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OWWA Awarded Outstanding Regional Partner by BSP in Implementing Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Info Campaign

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Third in a row, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office X (OWWA RWO X) has been awarded once again as the Outstanding Regional Partner in Cagayan de Oro City in Implementing BSP’s Advocacy on the Conduct of Public Information.  It was conducted during the 2016 Award Ceremony and Appreciation lunch for Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Stakeholders of Region 10 and Caraga last Sept. 6, Tuesday, at the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Osmeña St., Cagayan de Oro City.


OIC-RD Roseller D. Bartolome received the award given by BSP Monetary Board Member Felipe M. Medalla.


The event, which is now on its 13th year, is held annually to show gratitude to its stakeholders who have continuously supported the BSP’s statistical undertakings, information needs and advocacy programs and effectively deliver BSP’s functions through OWWA’s Pre- Departure Orientation Seminar.


Right before the event formally started, an audio- visual presentation was played with the theme “Sustained Partnership, Sustained Economic Growth” followed by the welcome remarks of Iluminada T. Sicat, Managing Director of the Regional Monetary Affairs Sub-sector.


The event closed with all the awardees chunked in a group photo together with the BSP officials and a sumptuous lunch afterwards.

OWWA 10 Attends DOLE 24/7 Hotline Launch

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Office X (OWWA RWO X) together with the other agencies, under the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) were present in the launching of the 24/7 DOLE Hotline last 31 August 2016 at the De Luxe Hotel, Capt. Vicente Roa St., Cagayan de Oro City. led by the DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante in the presence of local media both in radio and television.


OWWA has long been using its own hotline in answering queries regarding its programs and services and also to provide immediate response to those in crises and emergency situations.


As to date, most of the queries received by OWWA’s hotline are the Relief Assistance Program (RAP) to distressed workers who were affected due to financial crisis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The press conference was also covered by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 10.


OWWA 10’s hotline number is 0917-548-0033/ 0939-901-6026.


OWWA-RWO VI Conducts Financial Literacy Seminars to Capiz OFC members

As part of its coordination efforts and services to the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) communities in the region, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) VI held a series of trainings on Financial Literacy, Savings Mobilization, and Values Formation in different barangays in Capiz in September.


Members from various local OFW Family Circle (OFC) groups attended the workshops in Brgy. Sta. Cruz on September 22, Brgy. Poblacion Sur on September 23, Brgy. Matnog on September 27, Brgy. Ondoy on September 28, and Brgy. Poblacion Norte on September 29.


Jade Love Omapas, Overseas Worker Welfare Officer (OWWO) I, taught the participants on developing values formation and savings mobilization skills, while Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) Remon Albueza and Sherwin Madayag explained financial literacy concepts and application.

Participants are asked to categorize their “needs” and “wants” during the savings mobilization workshop.

The seminars aimed at teaching participants to identify their values system, to help them achieve their goals for their families, and to allow them to form necessary skills and knowledge on savings that would give them insights to scout various investment opportunities.


A total of 276 people attended the said trainings.

(Kneeling): Jade Love Omapas, OWWO I, and Sherwin Madayag, FWO, pose with the participants of the seminar.


48 OFWs undergo Financial Literacy and Entrep Dev't Training

Butuan City, September 23- In the unyielding effort to bring help to displaced OFWs from their debacle, 48 OFWs underwent an Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) and Financial Literacy seminar spearheaded by the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga under the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program scheme.


The BPBH Livelihood Assistance Program is part of the agency’s reintegration services that aims to provide immediate relief through granting livelihood starter kits amounting to P10, 000.00 to displaced and distressed OFWs who were not able to finish their employment contract overseas due to economic crisis or hostilities in the host countries and some other distressful situations.

The participants together with the OIC-Program & Services Division, Ms. Ma. Ireen C. Cambaling (utmost left) and Ms. Jean Mary Ronquillo (utmost right) Overseas Workers Welfare Officer

Jean Mary Ronquillo, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, facilitated the training including the necessary orientation on the livelihood grant availment that primarily hopes to capacitate them with skills and basic knowledge which can be useful in starting their livelihood ventures. Moreover, Ronquillo guided the OFW participants in crafting their business plans which will serve as their future guide during the implementation of their chosen livelihood endeavor. Most of the OFW participants wanted to venture into trading, agricultural production and hog raising.

Jessica L. Escobia, one of the participants, crafts her business plan

Jacqueline Estrada, one of the participants, expressed her appreciation with enthusiasm at the end of the training. “My husband and I are in so much delight knowing that OWWA could offer this kind of assistance. This program can be a great help for us to start in generating a source of income” stated by Jacqueline, in local dialect.


As of writing, OWWA Caraga has already granted a sum of 1.65M for livelihood starter kits benefiting 165 OFWs under the BPBH Livelihood Assistance Program. For further information/queries regarding the program, kindly visit OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga located at Nimfa Tiu Bldg.2, J. Rosales Ave., Butuan City.

OWWA-Caraga conducts IT Training at Socorro Island

Butuan City, September 23- Despite the rough distance in conducting on-site trainings, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga continues in mobilizing the initiative of bringing computer literacy to the outskirt communities especially for the dependents of OFWs. Last September 13-16, 2016 an Information Technology (IT) training was held at ECE Training Center, Socorro, Surigao del Norte and enthusiastically participated in by 37 individuals mostly OFW dependents.


As the advent and the ubiquity of today’s technology became rampant, the IT training aims to give the participants the basic skills and knowledge to equip them technically for future job opportunities. Mr. Vincent Mahinay, the IT instructor, included the following specifications in the training modules: basic computer fundamentals 1 & 2, Internet Fundamentals, Word Processing, Spread Sheet, Power point Presentation and Digital Media Fundamentals. Moreover, he emphasized that the importance of the training was not just bounded by knowing the basic technicalities or to bridge the physical gap between them and their families abroad but also to promote literacy in utilizing the technology with prudence.

Mr. Vincent Mahinay, the IT Instructor, discusses the module to the participants.

With heartfelt delight, the participants expressed their gratitude by saying that they are very fortunate to be part of the said training, stated in local dialect.


For those OFWs, beneficiaries and dependents that are interested on undergoing the same training, they can visit the OWWA-Caraga office. The RWO also conducts the same training in the office. They may register and are required to submit the following: accomplished form with 1x1 photo, Proof of OWWA Membership (for OFWs) and Proof of Relationship to OFW (for beneficiaries and dependents).

The participants during their hands-on activity


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