ako ng commission sa kanila depende kung ilang container ang na de deliver nila. Dahil doon, mas nagsisikap sila na makapagdeliver ng tubig at mag promote kaya kahit  mga hindi namin regular na customer sa amin na din nagpapadeliver.”


Ms. Catherine Baculbas, one of the applicants of the EDLP, shared her thoughts on the value of attending the business immersion- “Madami akong natutunan sa immersion at dahil doon ay mas lalo pa akong na encourage na ituloy ang pagtatayo ng water refilling station. “

Mr. Manuel Jutiz of Anjumary Philippines, Inc. discusses with the EDLP applicants the management of a water refilling station as a business.

OWWA-ARMM holds film viewing activity for OFW women

COTABATO CITY – To motivate and empower OFW women, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) organized a film viewing activity that features and tackles women empowerment, gender equality, and issues confronting women in the marginalized and vulnerable sectors presenting the agencies Gender and Development (GAD) advocacy.


The activity as part of the 2017 National Women’s Month Celebration was held at OWWA-ARMM Regional Welfare Office on March 10 & 17, 2017.


The activity featured a short film dubbed as “Kwentong OFW: Saki si Fatima” (OFW Stories: I am Fatima).


The film tells the story of Fatima, a young woman from Maguindanao in the Philippines who motivated by family needs chooses to leave her home to work as a domestic worker abroad. The video focuses on her decision-making process and provides tips on how to migrate safely.


The activity also featured short films entitled “The Empowerment of Women: IMAGINE I Am, I Can”, “Violence against Women throughout the Life Cycle”, “We can be Violence-Free #endVAWph”, “Gender Equality Now”, “Educate a girl and she will change the world”, “Mom”, and other inspirational clips for women.

Video clips of the short film “Kwentong OFW: Saki si Fatima” (OFW Stories: I am Fatima).
Video clips of short films during the film viewing activity on March 10 & 17.

OWWA-ARMM empowers women through fitness

COTABATO CITY – Aligned with the 2017 Women’s Month celebration under the Gender and Development (GAD) advocacies of the agency, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted Zumba Fitness activity today, March 31, 2017 at Mall of Alnor Annex, Cotabato City.


A total of seventy nine (79) Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families from the city and neighboring municipalities of Maguindanao joined the activity with the theme “#StrongWomenInspireAndEmpower and #EmpowerWomenThroughFitness”.


OWWA-ARMM Officer-in-Charge Odin T. Abdula said that the program aims to empower and promote a healthy lifestyle to OFW women and their families.


Reynaldo “Dodong” A. Racman, Dance Instructor of Cotabato Dance Center led the zumba exercises.


“I believe that empowering women translates into stronger families and stronger communities,” he said.

Seminar on R.A. 9262 and R.A.7610 conducted to staff and OFCs of RWO XI

Davao City – In line with the celebration of the 107th International Women’s Month, a seminar on R.A. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004) and R.A. 7610 (Special Protection Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination) was held last March 17, 2017 at the Training Hall of the regional office. A total of twenty-four (24) RWO XI staff and thirty-one selected members of OFW Family Circles in Davao City joined the learning session with Atty. Imelda L. Evangelio, resource person from the Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD).


The activity aims to provide the participants with a full understanding on the salient provision of the said laws and heighten their awareness on the current issues besetting women and children.


In her discussion on the Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act (RA 7610), Atty. Evangelio emphasized that it shall be the policy of the State to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect or will affect their survival and normal development. According to her lecture, some identified forms of child abuse are; psychological and physical abuse, cruelty, physical and psychological injury, neglect, sexual abuse, lascivious conduct, and exploitation. All the participants were also tasked to make a drama presentation on the identified forms of abuse as part of the workshop.


A video presentation on the acts of abuse and violence among women and children was likewise presented by Atty. Evangelio. The presentation elicited reactions from some participants who ask clarifications and explanations on the cases of abuse they encountered.


To end, OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido expressed his gratitude to all the staff who shared their thoughts and experiences and to all the OFC members who keep on supporting and participating all the activities of OWWA. He likewise said that, the seminar is a timely activity since the region will launch a program for the protection of children left behind by the OFWs.

OWWA-RWO XI staff and some members of the OFW Family Circles in Davao who attended the seminar.
Atty. Imelda L. Evangelio discussed the salient provisions of R.A. 9262 and R.A. 7610
OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido gave his inspirational message to the participants
Some of the OWWA XI staff and OFC members dramatize the forms of child abuse during the workshop.

OWWA-RWO XI joins Araw ng Dabaw parade

Davao City - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XI (OWWA-RWO XI) headed by its Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido joined the Araw ng Dabaw civic parade last March 16, 2017. The parade was one of the highlights of the city’s annual charter day celebration.


Participated by more than 300 contingents from the public and private sectors, the parade started at the Freedom Park end at the Rizal Park of the city. With this year’s theme “Stand Tall. United. Resilient”, the celebration is an occasion of assessing and demonstrating Davao City’s capacity for growth and progress along economic, industrial, social and cultural endeavors. It is also a celebration of unity among Dabawenyos to face challenges and adversities and determined to survive and overcome every trial.


The regional office’ participation to the 80th Araw ng Dabaw manifested a strong support and collaboration with the city government of Davao. The city has constant coordination with the OWWA regional office in addressing welfare concerns of OFW constituents thru the City Mayor’s Office.


Some scholars under the OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) also joined the parade.

OWWA-RWO XI staff headed by Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido with some of the scholars under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP) during the civic parade.

OWWA-ARMM conducts 3-day training on Basic Cosmetology

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducts a 3-day Basic Cosmetology Training on March 28-30, 2017 at OWWA-ARMM Training Center, Cotabato City.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said that the purpose of this activity is to equip OFWs and further improve their skills and competencies and help them to a fresh start and shape them a better future.


“The training dubbed as “Ganda mo, Kinabukasan ko!” aims to give our OFWs added skills which they can use when they are deployed abroad and also to earn income here in their home town,” Director Crisostomo added.


The resource person of the said training was Mr. Elden L. Lopena, NC II holder in Hairdressing (with Cosmetology) and Senior Stylist of the Elden’s Top Touch Salon, Cotabato City.


During the 3-day course, participants were trained with basic techniques on hair cutting, hair styling, hair curling, hair treatment, hair coloring, basic make-up, and manicure and pedicure.

(Elden L. Lopena during the lecture on basic facial structure)
(Lecture on the order and make-up application)
(The participants during their hands-on on hair cutting)
(Lecture and Hands-on on hair curling)
(Lecture on hair treatment and coloring)
(Lecture on manicure and pedicure)
(The participants during their hands-on on manicure, pedicure and nail polish application)

Cordillera Administrative Region

Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents need not worry because even if they are away from their families, they can always count on the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to come to their aid.


During the fourth release of Lawin financial assistance for Apayao last March 13-17, 2017, one sick claimant requested her check to be delivered at home. Hence the OWWA Team headed by Ms. Dina C. Ponciano, OWWO III, Ms. Liezl T. Felix and Ms. Remedios C. Caceres, Family Welfare Officers together with PESO and Migrants Desk Officer Miralyn Cascayan of LGU Flora, Apayao granted the request in the full service to the OFWs. They personally visited Mrs. Serafina Baloaloa Malda, a senior citizen and mother of OFW Rufina Baloaloa Malda, a household service worker in Hong Kong.


The claimant has suffered stroke which prevented her to walk on her own. OWWA’s vision to serve the interest and welfare of its member OFWs and dependents truly lived its purpose delivering its services with a heart.

From left: Ms. Miralyn Cascayan, Liezl T. Felix & Mrs. Serafina Malda
Ms. Liezl T. Felix and Mrs. Serafina Malda receiving the check for CARE-Lawin


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration held Capability Building Program to staff of Public OFW Desk Officers (PODOs) last March 16-17, 2017 at London Beach Resort, Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City.


A total of Thirty-Two (32) PODO staff attended the two-day training conducted by the Civil Service Commission XII. Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero believes that equally important undertakings must be given to them in order to enhance their service as front liners in the absence of their respective Public OFW Desk Officers.


Group Discussions, individual sharing, reporting and lectures are some of the methodologies used by the facilitators. All these were actively participated by the participants.

PODO staff discussing among their selves the topic assigned to them.

The two-day training aims to encourage all government employees to improve customer responsiveness, develop customer-oriented culture within the agency, and arouse understanding in the significance of service excellence.


"Napakahalaga po ng mga ganitong training lalo na at karamihan sa amin ay bago pa lang sa Government Service at wala pang masyadong kaalaman sa tamang pakikitungo sa mga kliyente.", said Ms. Anna Mae S. Escondida, PODO staff – LGU Pigcawayan.

Female employees of OWWA XII and participants proudly show off their red roses.

Furthermore, in line with the celebration of the International Women’s Month, the male employees of OWWA – Programs and Services Division serenaded and offered roses to female participants during the training.


The Basic Customer Service Skills Seminar is the first Capability Building Program of OWWA XII for the year 2017. Another Capability Building Program for partners in the ground is set to be conducted on May 2017.

Mr. Ernel B. Posadas, OWWA staff (leftmost) with his group mates delivering their yell at the start of the activity.

Cordillera Administrative Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Cordillera Region (OWWA-CAR) through its Family Welfare Officer in Ifugao awarded the amount of P120,000.00 on March 14, 2017 for the Death and Burial benefit to the family of deceased OFW Mario Sernadilla Guico in Lamut, Ifugao.  Said assistance is being given by the OWWA to beneficiaries of deceased OFWs who have active membership status at the time of death under its Social Benefits Program. 


OFW Guico worked as a Driver in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for six (6) years but because of kidney problem he was repatriated back to the Philippines on May 2016 to undergo medication. Unfortunately, he succumbed to death on December 26, 2016 while his OWWA membership coverage was still active.  He left behind an unemployed wife with two minor children with nobody to support their financial and educational needs.


In addition, the OWWA under its Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) also extended scholarship assistance to Rechellen Nel Peralta, the youngest child of the deceased OFW.  Rechellen who is presently enrolled as a second year high school student will receive P8,000.00 annual financial assistance under the ELAP scholarship of OWWA.  The financial assistance will increase to P10,000 per annum once she will be at the college level until she graduate provided she will maintain a passing grade.


Mrs. Glenda M. Guico will also be given an additional capital for her rice farming for the purchase of fertilizer and insecticide amounting to P15,000.00 upon completion of the necessary documentation. The livelihood assistance component of the ELAP is given to the surviving legal heir of the deceased OFW for the family to be able to start or expand an existing livelihood project which will augment family income.

At the center is Mrs. Guico receiving her check and from R-L former Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Rudy Dulnuan, MSWDO of Lamut – Juanita Puguon, Migrants Desk Officer- Mr. Reynaldo Nalliw, and OWWA FWO Flor
Scholar Rechellen Nel Peralta, signing her scholarship agreement under ELAP Educational Component 


A vision of expanded   entrepeneurship inspired Mr. Teddy Cabagag from his work aboard an-ocean going vessel.  He dreamth of a fairy-tale like story that can be read on books only but is nevertheless worth  listening to because they featured a real couple that lives happily ever after.


Mr. Teddy Cabagag is a bona-fide seafarer.  His story began when he became a blessed beneficiary of OWWA’s Reintegration Program in 2011 through a grant of One Million Two Hundred Thousand (Php 1,200,000) loan from Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).  He, together with his wife Meriam, invested the money to finance their beverage wholesaling business which they started in 2011. And from a minimum of three (3) workers, he now has seven (7) personnel and is still counting.


Mr. Cabagag has been a seafarer since 2000.  While at sea, they thought of further augmenting family’s income to support their two children, they ventured the beverage wholesaling business through the above grant.  And not long after, they were able to buy several pieces of real property within their community and in their province, as a sign of prosperity.


However, Mr. Cabagbag and wife’s success does not come that easy. It is Meriam’s perseverance, strong will, determination, and firm faith in God which enabled them to multiply their monthly sales to Php 200,000 (or an increase of nearly 25% from previous level).


What is most amazing about their story is that while Mr. Cabagbag is still plying the rough seas, they were able to fully pay, this January 2017, their loan balance at LBP. As their blessings did not stop there, the couple were  not only able to send their children to school  but they were also able to adopt three children from family friends who needs their help most.


“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa OWWA, dahil po sa kanilang programa, nabigyan po kami ng pagkakataon na makatulong sa pamilya at makaahon sa hirap ng buhay.”, a beaming and a grateful message from Mr. Cabagbag’s wife.