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RWO-NCR conducts Scholars’ Outreach Program

The Regional Welfare Office-National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) visited  two (2) orphanages on 18 December 2014 for its annual outreach activity.


RWO-NCR staff, together with the scholars of the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) and OFW Dependent Scholarship Program (ODSP) visited the Pangarap Foundation Inc. in Pasay City and Bahay Tuluyan Orphanage in Malate, Manila for a day of fun and exciting games, and gift giving for the orphans under the care of said institutions. Each gift pack contains essential items like slippers, towels and soaps which are donations from the EDSP and ODSP scholars, OWWA-Partner Training Centers, OFWs, clients and private donors. 


Ms. Ma. Teresa B. Capa, Chief of the Program Services Division and Ms. Zenaida S. Ramos, Chief of the Administrative and Finance Division lead the gift giving to the orphans.


“It is a very wonderful feeling when a child, who is completely unknown to you, smiles back at you”, said Ms. Capa.


“Indeed, OWWA cares not just to its clients, but to the less fortunate as well”, she added.


EDSP and ODSP Scholars, the RWO-NCR Staff and the Pangarap foundation beneficiaries of the outreach program


RWO-NCR staff together with EDSP and ODSP scholars and the Bahay Tuluyan Staff  after the outreach program


Ms. Zeny Ramos  and Ms. Teresa Capa distributing gifts to the orphans

OWWA 10 Proclaims MOFYA 2014 Regional Winners

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- In recognition of Overseas Filipino Workers’ (OFW) significant role in the rising Philippine economy through religiously sending remittances to their families, the annual institutional event, Model OFW of the Year Awards (MOFYA), of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has declared its 2014 regional winners in a two-phased category (land and sea-based) including special awards of outstanding OFW and family entrepreneurship and community projects. The occasion last October 20 held at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City honored OFW families that possessed wholesomeness consisting the aspects of solidarity, community involvements, children’s success in education as well as managing the finances while the other member of the family is abroad. 


(3rd from right) Capt. Calvert Talaroc Ramos & Family together with OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado.


OFW family circles and communities, church groups, local government units, and private entities within the region nominated the model families representing their municipalities. OFW Wilfredo Carausos Ancajas & Family, a Piper Foreman for 23 years in Saudi Arabia, from Purok Masilakon II, Lugait Misamis Oriental bagged the land-based sector while Capt. Calvert Talaroc Ramos & Family of Purok II Brgy. Mago-ong, Linamon Lanao Del Norte got the sea-based award. Special awards that marked success in entrepreneurship and community involvements are also grabbed by Capt. Meinrado Caminos Villame & Family from Purok Molave, Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte. 


(7th from left) Capt. Meinrado Caminos Villame & Family, 

(2nd from right) and Maranding Women Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative Staff (MWIMPC), as the nominating party, together with OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado.


The remaining three (3) OFW families who have not garnered the major awards during the event were also given recognition plaques as model families in their respective areas. Filseaman Simplicio Baclaan Lariosa Jr. of Purok Mauswagon, Brgy. Poblacion, Lugait Misamis Oriental worked as a Pipefitter for 23 years;  OFW Virginia De La Piedra – Catacutan & Family from Purok 2A, San Miguel, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon worked as a Domestic Helper in Hongkong for 20 years while OFW Renato Abalos Castillo & Family from Brgy. Sumpong, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon has worked for almost 10 years as an Architect. Further, the selection committee in coming up with the chosen OFW Model Family for 2014 are represented by the private, land-based and sea-based aspect, academe, religious and government sectors.


Awarding of Certificates of Recognition to the members of the 2014 MOFYA Regional Selection Committee.

(From Left) OWWA Director Albert Q. Valenciano of Plans and Programs Central Office, Retail Manager Mila M. Pace of Globe Telecom- SM City Branch, Director Fritzie C. Estoque of Liceo de Cagayan University Center for Community Development, Training Director Capt. Buenaventura K. Barete of Surigao Maritime Education Center – CDO Branch, DOLE-10 Asst. Regional Director Rodrigo Deloso and OWWA OIC-RD 10 Harry B. Borres


OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado also graced the awarding ceremony by giving her keynote address emphasizing the huge contribution of OFWs and to prioritize and give importance in the solidarity of family as the basic of society. 


The regional winners are expected to join the national awarding with their cash prizes given for the rest of the regions to be held in Metro Manila by December. 



OWWA Administrator Visits Regional Office 10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- Aside from gracing Region 10’s Model OFW of the Year Awards (MOFYA) held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel last 20 October 2014, OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Administrator, Rebecca J. Calzado, visited OWWA Regional Welfare Office 10 at the 2nd Flr. Trinidad Bldg. Yacapin-Corrales St., Cagayan de Oro City. Her visit made an enthusiasm atmosphere at maintaining camaraderie on employees and especially witnessing firsthand the activities, programs and services rendered by the administration.


All the way from Laguindingan International Airport (LIA), the Administrator Calzado dropped by at OWWA-MOPH (Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital) at Alubijid, Misamis Oriental and checked on its operations. Together with the Region X Team, she proceeds to the city and made preparations for the MOFYA event. The following day, she had a conference with the Region X staff regarding the issues and concerns of urgent welfare cases, the proposed system monitoring of Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) in the municipalities assigned.


She also took a chance of interacting the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) participants, mostly are household service workers, and gave brief additional advises and suggestions on valuing their families that are left behind. She also gave tips on how to show genuine and compassionate characteristics upon first meeting and in ways to create good vibes with the employers. Moreover, she also interviewed some Information Technology (IT) Tulay Program students on how the program helps them in communicating their families and in bridging also their sustainable livelihood.


During the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS), Hon. Rebecca J. Calzado, asks the participants who among them has families to be left behind.


Mr. Roseller Bartolome,SAO/PSD, led OWWA Administrator at the IT Tulay Program Class.

BSP Awards OWWA 10 for Outstanding Partner in Financial Learning Campaign

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office (RWO) 10 is ever since one of the stakeholders of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that provides strong support on its various statistical undertakings, information requirements and advocacy programs. Thus on its marked 11th year of stakeholders awards, OWWA RWO 10 is proclaimed as 2014 Outstanding Partner in Financial Learning Campaign Awardee in Region X along with the other regions of XI & Caraga during the Awards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch held at the Crystal Ballroom, the Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Davao City on 7 October 2014 led by Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo.


The event attests to the successful alliances that have helped the BSP maintain price and financial stability and ensure an effective payment and settlement system. 


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Officer in Charge-Regional Director, Harry B. Borres, receives Outstanding Partner in Financial Learning Campaign Awards during the 2014 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Aawards Ceremony and Appreciation Lunch held at the Crystal Ballroom, The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, Davao City on 7 October 2014.



SM City Gensan treats Overseas Filipino Workers and their Families

Koronadal City – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families who are members of SM Global Pinoy and holders of Banco De Oro Kabayan Savings Account enjoyed a fun-filled activity with lots of thrilling surprises through the Pamaskong Handog ng SM para sa mga OFWs held at SM City General Santos on December 15, 2014 spearheaded by SM Supermalls in partnership with BDO.


Exclusive services were made available to all the participants including freebies and awards that made the participants ecstatically happy. BDO, through its vibrant representatives facilitated games that made the participants even more delighted.


Moreover, an astonishing performance by ABS-CBN artist, Sam Milby brought the crowd in joyous uproar.


According to Engr. Hermon L. Hernandez, Assistant Mall Manager of SM City General Santos, SM Global Pinoy is now on its third year in celebrating “Pamaskong Handong ng SM para sa mga OFWs” which aims to champion the hardworking Overseas Filipinos.


“This will create a heartwarming program that will easily be remembered by the OFWs and their families”, Hernandez added.


OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII (OWWA RWO XII) also graced the momentous activity.


A Christmas carol sung by the Holy Trinity College Choir of General Santos City added further amusement to the event.


The Holy Trinity College of Gensan Choir entertains the crowd with Christmas Carol


SM Global Pinoy is a Corporate Social Responsibility Program under the SM Cares Program of SM Supermalls which was founded to help guide the OFWs and their families through the challenges of working or having a loved one work overseas. 


OWWA RWO XII celebrates Christmas with DOLE XII RCC

Koronadal City – Vibrant staff of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII headed by OIC, Regional Director Marilou M. Sumalinog enjoyed a night filled with entertainment and exciting surprises held last December 10, 2014 at the KCC Convention and Events Center in General Santos City.


Spearheading the momentous activity was the Department of Labor and Employment XII headed by Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo.


The gathering was also graced by heads of different attached agencies of DOLE XII namely NCMB XII, TESDA XII, NLRC XII, RTWPB XII, NRCO XII, POEA XII, PESO XII, and ECC XII, together with their staff.


One of the highlights of the activity was the raffle draw where participants are all tangled in excitement and wishful thinking as winners are being decided randomly through an electronic raffle drawing system.


A sumptuous meal was also served which was complemented by a glass of wine preceding the Christmas Toast called by Director Domingo.


Wowing almost every person in the party was the surprise number performed by the RWO XII staff dancing in the beat of Christmas Jingle, the “Jingle Bell Rock”. The presentation added further amusement and pure entertainment to the activity which was succeeded by a round of applause from the elated audience.


Meanwhile, the Renaissance Band, guest entertainer played an even more astounding music pieces cheering everyone in the venue. Even the DOLE XII Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi wasn’t able to resist joining the band on stage singing “Sweet of Child of Mine”.


What made the party even more exciting was the unique ‘Exchange Gift’ activity, where ‘manitos and manitas’ were asked to pick numbers randomly and were compelled to look for the corresponding number they’re holding in the shortest time possible in exchange of a prize, a gift certificate courtesy of SM Supermalls.


A bit of fun and pleasure to experience in the yuletide season is undoubtedly deserved by people who enthusiastically work for the government. 

Retired Captain from Lanao Del Norte Proclaims as MOFYA 2014 Special Awardee

Love your neighbor as you love yourself”. Capt. Meinrado Caminos Villame and Mrs. Luzvizminda Dagondon – Villame were neighbors in Lanao Del Norte. 


Capt. Meinrado started off as an inter-island cadet in 1983. It was during this apprenticeship when their platonic relation turned romantic for about 5 years until they settled down and reached 37 years. Mrs. Luzvisminda decided to marry his long-time partner since she knew his character of being patient, understanding, generous and compassionate. Despite of his career status, he still helps his father in farming whenever he’s home for vacation. It just simply shows how a responsible husband he can be whom she can trust. And even now that they are married, Capt. Meinrado makes sure he assists his wife at home whenever he disembarks.


First few months of their marriage, together with their eldest child, they stayed for 3 years in Manila. Capt. Meinrado, at that time, was still in an inter-island boarding when their ship sunk near Negros due to the operator’s unmonitored weather forecast of an upcoming storm. Moreover, they ran out of crude oil travelling from Negros to Cebu. 


He narrated how he focused himself along with his mates to survive literally. As the chief mate, he instructed the rest to follow strict procedure in diving and the proper ways to move along the storm surge for survival. Despite efforts to stay alive, one of his crew didn’t make it to shore.


Aside from arriving home with only pieces of clothes at hand, this survival scenario under his mandate recognized his efficiency and passion for work and eventually got promoted. Later on he ranked as master mariner in 1998. 


Realizing the danger, Mrs. Luz decided to go back to Lanao Del Norte and start her own business and livelihood to assist her husband. She can’t afford to lose him that way. However, Capt. Meinrado reassured her and continued sailing internationally this time. 


Villame Family’s 16 hectares wide ricefields in Kapatagan, Lanao Del Norte.


Back in Mindanao, Mrs. Luz worked as a Midwife for 5 years at IHU-Kapatagan Hospital, Lanao Del Norte. With that unforgettable experience, she can’t help but worry for her husband. Whenever her husband embarks, practically speaking, emotions of being incomplete when he’s away and gladness of anticipating a job are mixed. Generally, she feels emptiness whenever her partner is away. “It’s totally different to face challenges in raising the children alone”, she exclaims.  As much as possible she doesn’t want to divulge problems to disturb him because she knows how he’s highly expected and how big his responsibilities are on board. She knows his weakness and only talks about it when he’s offshore.


With their communication, they make sure they receive letters every week. They even indicated numbers on envelopes to avoid confusion since some letters skip to another or oftentimes missing. In their letters, they filled it with description on their respective work areas which she read all over again and over again when she puts her children to bed. That at times Mrs. Luz makes it her inspiration in understanding his nature of work. When mobile phones are accessible, he roll calls all his 6 children everyday.


When it comes to disciplining her children, she’s flexible and manages to be a “nanay & tatay” all at the same  time. She has to be strict and wants her children to abide by her principles or else you deserve worth punishable for. She has to be strong since she especially has 4 boys to tame for. She even taught them domestic works and not to rely on anybody, “you want it, work for it”. They were taught to live within their means and not to be extravagant.


Mrs. Luz wishes that, as a couple, they may live longer together to make up for the lost years of being far from each other.


At present, all their children are through with school and ventured on each of their own careers. Three (3) of the boys followed their father’s footstep as a seafarer and the other one (1) pursued aeronautics engineering. And the two (2) girls are licensed nurses.


Capt. Meinrado Caminos Villame earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and was onboard for a total of 30 years and just retired from work last November 2013.


Mrs. Luzvizminda Dagondon- Villame finished her Midwifery in Misamis University, Ozamis City. And practiced her profession for 5 years in Lanao del Norte public hospital.


When Capt. Meinrado retired last December 2013, he kept his schedule busy at his farming business. (At the photo) He keeps a 1 hectare wide drier.  


Marwin Villame, eldest son of the couple, graduated Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Ozamis City, married, and now on board for international destination acting as Master Mariner. Vilda Villame, eldest daughter is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and currently practicing her license in a public hospital in Taiwan. Meinrado Villame Jr., 2nd son earned a degree in Aeronautics, had worked in NAIA and currently pursued his second course, BS Marine Transportation to follow his father’s footsteps. Joseph Villame, 3rd son, completed his Aeronautics Engineering degree presently working with Qatar Airlines based in Qatar. Louville Villame, youngest daughter, is a licensed and registered Nurse in San Lazaro Hospital for 2 years. Archiemedez Villame, youngest son, is also BS Marine Transportation graduate and currently a licensed 3rd mate and just recently got married to a teacher.


All of the couple’s children are through with their college education and currently having their own lives and own career locally and internationally. They are taught proper ways to deal with all their people in their family businesses. The boys were active during the younger years in engaging sports leagues as Sangguniang Kabataan members.


They not only invested on their own children’s education but also assisted some of their nautical scholars, mostly their relatives and sons of their loyal caretakers, who are all on board.


Moreover, Mrs. Luz was one of the 17 pioneer members of then now established MWIMPC (Maranding Women Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative)  - an OFW Family Circle (OFC)-  whose group started off as OFW’s and dependents that caters programs applicable and helpful towards its members. Currently, the cooperative has 150 personnel with several branches in Lanao Del Norte.


The family also acquired lot parcels in some locations of Lanao del Norte for their residential, business venue (newly opened function hall), ricelands and agricultural farm:


a.       16, 301 sq.m – Brgy. Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte (Ricefields) - 2012

b.       15, 801 sq.m – Poblacion Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte (Ricefields) - 2012

c.       102 sq.m – Poblacion, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte (Function Hall) - 2012

d.       20, 068 sq.m – Pancilan, Sapad, Lanao del Norte (Ricefields)-2005

e.       34, 307 sq.m - Pancilan, Sapad, Lanao del Norte (Ricefields)-2005

f.        470 sq.m – Lala,Lanao DelNorte (Apartment business with Php288,000 annual income)-1984


The couple also owned residential house and lot in Villanueva, Subdivision. (a. 790sq. m); ( b. 770 sq. m.); (c. 200sq. m) They owned several vehicles for private, logistics and mobilization. These include: a) 2001 – Dropside Elf (Isuzu); (b) 2005 – Wagon Crosswind (Isuzu); (c) 2009 – Dropside with Canopy; (d) Wdetach Roofing (Toyota); (e) 2014 – Dump Truck (Isuzu Giga); (f)2014 - White Honda City Car (Bridal Car).


The couple is now active sponsor of Gagmay nga Simbahan sa Katilingban (GSK) in Purok Molave, Maranding, Lala, Lanao del Norte. With their family scholars, businesses and farmland they have invested, they employed a total of 51 personnel.


¨       Function Hall : 11 Personnel

¨       Farm : 28 Personnel

¨       Mobilization/ Logistics/ Trucking/ Apartment : 5 Personnel

¨       Education : 7 Nautical Scholars


Having returned from her previous overseas employment in Dubai, Maricel Ladiao looks forward in her new venture as she expands her grocery store with rice retailing in their home in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The rice retail is part of the livelihood package OFW Ladiao received from OWWA through the Balik Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program.


Maricel Ladiao tried her luck overseas to help her husband, a mason and welder in their province, to finance the education of their four children, the eldest among them is currently a grade-9 student from Palawan National High School. “Gusto kong maghanda para sa kolehiyo ng aking anak”, she further added. However, she has not been able to finish her contract due to misunderstandings with her co-worker which resulted in souring relationship with her employer. The situation got out of hand which prompted her to seek the help of Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai to assist her in going back to the Philippines.


Upon arrival, the Department of Labor and Employment – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (DOLE-OWWA) gave OFW psycho-social services such as stress debriefing sessions. Furthermore, she received livelihood assistance as part of the reintegration program of DOLE-OWWA through the Balik Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay program. Under the program, a distressed OFW is qualified to be a recipient of livelihood starter kits to aid in starting again in the country and strengthen entrepreneurial skills of the OFW. With the mini grocery she had been able to invest during her stint as OFW, she plans to augment her existing business through rice retailing. “Mahirap magnegosyo ng puro utang at walang kapital”, OFW Ladiao said.


True to its mission, “Umulan ma’t umaraw, ang OWWA ay maasahan”. She is very happy and relieved that OWWA, through thick and thin, is ready to help OFWs, especially distressed ones like her to stand again through livelihood assistance programs. 

OFW Family Circles Joins DTI’s Diskwento Caravan 2014

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- To acknowledge strong cooperation and support towards consumer welfare by giving out discounts on commodities and products for sale, OWWA – RWO 10 (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 10) invited three (3) active OFW Family Circles (OFCs)  to participate DTI’s (Department of Trade and Industry) two-day Diskwento Caravan themed “Presyong Panalo Para sa Mamimiling Pilipino” along with other partner agencies (RTWPB, TESDA & CONSUMERNET), distributors, suppliers and service providers last September 15 & 16, 2014 at the Gaston Park, Cagayan de Oro City.


“I am grateful with OWWA for inviting us to participate on this government program which enables us to promote our product as well”, one member exclaims. Thus, in order to enhance their knowledge in promoting their products and services, they are encouraged to avail OWWA’s Information Technology (IT) Program especially on venturing tri-media advertisements.


Among the groups who participated are OFCs within Cagayan de Oro City & Claveria, Misamis Oriental namely: HALO (Home Alliance Livelihood Organization) of Carmen, Claveria Migrant Ministry Association and Opol Sealand.

OWWA Celebrates 2014 National Maritime Week

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY --- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Office 10 spearheaded by Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)  Region 10 celebrates 2014 National Maritime Week slated on September 21 – 28 adopting IMO’s theme: “IMO Conventions: Effective Implementation” held at SM City Car Park, Cagayan de Oro City.


To focus attention on the importance of maritime safety, security and environment protection, members of the academe, private sectors and attached government agencies joined the week-long celebration which started off with a parade from Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) up to Upper Carmen – SM City.


The event aims to invigorate the participation of the four sectors of maritime industry: the domestic shipping, the overseas shipping, the shipbuilding and ship repair and the maritime manpower development, as well as the maritime education and training sector and other related groups.