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RWO IX
OWWA RWO-IX RENDERED AIRPORT-SEAPORT ASSISTANCE TO AN INJURED OFW

ZAMBOANGA CITY –On June 6, 2017 the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office IX (OWWA RWO-IX) rendered airport to seaport assistance to OFW Dayang Dayang Arwida Arubin who suffered from Central Cord Syndrome. Central cord syndrome is an acute cervical spinal cord injury characterized by motor impairment in both upper and lower limb, variable degree of sensory loss below the level of injury and usually results in greater weakness in arms and legs.

 

OWWA Programs and Services Division Head Angeles C. Engalla and Labor Communication Officer Fatima Jane G. Salihuddin transported OFW Arubin and her sister who is also an OFW Dayang Arkreza Aubin from Zamboanga International Airport to the wharf where they took a ship to Jolo, Sulu.

 

PSD Head Engalla advised them to visit the OWWA focal person at DOLE-Jolo, Sulu to avail the services for them such as the KSA-Amnesty Program and Welfare Assistance Program (WAP). KSA Amnesty Program is available to (1) Residents iqama expired on or before March 19, 2017; (2) Workers with work permit but no iqama ID card; (3) Runaway workers reported as such on or before March 19, 2017; (4)Umrah and Haj overstayer (pilgrimage) without Haj permit; (5)Pilgrims without Haj permit; and (6) Infiltrators’ crossing Saudi borders. WAP on the other hand, is an assistance extended to OWWA members, active or non-active, and/or their families who are not eligible under any existing OWWA regular social benefit programs and services.

 

“Salamat po talaga Ma’am sa tulong ninyo, salamat sa tulong ng OWWA” were the words of the Arubin sisters before PSD Head Engalla and LCO Salihuddin left them aboard M/V Maria Rebecca Montenegro.

PSD Head Engalla together with the Arubin sisters at Zamboanga International Airport
 
PSD Head Engalla assisting the Arubin sisters to get a ticket to board MV Maria Rebecca Montenegro
 

PSD Head Engalla and LCO Salihuddin at Zamboanga City Wharf

 

RWO VIII
OWWA CONDUCTS ENHANCED ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

Another batch of aspiring loan applicants underwent Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training conducted by the OWWA RWO 8 in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-Leyte last May 25, 2017 at the Negosyo Center, Eastern Visayas State University Campus, Tacloban City and was attended by twenty-two (22) loan applicants from the different parts of the region.

 

Participants were individually taught on how to prepare business plan by the DTI-Representative Ms. Wenna Jo Mantua. She also gave a short discussion and briefing on business management to the participants and provided useful tips that they can use as future entrepreneurs.

 

Since January 2017, more than one hundred loan applicants, active and inactive OWWA members, already underwent EEDT and were endorsed to Land Bank of the Philippines- Sagkahan Branch for assessment and approval.

 

EEDT is part of the social preparation given by OWWA to applicants of the OFW-Enterprise Development Loan Program (OFW-EDLP), an enterprise development intervention and loan facility of OWWA, in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) that intends to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families. 

Ms. Magbuan discussing business management to the participants of EEDT

RWO VI
OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 is now accepting applicants for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).

 

In its thrust to expand its program to all beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OWWA has expanded the annual scholarship slots from 200 to 1,000.

 

Eligible beneficiaries are children of active OWWA members or their siblings (if unmarried or childless) who are not more than 21 years old, currently enrolled in Grade 12, and are incoming college freshmen belonging to the top 20 per cent of their graduating class.

 

Qualified applicants who are incoming college freshmen will be required to take the Department of Science and Technology’s national qualifying examination.

 

In addition, its scope also now includes members’ beneficiaries already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year of college who are single, not more than 30 years old, and with 85 per cent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

A financial assistance of P60,000.00 per school year and a group health and accident insurance coverage of P300,000.00 are entitled to the scholars.

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA RWO 6, emphasized that interested applicants should send their applications on or before July 31, 2017.

 

Application forms are provided at the OWWA Region 6 Office at Robinsons Place Iloilo City or are available for download at the following link: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/downloads-0.

 

Interested dependents may call the office for more details at telephone numbers (033) 509-1075 or 337-4484, or at (034) 432-2873 for the Bacolod City satellite office.

(FILE PHOTO) OWWA Region 6 staff with the Region 6 scholars during the OWWA Scholars’ Conference last December 2016. 

 

RWO VIII
EDSP SCHOLAR: ONE STEP CLOSER TO REALIZING DREAMS

OWWA-Regional Welfare Office VIII congratulates Mr. Earl Antonell P. Doctolero, an EDSP scholar who graduated Cum Laude with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSTHRM) at Leyte Normal University last March 29, 2017.

 

Mr. Doctolero has a single OFW brother and was an “active” OWWA member allowing him to take the EDSP qualifying examination for the batch 2013-2014.  Mr. Mark Elton P. Doctolero, brother of Earl, was a former Architect at Technical Vocational Training Corporation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

 

Earl’s father is working as a Private Electrician while his mother is a freelance Book-keeper. Earl’s financial assistance amounting to Php 60, 000.00 per school year was a big help to him and his family’s financial dilemma.

 

Currently, Earl is helping his brother manage their small family business while looking for a job.

 

Earl expressed his plan to take internship at any restaurants in America to acquire more experience in the food industry during his interview with OWWA. Also, part of his long term plans, is to establish a restaurant in the Philippines and establish his name as one of the minor, even major contributor in food industry in Region 8.  

 

“Thank you so much OWWA for giving me a chance to be part of your “happy” family. For being my guide and for pushing me to strive harder, farther and to always give my best” said Earl during his interview with OWWA staff.

Earl (third from right) pose with his friends after his graduation.

 

Mr. Doctolero (left) during his graduation rites last March 29, 2017

 

 

RWO ARMM
OWWA extends financial assistance to OFW injured in hacking incident

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) extended financial assistance of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P 50,000.00) to Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing, 26 years old, with three kids who was badly injured in a hacking incident at Greenhills, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

 

Lenie Tacpan, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in KSA, as per her statement, went home for a vacation. According to her, she requested her live-in partner, the father of her three children whom she has long been separated, to bring his parents to her parent’s house to finally settle the issue of separation. Early morning of March 10, 2017, her partner entered the house unnoticed, went up stairs and using a Bolo, began to hack Lenie who was then sound asleep next to her sister. Their father who came to rescue was hacked as well. They were rushed to the hospital but Lenie got the fatal blow.

 

OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo personally visited Lenie in the hospital and coordinated with DSWD-ARMM to provide a psycho-social intervention to Lenie and to her children who witnessed the bloody incident. 

OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing
 
 
Visit to OFW Lenie Lamigan Tacpan a.k.a. OFW Jenelyn Mandamat Randing at
Cotabato Regional and Medical Center, Cotabato City.

 

RWO X
Tuloy-Aral Beneficiary Thank OWWA for the Assistance

Niña May M. Bago is the youngest of the three (3) sisters. Her parents were separated long time ago and she lived with her mother. The one supporting her education was her elder sister, Menchie who previously worked in Qatar and is now in Dubai as clerk. Her mother is unemployed and their daily subsistence depends largely on the remittances of her sister.

 

Niña enrolled BS Electro-Mechanical Technology at Mindanao University of Science and Technology now University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City. In 2011, during her 2nd year in college, tropical depression “Sendong” submerged Cagayan de Oro City and her family saw the devastation of their small house including their belongings. OWWA-10 conducted profiling to those who are affected for extending possible assistance and her family was considered. She was included as beneficiary for the Tuloy-Aral Program. Through the facilitation of former Welfare Officer Leonor Mabagal of POLO-Greece, Alassia Newships Management Inc. became her sponsor and extend financial assistance until she graduated last March 2016.

 

Presently, Niña is working as a Safety Officer at Fresh Fruit Ingredients Inc. in Medina, Misamis Oriental. Niña extends her grateful appreciation to the generosity of Alassia Newships through the assistance she received in her schooling. She also thanked OWWA for coming-up with this kind of program that benefited the families of less fortunate OFWs.

 

RWO VI
OWWA Region 6 now accepts applicants for scholarship program

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 is now accepting applicants for its Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP).

 

In its thrust to expand its program to all beneficiaries of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), OWWA has expanded the annual scholarship slots from 200 to 1,000.

 

Eligible beneficiaries are children of active OWWA members or their siblings (if unmarried or childless) who are not more than 21 years old, currently enrolled in Grade 12, and are incoming college freshmen belonging to the top 20 per cent of their graduating class.

 

Qualified applicants who are incoming college freshmen will be required to take the Department of Science and Technology’s national qualifying examination.

 

In addition, its scope also now includes members’ beneficiaries already enrolled in 2nd to 5th year of college who are single, not more than 30 years old, and with 85 per cent equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

A financial assistance of P60,000.00 per school year and a group health and accident insurance coverage of P300,000.00 are entitled to the scholars.

 

Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge of OWWA RWO 6, emphasized that interested applicants should send their applications on or before July 31, 2017.

 

Application forms are provided at the OWWA Region 6 Office at Robinsons Place Iloilo City or are available for download at the following link: http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/downloads-0.

 

Interested dependents may call the office for more details at telephone numbers (033) 509-1075 or 337-4484, or at (034) 432-2873 for the Bacolod City satellite office.

(FILE PHOTO) OWWA Region 6 staff with the Region 6 scholars during the OWWA Scholars’ Conference last December 2016. 

 

RWO X
OWWA Region 10 conducts info-campaign on Education for Development Scholarship Program (ODSP)

Mr. Eugene B. Mesias, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer III and Focal Person of the Degree Granting Scholarship Program was the guest of the “Birada Morning Program” of Mellow Touch 95.7FM last May 25, 2017 anchored by one of veteran radio broadcaster in Cagayan de Oro, Ronnie M. Waniwan. Mr. Mesias discussed the newly amended guidelines of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) effective SY2017-18 and 2018-19. The enhanced guideline of EDSP includes the increased of scholarship slot for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) from 200 slots to 400 slots and allocation of 6 scholarship slots to those who are already in college (2nd yr to 5th yr) per province covered by Region 10.

 

The EDSP is a scholarship program that offers financial assistance to qualified dependents of active OWWA members who shall enroll or is currently enrolled in any four-year or five-year baccalaureate course in any college or university. A financial assistance of Sixty Thousand Pesos (Php60,000) per year shall be provided to the scholar. Eligible applicants must be a child of married OFWs or sibling of a single OFW or childless married OFWs. For incoming first year the applicant must be single, not more than 21 years of a  ge, Grade 12 graduating student, with a GWA of 80% and above and belongs to the upper 20% of the graduating class and belongs to the top 400 qualifiers of national qualifying examination administered by the Department of Science and Technology. For those who are already in college, an applicant must be single, not more than 30 years old and with a GWA not lower than B letter grade or 85% equivalence in all academic and non-academic subjects during the last school year attended in full load.

 

Filing of EDSP applications for incoming first year college (SY2018-19) start this June 2017 and for those in college is on first come first serve basis.

 

 

 

RWO X
OWWA Computer Literacy Reaches 3 OFCs in Bukidnon

Last April 18-20, Regional Office 10 in partnership with the Department of Education – Bukidnon Division reached three (3) OFW Family Circles (OFCs)  in the Province of Bukidnon to extend OWWA’s services to among 25 participants held at Valencia National High School, Poblacion, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Among the 3 OFCs were: Brgy. Colonia OFW and Beneficiaries Association, OFW Valencia City, Inc., and Migrants Ministry – Brgy. Dologon Chapter.

 

It is the goal of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to introduce computer literacy program not just to enhance knowledge and skills but bridge the communication gap between the OFWs and their dependents, hence promoting harmonious relationships among OFW families. Moreover, computer literacy nowadays is indeed essential in business and education, as well as for personal use.

 

Participants were able to familiarize with office programs, such as Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation and Internet Knowledge which used to be the standard skills set for most business operations.

 

Computer literacy has also a value in other areas of life outside of professional development. It is helpful for researching important topics or personal concerns and even in properly using computers and navigate the digital terrain that helps to make life organized and streamlined.

 

In this era, mobile media devices are becoming increasingly popular, reinforcing the need for computer illiterates to consider taking a skill course. Computers have changed almost every facet of daily life. Thus, gaining computer literacy helps one to prepare for the future.

 

Further, OWWA continues information drive on the salient features of R.A. 7610 otherwise known as Children’s Protection and the other related Laws Against Child Abuse on that same 2-day training and seminar.

 

It shall be the policy of the State to protect and rehabilitate children gravely threatened or endangered by circumstances which affect and or will affect their survival and normal development and over which they have no control.

 

Yvonne Sapanta, Registered Social Worker of City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD)- Valencia City, Bukidnon tackled in her talk the best interests of children as the paramount consideration in all actions concerning them, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions consistent with the principle of First Call for Children as enunciated in the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child. And that every effort shall be exerted to promote the welfare of children and enhance their opportunities for a useful and happy life.

 

Thus, it is OWWA’s mandate to be a welfare institution to promote the protection of rights of the children of the member OFWs.

RWO X
OWWA Conducts Self-Assessment and Personality Development Seminar with Learning Session on Children’s Protection at Jasaan MisOr

Addressing the mandate to be of service among OFWs’ dependents and children, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Office 10 conducted a seminar on Self-assessment and Personality Development Seminar with Learning Session on Children’s Protection to twenty six (26) youth of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental held at the Jampason Beach Resort, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental last April 26 and 27, 2017.

 

Jasaan Peso Manager together with his staff, Perseverando D. Macabasa, welcomed the participants and expressed how the local government unit of Jasaan appreciates the continued partnership and efforts with OWWA in delivering its programs and services for OFWs’ dependents particularly their children.

 
(Top photo) OIC-Regional Director, Leonor C. Mabagal welcomes the children of OFWs in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental for the Self-Assessment and Personality Development Seminar held at Jampason Resort, Jasaan Misamis Oriental last April 26 and 27, 2017. Meanwhile,  (below photo) Jasaan PESO Manager Percy Macabasa delivers his appreciation message to a continued partnership the NGA such as OWWA. 

 

OIC Regional Director Leonor C. Mabagal’s special message reassures OWWA’s support to the OFWs especially to their young dependents in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. “…in fact we have plenty of scholarships that might fit to each dependent…altogether we will reach success, no one will be left behind. Young generation is the hope of the nation, “she says in vernacular. She added that this seminar serves to guide and redirect the young generation in preparation for the future especially taking on leadership and youth empowerment.

 

Delia Sambaan, former DOLE official, serves as the resource speaker tackling on malasakit and attitude.  These principles in summary make up the importance on self-assessment and personality enhancement. She started off on participants’ individual introduction followed by identifying the coat of arms ----what makes an individual proud, any important achievement, disappointments, what not to give up and any hindrances in academic performance yet despite all trials, what keeps you going.

 

(Top) OIC-PSD Rhona Z. Fahigal, discusses the seminar’s importance and on financial management. While guest speaker, Delia V. Sambaan, tapped on self-assessment activities and personality development activities. 

 

On the second day, OWWA OIC on Programs and Services Division, Rhona Z. Fahigal, tackled financial management which is also significant on dependents so they can be reminded on savings especially on remittances by their OFWs and be able to help the family in case they want to venture small-time business to alleviate financial constraints of the family.

 

Population Commission Officer of LGU Jasaan, Lalaine Bella D. Salcedo, followed the discussion on natural changes that adolescents experience discussing sensitive topics yet age-appropriate. She mentioned that an increase of teenage pregnancy in Jasaan is quite alarming; hence the seminar is a great venue for information dissemination. Brillalyn M. Sibonga, Social Welfare Officer III of DSWD 10, also added discussion on livelihood possibilities for the dependents and availment in other DSWD programs and services.

 

Finally, Fiscal Ruby T. Malanog of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office broke down the salient points on Republic Act 7610 or the Children’s Protection Program and discussing the anti-child abuse law. She reminded the participants to be vigilant especially with human trafficking and on any other forms of abuses of children in their communities.

 

The seminar ended with the participants imparting the usefulness of the lessons learned relating to their importance to the society, how to properly manage their finances, how adolescents progress; and what laws protect their rights. They were thankful for the opportunity given to them and giving them importance as children of OFWs. OWWA is delighted to have lent a hand in any way and will continue to provide support to the OFW children. 

Participants during an ice-breaker activity. 
Lalaine Bella D. Salcedo, Population Commission Officer of LGU Jasaan broke laughters in the room as she discusses natural changes adolescents experiences. 
Fiscal Ruby T. Malanog of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office opens up sensitive issues on human trafficking and children pornography for participants to be vigilant of. She also reiterated the issues on not sharing sensitive videos rampant in different social media.
OWWA team and partners together with the OFW dependents of Jasaan Misamis Oriental. 

 

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