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21 September 2016. OWWA RWO IV-A played host to 179 distressed OFWs (divided into several batches) who underwent various techno-skills training and basic essential information,  on the following trade under the Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Program (BPBH):  a) meat processing; b) manicure/pedicure/foot spa; c) soap and perfume making; and d) native kakanin/Filipino delicassies.  All sessions were held in its training room, last 13, 14 and 27 July; 03, 10, 11, 23 and 26 August and 07, 08 and 15 September, 2016


Above techno-skills trainings were conducted by RWO IV-A through the active partnership and participation of Nego-Skwela for Native Kakanin (Filipino Delicacies), ULTIMA Entrepinoy Forum Center for Meat Processing, Golden Treasure for Soap and Perfume Making, and JRP Training Services for Manicure, Pedicure and Footspa.


At the conclusion of the day’s training, a Php10,000.00 worth basic starter kits were distributed to individual participant to enable them to quickly start a livelihood undertaking through self-waged employment.

Manicure/ Pedicure & Footspa
Soap and Perfume Making
Native Kakanin (Filipino Delicacies)
Meat Processing

OWWA RWO IV-A offers BPBH Program to all distressed OFW in CALABARZON who manifested desire and interest to establish small business once they opted to remain in the country for good.  Skills offered are related to meat processing, commercial cooking and bread/pastry production, among others, where trainees were given hands-on training by competent trainers.

OWWA trains Altavas OFC members in meat processing

To encourage family members of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in starting their home-based livelihood project, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI held a Training on Meat Processing for the OFW Family Circle (OFC) members of Altavas, Aklan.


About thirteen (13) members of the group participated in the one-day training last September 1, 2016 at the Barangay Hall.  


The participants were taught to discuss the basic concepts and processes involved in meat processing, apply the principles of meat hygiene and sanitation, and eventually demonstrate the skills they learned and use it for income-generating activities.


At the workshop’s conclusion, the participants produced meat products like chorizo, tocino, molo balls, embutido, longganisa, and meat balls.

Embutido and siomai were two of the meat products made by the participants.

The Altavas OFC group took up the said training based on the figures released by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics saying that meat consumption in the Philippines reached three million tons last 2015.

The OFC members of Altavas pose with OWWA RWO VI staff (from R-L) Mr. Sherwin Madayag, Family Welfare Officer, Mr. James B. Mendiola, Chief of Programs and Services Division, and Ms. Jean Jover, FWO.


OWWA IT Training Program Graduation Ceremony Batch 67

COTABATO CITY – Twenty Two (22) Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and dependents from the province of Maguindanao graduated in the Information Technology (IT) Training Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) last August 31, 2016 held at OWWA-ARMM Regional Welfare Office, Cotabato City.


IT Training Program is a computer literacy program which provides OFWs and their dependents training and access to technology intended to bridge the communication gap between the OFW and his/her family and allow them to communicate with each other through the Internet. The program also aims to upgrade their IT skills.


Among the courses offered in the program are Computer Fundamentals 1, Computer Fundamentals 2, Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) Fundamentals, Digital Media Fundamentals, Web Design Fundamentals, Word Processing Fundamentals, Presentation Fundamentals, Database Fundamentals, Spreadsheet Fundamentals, and Lenovo.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the IT Program opened career opportunities and equip OFWs and their dependents with needed skills in information technology especially with the advances today.


IT graduates expressed their sincere thanks to OWWA for having this kind of training program.

OWWA ARMM IT Instructor Moner M. Ali, Chief PSD Odin T. Abdula, Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo and OWWO III Uga L. Sulaiman with the Batch 67 IT Training Program Graduates.


OWWA, DSWD Strengthen Ties to Empower OFW Families

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have strengthened their partnership in their common goal to empower families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the country.


Through the DSWD-initiated project called “Strengthening and Empowerment of OFW Families towards Family Preservation,” the DSWD seeks to strengthen its ties with partner agencies, including the OWWA, to provide comprehensive psychosocial and development interventions in addressing the social costs of migration.


The project has been launched in Region 1, one of the three pilot areas in the country, on September 8, 2016 at the Sea and Sky Hotel, City of San Fernando, La Union. Part of the launching was the Memorandum of Agreement Signing to forge the commitment of partner agencies.


OWWA Regional Welfare Office I OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta, Jr. was one of the signatories in the agreement. “The OWWA is grateful that other government agencies now endeavor to help empower OFW families, whose welfares have long been upheld by OWWA as its official mandate,” OIC Dir. Borgueta remarked.


The OWWA RWOI has been part of the consultation series since 2015 for the project. As one of the regions with most number of OFWs, the Region 1 has been selected as pilot area for the project, along with Cebu City and Davao City. The project will be implemented in four barangays in La Union, namely Santiago Sur and Parian in the City of San Fernando; and Liaoc Sur and Al-alingao Norte in Naguilian town.


The project has eight components, which includes Social Case Management, Capability Building, and Financial Education and Family Values Seminar.


Another component is the Coordination and Networking, where government agencies will be tapped for a smooth delivery of programs and services to OFW families in the communities. “Inter-agency cooperation is important, so we should pull our acts together,” said Dir. Marcelo Nicomedes J. Castillo of DSWD Region 1.


Other government agencies involved in the project are the Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Provincial Government of La Union, LGU San Fernando, LGU Naguilian and other non-government organizations.

The officers and representatives of the various government agencies in Region 1, including the OWWA, attend the launching of the DSWD project called “Strengthening and Empowerment of OFW Families Toward Family Preservation” on September 8, 2016 in the City of San Fernando, La Union.
OWWA RWOI OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta, Jr. (leftmost) signs in the Memorandum of Agreement for the DSWD project called “Strengthening and Empowerment of OFW Families Toward Family Preservation” during its launching in Region 1 on September 8, 2016 in the City of San Fernando, La Union


OFW Leaders in Region 1 Learn on Technical-Writing

In their goal to lead their respective Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) groups more efficiently, OFW leaders in Region 1 have gathered for a training on technical-writing on September 6-7, 2016, at the Kultura Splash Wave, Pugo, La Union.


Facilitated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the training sought to update the skills and knowledge of the OFW leaders on technical-writing, which is essential in their official correspondence and communication to government officials, organizations, and to their fellow OFW groups, more commonly known as the OFW family Circles  (OFCs).


There were 56 OFW leaders who came in for the training, comprising of 15 each from Pangasinan and La Union; 12 from Ilocos Sur; and 14 from Ilocos Norte.


OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) tapped the expertise of English instructors from the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Mid La Union Campus, namely Ms. Kelly Grace S. Mendoza and Mr. Gerald O. Dumo.


Ms. Mendoza and Mr. Dumo discussed on the proper way of drafting business letters, such as solicitation letters, information letters, and request letters. They also imparted to the OFW leaders the effective way of drafting project proposals and resolutions.


The OFW leaders expressed their gratitude to the OWWA for empowering them yet again with new knowledge and skills. “Through effective communication and correspondence, OFCs could build stronger ties with partners, as we seek for possible funding and other technical support,” remarked Ms. Flordeliza Aceret, President of the Ilocos Norte OFW Federation.


“Effective written communication is also key for the OFCs to detail out their group’s goals and objectives,” said Mr. Gerardo C. Rimorin, OWWA RWOI OIC for Programs and Services.   


The OFW leaders were also welcomed by Pugo Mayor Priscilla M. Martin, along with the town’s migrant desk officer, Ms. Verina Lopez. As a welcome treat, the OFW leaders were brought to a sight-seeing tour to some tourist destinations in the municipality.

OFW leaders in Region 1 flash the Duterte pose, in reference to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s famous fist-showing stance, as they cap the training on technical-writing on September 6-7, 2016 in Pugo, La Union.
The leaders of various OFW Family Circles from Ilocos Norte.
The OFW leaders from the Province of Ilocos Sur.
The leaders of various OFCs from La Union.
The OFW leaders from the Province of Pangasinan.
The OFW leaders, along with the resource speakers and training facilitators from OWWA RWOI, are all smiles as they end the training of technical-writing on September 6-7, 2016 in Pugo, La Union.

OWWA9 houses One Stop Service Center for OFWs

ZAMBOANGA CITY, SEPT 14 - In response to the directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to streamline government services, the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO) for Region9 was successfully launched morning of September 9, under the leadership of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) along with fourteen (14) Government Agencies. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the representing Agencies as per directive of the President thru DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.


To house the said OSSCO and to beat the deadline for the launch, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Region 9 (OWWA9) headed by Regional Director Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain opened its doors for the influx of OFWs that will be coming from different provinces of Region IX.


Along with DOLE and OWWA,  other government agencies are also positioned inside the center and are as follows: Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA),  Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).


“The President’s directive is a welcome development not only to returning, outgoing OFWs and those who are still on the process of overseas employment but it also caters to the needs of our client public housed in one venue. Clients will not be going back and forth to different offices to get their respective documents especially those clients coming from far-flung provinces and neighboring islands who usually spend 3 days to a week in securing their documents due to distances of one office to the other. Now, with OSSCO, it can be done in one day depending on the requirements of the offices concerned and the client public. Personally, as the Regional Head of OWWA, I am honored and fortunate to extend a space to my colleagues in Government if only to serve the interest and welfare of our clientele,” said Director Jumdain in a recent interview.


The center is located at OWWA RWO9 on the 3rd floor of Goodwill Center, Mayor Jaldon Street, Canelar. Regular office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. You may also call (062) 991-2785 for inquiries and more details on the services offered by the Center.

Representing Mayor Beng Climaco is Councilor Josephine Pareja who is also the Chairman of the Committee on Labor  during the launch of the OSSCO. Together with her, the Chairman of OSSCO & DOLE9 Director Sisinio B. Cano, OWWA9 Director Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, DFA OIC Mashur Kunting, DOLE ARD Yahya Centi with POEA OIC Marietta Bellontindos during the Press Conference for OSSCO.
OWWA9 Director Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain on OWWA’s role and  participation in the OSSCO.
Mr. Ryan Jumdain of TIEZA orients stakeholders, members of the media and guests on services offered by TIEZA at the Center.
Heads of the 14 representing agencies during the launch and MOA signing of the OSSCO at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office 9.
Chairman of the Committee on Labor & Councilor Josephine Pareja, DOLE9 Director Sisinio B. Cano, OWWA9 Director Dr. Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain, DFA OIC Mashur Kunting sit at the presidential table during the Press Conference. The open forum was moderated by Mr. Dave Malcampo, Head of Philippine Information Agency IX.

OWWA RWO VI joins Iloilo Migration & Development Forum

As part of its aim to mainstream migration and development issues in local plans and investment programs at the provincial level, the Overseas Workers Welfare Regional Welfare Office (OWWO RWO) VI joined the Migration & Development Forum and Convergence Planning, which was conducted by the Iloilo Provincial Government and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) at the Grand Social Hall of Casa Real de Iloilo last September 14, 2016.


The one-day, live-out conference was attended by members from partner government agencies, municipal social welfare development offices, and OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the region.


The agendas discussed were the initiative status and plan for Migration & Development (M&D), implementation of the services and activities of the Migration and Development Desk, discussion of strategies for other M&D programs, and sharing of migration challenges and opportunities from several OFW entrepreneurs.


Mr. Reynold T. Pigar, OIC Director, discussed OWWA’s services, while Mr. James B. Mendiola, OIC of Programs and Services, gave the closing remarks.


The Migration and Development program is carried out with support from the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and the National Economic Development Authority, and is carried out via the United Nations Development Program.

Mr. James B. Mendiola, OIC of Programs and Services (center, in white shirt) gives a statement to the forum’s participants.



Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VIII  received a total of seventy-two Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) applications under its Reintegration Program for the period of February to May 2016.


The said program was intended to provide immediate relief to the returning OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to political/wars conflicts in host countries, or were victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking and  other distressful situations.


Forty-three percent (43%) of the total qualified applicants came from Leyte area, forty percent (40%) came from Southern and West Leyte and the remaining seventeen percent (17%)  where from Samar Area.


Ms. Heidi A. Hosillos Program In-Charge already distributed fifty-four (54) livelihood starter kits mostly consisted of agriculture related projects like: Rice Trading, Rice Production, Fish Trading and Hog Fattening. Others chose Beauty Care, E-loading, Dress Making, Refrigerator and Aircon Servicing and Carenderia starter kits.


To help the beneficiaries properly start and operate their chosen livelihood, the agency also provided a short-period training on entrepreneurial skills with business management in partnership of Department of Trade and Industry- Leyte.


Aside from the 72 beneficiaries abovementioned, a new batch of applicants consisting of 71 qualified beneficiaries of BPBH are already ready for fund request. The new applications were from the period of June-August 2016 only.


The program was implemented to realize the agency’s mission of developing and implementing responsive programs and services for the protection of the welfare of its members-OFW.

National Capital Region
Relief Assistance Program (RAP) for Affected OFWs in Saudi Arabia: RWO-NCR Releases Financial Assistance to Repatriated Workers and Affected Families

The Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) has begun releasing financial assistance to repatriated workers and families of affected Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) still at their jobsites under the Relief Assistance Program (RAP) for Affected OFWs in Saudi Arabia.


The crisis was brought about by the continuous drop of global oil prices which caused numerous construction and maintenance companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to downsize and/or declare bankruptcy. This affected 15,233 OFWs who have not yet received their salaries, end service benefits, and other benefits for varying amounts of time.


OFWs employed by the following companies are eligible for financial assistance:

1.    Saudi bin Laden Group of Companies (SBG);

2.    Saudi Oger, Ltd. (SOL);

3.    Mohammed al-Mojil Group (MMG);

4.    Mohammed Hameed Al-Bargash & Bros. Trading & Construction Co.;

5.    ALUMCO L.L.C.;

6.    Rajeh H. Al Merri Contracting & Trading Company;

7.    Fawzi Salah – Al Nairani Contracting Company;

8.    Arabtec Construction L.L.C.; and

9.    Real Estate Development and Investment Company.


Eligible repatriated workers shall receive the amount of PhP 26,000.00 upon presentation of the original copies of the following documents: accomplished application form; passport or travel document; and proof of unpaid salaries/benefits.


Eligible families of affected OFWs still at their jobsite shall receive the amount of PhP 6,000.00 upon presentation of the original copies of the following documents: accomplished application form; proof of relationship to OFW (original copy of birth certificate of OFW if OFW is single and original copy of marriage certificate if the OFW is married); and one valid government-issued ID with picture.


RAP applicants can also claim the said financial assistance at the regional office of OWWA nearest them. For inquiries, you may contact or visit the following regional offices:






2nd Floor, OWWA Center, F.B. Harrison cor. 7th St., Pasay City





No. 17 RM Bldg., Private Road, Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City 

Smart +63 999 994 9296

Globe +63 917 500 1294.

Region 1

2nd Flr., Kenny Plaza, Quezon Ave., City of San Fernando, La Union

9088634250; 9088634300;


Region 2

No. 13 Dalan na Pavvulurun, Reg’l, Gov’t. Ctr., Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City

9352330055; 9974033231; 9758878403; 9353868321;

916903398; 9351120238

Region 3

4th Flr., Ascorp Bldg., Dolores H-way, San Fernando City, Pampanga

09282171472; 09175100098

Region 4A

Penthouse 1-3, Penthouse Bldg., Chipeco Ave., Brgy. Halang, Calamba, Laguna

0917 628 9010,049 545 3746 , 049 502 2866

Region 4B

9th Flr., Marc 2000, Tower 1973, Taft Ave. cor. San Andres St., Malate, Manila

63915389-OWWA 9156350268, 6391538 96992

Region 5

3rd Flr., ANST Bldg., Washington Drive, Legaspi City, Albay

(052) 481-4503                               +63905-486-7306

Region 6

Robinsons Land Corporation, Level 3-156 to 164A cor. Quezon-De Leon St., Iloilo City

Smart  09195752060,                         Globe 09771071255


Region 7

2nd Flr. DOLE Bldg., Gorondo Ave. cor. Gen. Maxillom Ave., Cebu City

09178094754 & 09176249113

Region 8

Trece Martirez St. DOLE Compound, Tacloban City, Leyte

09292826413 / 09158928910

Region 9

3rd Flr., Goodwill Ctr., Mayor Jaldon St. Canelar, Zamboanga City

(062) 991-2785


Region 10

2nd Flr., Trinidad Bldg., Corrales Yacapin St., Cagayan de Oro City


Region 11

Doors 31 E-G, GB Cam Bldg., Monteverde St., Davao City

0917-7011135, 0917-7011126

Region 12

Ilao Bldg., Judge Alba St. Zone 3, Koronadal City

0917-5721303 / 0908 -8881303


2nd Flr., Mags Audio Accessories Bldg. 039, Quezon Ave., Cotabato City




Nimfa Tiu Bldg. II, J.P. Rosales Ave., Butuan City

Globe 0917-3150-90 / Smart 0939-9259-95


OWWA-RWO VI holds OFW family-centered workshop for Tubungan OFC members

In line with its efforts to organize Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families into self-reliant groups that would be included in local community development, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) VI held a one-day Training on Financial Literacy, Savings Mobilization, and Values Formation at the Community Learning Center in Tubungan, Iloilo last August 24, 2016.


Fifty-five (55) participants from twenty-nine (29) different OFW Family Circle (OFC) groups in Tubungan, Iloilo attended the said training which was conducted in partnership with the Office of the Municipal Mayor Vicente T. Gargaritano.


Jade Love Omapas, Overseas Worker Welfare Officer (OWWO) I, briefed participants on developing their values formation and savings mobilization skills by making them identify their “wants and needs” and using group savings to start a productive livelihood purpose.


On the other hand, Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) Remon Albueza and Sherwin Madayag discussed financial literacy skills by teaching them tips on wise financial management.


James Mendiola, Officer in Charge of the Programs and Services Division, delivered the opening message noting how many OFWs and their families often forget to plan for their futures.


“Our OFWs are driven by the need to look out for their families, but they also need to remember that they also have to set savings for their loved ones because a job does not last forever,” Mendiola said.

FWO Albeza (in yellow shirt) addresses the participants during the workshop.
The OWWA RWO VI staff with the Tubungan OFC members