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OWWA Administrator Cacdac joins OFW Family Day in Davao del Sur

Davao del Sur – The newly appointed Administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, graced the 2nd OFW Family Day celebration in Davao del Sur last November 27, 2016 at the Crisbelle Crown Center, Digos City. Along with the theme: “Matatag na Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pagbabago”, the event was attended by more than eight hundred (800) OFWs and their families from the different municipalities of Davao del Sur.


This year’s celebration started with a Eucharistic mass at the Mary Mediatrix Cathedral attended by the members of the OFW Family Circles from Digos City, Sta. Cruz, Kiblawan, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Padada, Sulop and Matanao, Davao del Sur.


Representatives from the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Digos Branch provided the participants with a Financial Literacy before the start of the program to equip them with the right information about savings and investment.


In line with its familympics concept, participating OFW Family Circles (OFCs) wore their respective T-shirts. Each OFC has representatives to join the different parlor games such as ball relay, basketball and bowling using plastic balls and baskets, and bring me game for the children.


Just like in the Olympics, a lighting of the torch was done as a symbol of sportsmanship led by OFC Federation President Longinos Espina and his wife. Likewise, each participating OFC has representatives who joined in the Search for the Best National Costume. OFCs from Digos, Padada, Kiblawan, Sulop, Bansalan and Sta. Cruz were vying for the title and showed their skills and talents in dancing and singing.  Contestants from Sta. Cruz OFW Family Circle won the title and received P2,000.00 in cash.


One of the highlights of the program was the “Kumustahan” via Skype. With this initiative, OFWs from Japan and Oman were given the chance to talk to their family live during the event. All participants witnessed their happiness and emotional conversation since it was displayed in a wide-screen monitor.


Some food and handicraft products of the OFCs were showcased at the exhibit area while other participants availed of the free haircut courtesy of Digos DACORP hairdressers.


The most awaited part of the program was the raffle of prizes wherein various appliances, Nochebuena packs, and cash prizes were given away to the lucky winners. Likewise, all children received loot bags full of toys and candies.


To make the event more lively and exciting, all participants and guests were encouraged to participate in the Zumba session as part of the program.


Meanwhile, in his message, Admin. Cacdac expressed his great appreciation to all the members of the OFW Family Circles who actively support all the programs and activities of OWWA. He encouraged all the OFW families to give importance to all the hardworks and sacrifices of our OFWs. “Always remember that the family is the most important remittance of an OFW. Gusto rin naming ipadama sa inyo na ang OWWA ay nagmamalasakit at handang tumulong sa mga OFWs at kanilang mga pamilya”, the Administrator said. He added that, all programs and services of OWWA will be effectively delivered to the OFWs and their families in 2017. “Hindi namin bibitawan ang aming commitment na kayo ay handugan ng pagmamalasakit at maayos na serbisyo sa mga darating na taon.”, he ended.


The presence of Admin. Cacdac during the OFW Family Day in Davao del Sur has inspired and gave hope to all the OFW returnees and their families. OWWA XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido, on the other hand, was pleased to announce that OFWs and their families from the other part of the region will experience the same fun and excitement. The event was the first of the nine (9) celebrations in Region XI.

The Honorable Administrator, Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac in his inspirational message during the event.
Lighting of the torch led by OFC Federation President Longinos Espina and his wife.
Kumustahan via Skype. In teary eyes, an OFW in Japan was able to talk to her parents live during the event.


OWWA-ARMM scholars convened in the 2016 Scholars' Congress

COTABATO CITY – A total of fifty (50) OWWA scholars attended and actively participated in the 2016 Scholars’ Congress spearheaded by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM)   held at EM Manor Hotel and Convention Center on December 21-22, 2016.


The 2-day event officially started with OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo’s opening remarks and was followed by an inspirational message conveyed by the DOLE-ARMM Regional Secretary Muslimin A. Jakilan.


Scholars’ congress was conducted as an avowal of the agency’s commitment to assist its scholars, not only in providing financial assistance, but also in the promotion of their holistic development as individuals.


Director Crisostomo also encouraged the scholars to graduate with flying colors and make their parents and OWWA proud.


In their first day, the scholars were given a chance to introduce themselves and their best traits. One of the scholars compared his best trait as water because just like water, whatever circumstances given to him, he will always find a way to solve it.


During the workshops, Senior Program Officer of The Asia Foundation, Ms. Noriada S. Chio talked about how to understand the conflict and peace in Mindanao. She challenged the scholars to be a peace advocate and promote peace in their family and community.


Meanwhile, the second speaker, Ms. Margie D. Fiesta, Guidance Director of MSU Maguindanao shared key points on personality development and career guidance.


A re-orientation of the scholarship programs and scholars agreement was facilitated by OWWO III Bailejanie D. Vidal. The said re-orientation was conducted to instill anew to the students the obligations and responsibilities they have as an OWWA scholar. She also reminded the scholars to submit the requirements needed to process their tuition fees and allowance balances on time to avoid setbacks. She also discussed the grounds for termination, suspension and reinstatement.


As the conference comes to an end, the scholars were grouped into five and had their group presentations. One of the groups gave meaning to each letter of “OWWA SALAMAT PO”.


O Organisasyong nagbibigay oportunidad,


WWalang sawang nagbibigay ng ating hangad,


WWastong serbisyo sa realidad,


AAksyon nila ay laging sagad.


SSinamahan kami sa hirap at ginhawa,


AAlagay parang isang tunay na pamilya,


LLaging nandiyan sa kahit anong problema,


AAgapay ay laging pinapadama.


MMalasakit sa aming mga skolar ay sagad na,


AAtensyon sa amin at pamilya pinagsasapat pa,


TTunay kayong miyembro ng OWWA na mahal naming talaga.


PPatutunayan naming magtatagumpay kami sa inyo,


OOWWA maraming salamat po!


Spearheaded by Director Crisostomo, Chief PSD Abdula, and Welfare Officer III Hamid K. Chio, OWWA-ARMM awarded certificates of attendance to the scholars in appreciation to their active participation during the conduct of the congress.


JazakAllahu Khayran Katheeran to all the people behind OWWA-ARMM for their meritorious service in promoting and protecting the general welfare of all (OFWs/families). I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all my fellow scholars for being so kind to me. Insha-Allah we'll meet again and let's continue the happy memories that we'd started. Let's study well and keep up the good work”, expressed an ODSP scholar, King Alizon M. Camral, a Political Science Student of the University of Southern Mindanao.


“This will be a great challenge for me to keep up the work, remain as a simple & humble person. I am a proud OWWA-ARMM scholar.”


Scholars who attended the activity were under the OWWA scholarship programs of Congressional Migrant Workers Scholarship Program (CMWSP) and the OFW-Dependents Scholarship Program (ODSP).


(Big smiles from the scholars with Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo and OWWA staff.)

OWWA-ARMM in partnership with DTI-XII Negosyo Center conducts Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT)

COTABATO CITY – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry XII through Negosyo Center, Cotabato City conducted a 2-day Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training (EEDT) last December 27-28, 2016 at DTI XII – Negosyo Center, Cotabato City.


EEDT is the business development intervention of OWWA for OFWs who intend to venture into micro, small and medium enterprises. It includes business planning and project-specific skills orientation to equip OFWs with the necessary knowledge and skills in pursuing their intended business.


A total of twenty five (25) OFWs/families attended and actively participated during the conduct of the said training. They may avail of the loan amounting to Php 100,000.00 up to 2 Million Pesos under the OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

1,500 OFWs and dependents joined OFW Family Day in Davao City

Davao City – Closed to 1,500 OFWs and dependents (landbased and seabased) joined the annual celebration of OFW Family Day in Davao last December 11, 2016 at the Davao City Recreation Center (formerly Almendras Gym), Quezon Boulevard, Poblacion District, Davao City. With this year’s theme: Matatag na Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pagbabago, the event aims to gather OFWs and their families to spend quality time with their loved ones amid the backdrop of fun and wholesome entertainment during the holiday season.


This year’s event was drawn into familympics type of activity wherein each OFW Family Circle has representatives to play different parlor games and larong pinoy. Among the games include; thread and needle relay, pass the ball, basketball and bowling using stress balls and plastic baskets. Through the games, participants from the different barangays in Davao City were able to interact with each other and develop camaraderie. 


To make the event more meaningful, free services were offered for the duration of the program such as; medical check-up courtesy of Dr. Laguit’s Clinic, eye check-up from Dr. Hailmarie Lanohan, and body massage, manicure/pedicure and haircut rendered by the therapists and beauticians of Arlyn L. Basquez Salon.


Government agencies like POEA, Pag-IBIG Fund, Philhealth, SSS, DTI, and DSWD provided information on its various programs and services. Participants with concerns and queries on the said agencies were addressed during the event.


Handicrafts and food products of the different OFW Family Circles were likewise displayed at the exhibit area.


The crowd was entertained by home grown comedians and talents. ODSP scholars likewise performed an amazing production number.


The most awaited part of the program was the raffle of prizes which include flat screen TV, Rody Project watch, cash prizes and various appliances as major prizes courtesy of this year’s corporate partners. Freebies and gift items were also given to all early birds.


A video Christmas message from the City Mayor, Hon. Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio graced the event while Hon. Councilor Antoinette G. Principe – Castrodes, Chairperson for Migrant Affairs, gave her message to the OFWs and their families which was delivered by her representative, Mr. Gary Angelo Medina.


Other honored guest who inspired the participants was DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao represented by Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jason P. Balais. In his message, he gave emphasis on the reintegration programs implemented by the agency which help the OFW returnees in coping with the changes in our society and help them remain optimistic despite all adversities that they encounter.


OWWA-RWO XI Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido, on the other hand, read the message of the Honorable Administrator, Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac. “Hangad naming sa ilang oras nating pakikisaya sa inyo, ang makitang kayo ay nagkakaisa at magkakapiling. Ito ay isang palatandaan ng matatag na pamilyang OFWs na bahagi ng isang matatag na bansa.” Admin’s message.


The celebration of OFW Family Day in Davao City is one of the nine (9) celebrations throughout Region XI. Since its inception, the region is now on its 3rd year of celebrating the event in the four provinces of Davao Region. Dir. Bellido said that, the initiative was conceptualized to let the OFWs and their families from the four provinces experience the fun and excitement without leaving the comfort of their homes.


This year’s event was made possible through the sponsorship of the following social partners: Land bank of the Philippines, Pag-IBIG Fund, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Paramount Life and General Insurance, Philhealth XI, Banco de Oro, Philam Life, DMMA College of Southern Phils., Pascual Consumer Healthcare Corp., RD Pawnshop, Zest O Corp., Monde – Nissin Corp., Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, AXA Philippines. and 1 Forever Freedom.

OWWA RWO III Celebrates Family Day in Bataan

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office III (OWWA RWO III) celebrated family day with the Bataan OFC Federation at Vista Mall, Balanga City, Bataan on December 9, 2016.


Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Bataan Provincial Manager Melchor Cui welcomed the participants whole-heartedly for the success of the event. OWWA RWO III Regional Director Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes, in behalf of Chief Hans Leo Cacdac of OWWA, extended the agencies gratitude to all the OFCs celebrating the family day on their respective provinces. Director Reyes also thanked the provincial and municipal PESO for their cooperation and help with the OFC.


The OFC officers of the different municipalities of Bataan and some of the OWWA Scholars had their oath taking which was administered by Director Malou Reyes, DOLE Bataan Provincial head Leilani Reynoso and PESO Provincial Manager Melchor Cui.


The contestants for the “Mrs OFW 2017” were also presented to the public in preparation of the coronation on March 2017. It was followed by the Cultural Dance Contest per town wherein the winners are Hermosa OFC for third place, Limay OFC for second place and Abucay OFC won first place in the cultural dance presentation.


The celebration was also graced with the presence of ACTS OFW Party list representative Hon. John Bertiz.

Polomolok OFW Associations celebrates Localized OFW Family Day

KORONADAL CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office XII graced the localized OFW Family Day in the Municipality of Polomolok last December 17, 2016.  The activity was participated by one hundred twenty five (125) OFWs and dependents. The said event was spearheaded by the Public OFW Desk Officer (PODO) Ms. Ma. Lourdes E. Hormigos.


The event was highlighted by the induction of the OFC Officers by Officer-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero. It was a fun activity filled with excitement as the OFCs showcased their talents thru various presentations.

Municipal Councilor Allan M. Ines delivering his inspirational message.

Municipal Councilor Honorable Allan M. Ines as he deliver his inspirational Message: “Talagang Mapalad tayo dito sa ating munisipyo dahil tayo ay parating na-aabot ng bawat programa at serbisyo ng ating gobyerno, kami po ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat sa ating OWWA sa pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng ating mga OFWs, sana po ay patuloy ang ating ugnayan kasama ng ating local government at ang bawat asosasyon ng mga OFWs sa pag sulong ng kapakanan ng ating mga mahal na OFWs.”


The celebration of the OFW Family Day every December of the year is one way of showing the appreciation to our OFWs who sacrificed to be away from their loved ones in order to provide for their needs as well as contribute to our country’s economy.


Officer-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero greeted the participants of the event with “Kahit saang panig ng mundo ang OWWA ay laging maaasahan”, She presented the various programs and services of the agency She also emphasized the importance of being an active OWWA member.  Saying “Sa OWWA, ang myembro protektado! ”.


This activity aims to develop camaraderie between the government and the OFWs and their families making them feel that all of their sacrifices are being acknowledged.

Office-In-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero  during the Induction of OFC Officers.
OIC Marlyn E. Jamero reading the Administrator’s Message.
Dependents of Silway 7 OFW Family Association on their dance number

OWWA-RWO VI allies with Atikha for Financial and Income Management Seminar

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI, in partnership with the Atikha Overseas Workers & Training Communities Initiative, Inc., conducted a Seminar on Financial and Income Management at the ISMDO Training Room of the Iloilo Sports Complex, Iloilo City last December 7, 2016.


Attended by about fifty-six (56) participants from OFW families, the one-day seminar aimed at teaching them the benefits of financial planning, saving, and investing that will contribute to the long-term development of their families and communities.


The trainees were then encouraged to demonstrate the concepts they learned during the afternoon session.


OWWA and Atikha is also involved with a project assisted by the United Nations called “Coming Home: Reintegration Program for Domestic Workers from the Philippines” earlier this year.

OWWA RWO VI conducts youth leadership workshop for scholars

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI recently conducted its annual Learning Support Mechanism activity for scholars called “Developing Youth Leaders” last December 10, 2016.


Twenty-two (22) scholars from the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP), OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP), and Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) attended the said activity at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.


Atty. Jose Donel Trasporto served as the resource speaker of the event, where he discussed topics that dealt with describing the characteristics of effective leaders and discussing the role of the youth in nation-building.

OWWA scholars pose with Ms. Jade Love Omapas (leftmost), Overseas Workers Welfare Officer I, and Atty. Jose Donel Trasporto (center)

OWWA RWO VI doles out early Christmas treat for OFWs in OFW Family Day

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWA RWO) VI, in its aim of recognizing the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in the region, held the 2016 OFW Family Day celebrations last December.


692 people and 1,078 participants attended the celebrations in Iloilo City and Bacolod City, respectively. 


The activities that rounded up the celebration were a short talk on family values and financial management, special performances from several local OFC members, and the raffle draws where prizes like grocery packs, rice sacks, washing machines, and other appliances and gifts were handed out to the lucky winners.

(Top): OFW Family Day at Bacolod City; Mr. Reynold T. Pigar (left), Officer-In-Charge, and Mr. James B. Mendiola, Supervising and Administrative Officer, poses with one of the raffle draw winners.



Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office VIII released a total of 38livelihood starterkitsin its Balik-Pinas, BalikHanapbuhayProgram (BPBH) beneficiaries all over the region.This program is part of OWWA’s Reintegration Program for the distressed OFWs who were repatriated due to political conflicts in host countries, wars and other distressful situation.


The Regional Welfare Office VIII received a total of 74applications from June up to September 2016.


Qualified beneficiaries of the said program were given a starter kit worth Php10,000.00 and can choosefrom these livelihood projects: Health and Wellness (massage, cosmetology, spa, reflexology), House Repairs, (plumbing, welding, electrical servicing, appliance repair), Food Processing (native snack preparation and other food and beverage preparation), Personal Accessories Repair &Maintenance, Handicraft, Priority goods under One-Town-One-Products scheme and Agriculture-related projects.


Before these livelihood starter kits were released, OWWA RWO VIII see to it that the beneficiaries have the necessary social preparationsand gave them a one-day Entrepreneurial Development Training to aid with business planning and enhanced their business management skills. The training was conducted into three different batches last November 9, 10 and 11, 2016 through the help of the Department of Trade and Industry-Province of Leyte.


This year a total of 182Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhayapplications were received by the Regional Welfare Office VIII and 131 starter kits were already released.


OWWA  continues to implements responsive program that will help uplift the welfare and interest of every OFWs.