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OWWA RWO 6 joins Guimbal Jobs Fair

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) 6 recently went to the Guimbal Central Elementary School to participate at the On-Campus Job Fair last April 2, 2017.


Sponsored by the Local Government Unit of Guimbal under 1st District Representative Oscar “Richard” Garin, the day-long event drew hundreds of jobseekers.


Other agencies that participated were the Department of Labor and Employment, Public Employment Service Office, and several local and foreign recruitment agencies.

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)


Davao City – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to intensify its campaign to afford full protection to children left behind by the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).


OWWA – RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido said that, the MOA will provide a strategic component to further enhance the campaign and coordination among government agencies to provide welfare assistance, prevention, and remedial mechanism against child abuse and exploitation, particularly on the children of OFWs. 


Pursuant to the joint agreement, a program launch will be held on March 30, 2017 at The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Obrero St., Davao City. A seminar for the Protection of Children Left Behind by the OFWS shall likewise be on stream to translate its provision on the same day. It aims to heighten awareness on the issues and problems concerning children left behind by the OFWs, identify appropriate intervention to ensure protection of children left behind, intensify child protection campaign on violence against children, and establish convergence program with OWWA, DSWD, DOJ and LGUs.


OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac and Deputy Administrator for Operations Brigido J. Dulay are among the honored guests of the event together with DOJ Regional Prosecutor Janet Grace B. Dalisay-Fabrero and DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat.


Some one-hundred thirty (130) participants from the government and non-government organizations and OFW Family Circles in Davao Region are expected to participate in the said activity.


Likewise, all OWWA Regional Directors including their Family Welfare Officers in Mindanao are directed to attend the seminar to replicate the same program in their respective areas.

OWWA CARE Program distributes P15M to 6k OFW, dependents in Ilocos Norte

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has distributed a total of P15, 249,000 to around 6, 378 on overseas Filipino workers and their dependents in Ilocos Norte, through the OWWA Cash Relief (OWWA CARE) Program.


The OWWA CARE Program is a one-time cash assistance to OFW-members and their dependents who have been directly affected by the super typhoon “Lawin” in Ilocos Norte, one of the provinces placed under Signal No. 5 when the typhoon hit the country late last year.


During the last tranche of processing and payout on March 13-28, 2017, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI) has reached out to 1,174 beneficiaries, who shared the amount of P2, 713,500 cash relief.


Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and Senior Board Matthew Marcos-Manotoc witnessed the processing on March 13, and took part in the ceremonial awarding of cash relief to select beneficiaries. The officials extended their gratitude to the OWWA for its commitment in promoting the welfares of OFWs and their families in Ilocos Norte.


Most of the beneficiaries have come from Batac City, Laoag City and the municipalities of Pasuquin, Pagudpud, Badoc, Pinili, Marcos and Currimao, which were among the hardly-hit areas when the typhoon struck.


The beneficiaries suffered various forms of damages from the typhoon, such as damaged houses and washed-out agricultural crops. Most of whom were residents in coastal and riverbank communities in Ilocos Norte.

A total of 6,378 OFWs and dependents in Ilocos Norte benefited from the OWWA CARE Program, which disbursed a total amount of P15,249,000. Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos and Board Member Matthew Marcos-Manotoc extended their gratitude to the OWWA for its help to their OFW constituencies.
The OWWA RWOI team headed by OIC Dir. Sergio B. Borgueta Jr. was in full force in facilitating the cash relief to beneficiaries in Ilocos Norte for the OWWA CARE Program, a one-time cash assistance to OFW-members and their dependents who have been directly affected by the super typhoon “Lawin”.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has distributed a total of P15, 249,000 to around 6, 378 on overseas Filipino workers and their dependents in Ilocos Norte, through the OWWA Cash Relief (OWWA CARE) Program.


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration conducted an Organizational Diagnosis (OD) to its three organizations in Western and Eastern Samar namely: San Fernando OFWs and Dependents Association (SFODA), Amandayehan OFWs and Beneficiaries Association (AMOBA) and Orasanon OFW and Family Members Association (OOFMA).


The OD was conducted last February 23, 2017 in Brgy. San Fernando and Brgy. Amandayehan, Basey, Samar and last March 16, 2017 in Oras, Eastern Samar.


The event was attended by twenty-three (23) and fifteen (15) from Brgy. San Fernando and Brgy. Amandayehan respectively and twenty-six (26) from Oras, Eastern Samar.


During the OD in SFODA, concerns such as monthly meetings of the organization, their constitution and by-laws and the inactivity of other members were discussed. It was agreed that the organization will hold its monthly meeting every first Saturday of the month and they intended to accomplish their Constitution and by-laws as soon as possible.


The organization also set activities for the first quarter including backyard/community gardening and are also planning to apply for the free IT Training offered by the agency. 


On the other hand the AMODA planned to have an orientation on Rabies Awareness and were also interested in availing the IT Training as part of their activities for the first semester.


Moreover, during the OD in Oras, Eastern Samar, OOFMA re-elected new set of officers for their organization, President: Vivian T. Borac, Vice-President: Daisy Susma, Secretary: Esmeralda Norombaba, Treasurer: Judy Menguillo, Auditor: Bernadette Adina, P.I.O.: Ladylyn Dulfo and Krisme Arca, Book-keeper: Abegail Maiso.


Family Welfare Officers Jenelyn P. Gacus and Jessabel A. Lucinario conducted said activities.

Miss Jessabel Lucinario facilitating the open forum during her OD in Eastern Samar
Photo op after the successful Organizational Diagnosis with Orasanon OFW and Family Members Association


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office VIII joined the second founding anniversary of Javier Overseas Workers and Beneficiaries Association (JAOWBA) and conducted Information Caravan on Membership Promotion and Reintegration Program last March 22, 2017 at the Municipal Gym of Javier Leyte. The event was participated by one hundred fifty-six (156) members of JAOWBA.


Family Welfare Officer Ms. Jessabel A. Lucinario explained the advantages and emphasized how beneficial it is to the OFWs and their beneficiaries if they are OWWA members. She also encouraged them to avail of the programs and services highlighting the reintegration program. Together with the OIC, Regional Director Ms. Mary Catherine O. Pastor they answered queries and concerns regarding death benefits and other OWWA programs during the open forum.


Ms. Catherine Doblon of National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) Region 8 also graced the occasion and conducted orientation on its programs and services.

The officers of JAOWBA with OIC, Regional Director Mary Catherine O. Pastor (center) FWO Jessabel Lucinario (4th from left) and Ms. Catherine Doblon, NRCO Regional Coordinator (4th from right)
Members of Javier Overseas Workers and Beneficiaries Association


Overseas Workers Welfare Administration –Regional Welfare Office VIII (OWWA RWO 8) conducted a series of Financial Literacy and Values Re-orientation to the different OFW Family Circles (OFCs) around the region. Family Welfare Officer Rodah A. Cerna conducted the seminars to Abuyog OFWs and Beneficiaries Association (AOBA), Cabalianon OFWs and Families Association (COFA) and to Tomas OPPUs OFWs and Families Association (TOOFA). The seminars were conducted last March 15, 16, 2 22, 2017 respectively and were attended by thirty (30) members from AOBA and COFA and thirty-two (32) members from TOOFA.


The same seminars were also conducted by Family Welfare Officer Jessabel A. Lucinario and Jenelyn P. Gacus to the OFCs in Eastern Samar and Western Samar. Miss Lucinario conducted the seminar last March 17, 2017 to Can-avid OFWs and Beneficiaries Association and Miss Gacus conducted the same to BL OFWs and Beneficiaries Organization and FERREDOC OFW Organization in Marabut, Samar.


The seminars were intended to help the family members of OFWs to be self-reliant and to help them maximize the resources that they receive from their family abroad and assisting them coped up with the changes that they will be facing and will continue to face whilst their loved-ones is working outside the country.


During the open forum, the Cabalianon OFWs and Families Association expressed their interest in putting-up an agri-business for their association. Abuyog OFWs and Beneficiaries on the other hand wished to have a techno-transfer training for their members and requested for an orientation about Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) – the enhanced loan facility of the agency.

Participants of the financial literacy seminar with FWO Jessabel Lucinario (seated right) and FWO Angelo Remandaban (seated left) after the conduct of the FLS and VRS
Participants attentively listening to one of the member sharing her ideas about financial literacy.


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII conducted a series of capability building training to registered OFW Family Circles (OFCs) of the Municipality of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat last March 20-24, 2017.


The week-long activity kicked-off with an OFC Formation Orientation to Three (3) newly formed OFW Youth Organizations in the area, namely: The BEST Youth Organization, Legeslinians OFW Youth Organization and Pioneer OFW Youth Organization. The orientation participated by more than Two Hundred students was made possible through the partnership of Public OFW Desk Office to various secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Lebak.

Officers of three newly formed OFW Youth Organizations with FWO Charles Kevin L. Bataga (leftmost), OIC-PSD Chief Christelyn R. Caceres (in blue), PODO Lebak Rusty J. Vilo (in white) & PODO staff Dexter Luminario (rightmost in pink).

Forty Five (45) selected OFC members from three OFW Youth Organizations also have undergone the Value Formation and Organizational Development Training Module I. The training is given to newly formed OFCs to ensure the continuity of developing camaraderie among its members.


"Masaya po ang maging parte ng organisasyong ito para maipakilala po namin ang aming mga sarili at maipakita kung gaano kami kaproud maging anak at kapatid ng mga OFWs. " said Jurkie Abas, OFC youth officer.


Furthermore, Value Formation and Organizational Development Training Module  II were also given to OFW Lebak Family Organization. This two-day training aims to engage OFC Members in meaningful and active explorations of one-self and strengthen interpersonal relationship among group members. It also sought to strengthen teamwork and confront issues facing the group in order to work together for effective and efficient attainment of organizational goals and objectives.

OFW members actively participate during the tower- building workshop.

The organization which was formed in 2012 is considered as one of the municipality’s partner in elevating the lives of Overseas Filipino Workers and their families in the area. They have been active in various charitable works advocating the preservation of Mother Nature and promoting the well-being of their co-OFWs.


Programs and Services Division Chief Christelyn R. Caceres believes that valuable capability building trainings must be constantly conducted to OFW Family Circles to motivate and thrust them to initiate worthwhile undertakings.


The Municipality of Lebak is one of the farthest Local Government Unit from the region’s metropolis, Koronadal City. But this did not stop the eagerness of OWWA XII employees to deliver the programs and services of the agency, all for our beloved modern heroes.


Mr. Rusty J. Vilo, Public OFW Desk Officer, extended his gratitude to the agency for its selfless dedication in serving the interest of OFWs. "Ito po ay patunay na ang ating gobyerno ay gumagawa ng paraan para maibigay ang nararapat na tulong at suporta sa pamilyang OFWs.",  he added.

The members of OFW Lebak Family Association together with staff from OWWA XII (in blue)


The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XII spearheaded series of worthwhile undertakings to honor the empowered women of our society today. The agency’s month-long celebration started off last March 08, 2017 held at One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCO), City Hall of Koronadal City.


Gender and Development Focal Person Jenny U. Umag said that activities for this year’s celebration are designed to promote all genders of the society. "Ang pangunahin nating kagustuhan ay maipakita ang ating pagmamalaki sa mga kababaihan at syempre maisabuhay an gating theme na "We Make Work Change Work for Women" ", she added.


One of the meaningful activities after the kick-off is the Adopt-A-Center for a Day Program last March 17, 2017 at House of Shilloh in General Santos City. OWWA employees were given a chance to be with homeless children of General Santos City.

OWWO III Kristine Marie H. Sison carefully feeding the children at House of Shilloh

The OWWA XII employees also had a Team-Building Activity at London Beach Resort, General Santos City last March 18, 2017. According to Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero, employees must be given some time to bond with one another to further strengthen the spirit of friendship and camaraderie among them.

OWWA XII employees after the Teambuilding Activity.

Moreover, the Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development was held last March 23, 2017 at OWWA XII Training Hall, Koronadal City. The activity was participated by Twenty Seven (27) distressed OFWs identified by BPBH Program Manager Ellen Jay B. Sales.


The stress debriefing activity was facilitated by Ten (10) Social Workers from DSWD XII. This aims to help the distressed OFWs recover from the unfriendly experience they had while working abroad.


The National Women’s Month celebration of OWWA XII ended with a Blood Donation Activity in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross – South Cotabato Chapter last March 27, 2017 held at OWWA XII Training Hall.


Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero extends her salutation to all dedicated and empowered women OFWs worldwide for their selfless sacrifice for their families.

GAD Focal Person Jenny U. Umag (2nd from left), OIC Marlyn E. Jamero (7th from left), OIC-PSD Chief Christelyn R. Caceres (5th from right) with other OWWA employees and staff from Philippine Red Cross (in red) after the Blood Donation Activity.


OWWA Region 1 caps 2017 National Women's Month Celeb

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 1 (OWWA RWOI) has capped the celebration of the 2017 National Women’s Month, as it has conducted series of activities for the whole month of March.


The OWWA RWOI has given out tokens and freebies to female clients who came to the office to do transactions such as renewal of OWWA membership and availment of programs and services. More than 250 female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and OFW dependents received umbrellas, bags, fans, travel pillows, tumblers and other items on March 1 to 17.


Selected leaders of various OFW family circles (OFCs) in Region 1 were also invited to a lecture on the updates of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Law or the Republic Act 9262, by Atty. Maribel C. Uminga of the Department of Justice Region 1, on March 27, 2017.


Around 100 female OFW and OFW dependents were also treated to pampering services such as manicure, pedicure, massage, and footspa on March 30, 2017. The OWWA RWOI has partnered with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 1 in providing these wellness services to the OFWs and families.


Earlier this month, a woman OFW leader from La Union, Ms. Edna B. Valdez, was recognized during the “Parangal sa mga Natatanging Kababaihan” at the PICC, Pasay City, for her invaluable contributions and service as woman leader in her community. Around 18 woman leaders from different regions were recognized in the ceremony, which was in celebration of the International Women’s Day on March 8.

Female OFWs who transacted with OWWA RWOI on March 1-17, 2017 received tokens and freebies, in celebration of the 2017 National Women’s Month.
Leaders of various OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in Region sit to lecture on the updates of the Anti-Violence and Women and Children Law, or the RA 9262, by Atty. Maribel C. Uminga, on March 27, 2017 at the OWWA RWOI Training Room, City of San Fernando, La Union.
Women OFWs and dependents were treated to different pampering services by the OWWA RWOI as part of the celebration of the 2017 National Women’s Month. The services offered were foot spa, manicure, pedicure and massage.