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Cordillera Administrative Region

May 2, 2017 marked the 35th Anniversary of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the primary Agency which provides welfare assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers and their families. OWWA celebrated with the theme “We Serve! We Care!”, in line with  its trademark as a ‘caring agency for OFWs and their families’, a trademark earned through long years of hard work, industry, dedication, and commitment to serve its client OFWs at all times in all corners of the country and the world.  The trademark is a product of long years of ‘rigid training’ and unwritten and true commitment’ to service, the ‘driving force’ that motivates OWWA personnel to render ‘extra miles’ to be of assistance to our OFWs and their families.


The Regional Welfare Office-Cordillera Administrative Region had a simple celebration by giving simple treats to walk-in client OFWs and/ or family members through quality service, sweet smile, and they were served with hot coffee, biscuits, and/or candies.  The partner agencies were also treated to a simple dinner and with simple token of appreciation for their unending support of providing services to OFWs.  Greetings were given by the partner agencies during the program.


In addition, a commendation was awarded to Ms. Dina C. Ponciano, OWWO III of RWO CAR in courageously serving OFW clients even beyond the call of duty during her stint as Administrative Staff in Kuwait involving an attempted abduction of distressed OFW Lolita P.  Eroy.  The incident happened in July 2015 when  Ms. Ponciano put her life on the line just to protect the said OFW which is a proof of her devotion to duty and commitment to public service.

Cordillera Administrative Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Cordillera Administrative Region (OWWA-CAR) participated in the 115th nationwide Labor Day Celebration on May 1, 2017 spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) and the Public Employment Office of the City of Baguio. In line with this year’s theme, “Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan”, a Job and Business Fairs were conducted at the Baguio Convention Center where service clinics of the different government agencies, including OWWA-CAR, were opened to cater to the needs and inquiries of jobseekers.


The jobseekers were likewise treated with a health and wellness center which offered free massage and manicure and pedicure, and free overseas call for OFWs at the Baguio Convention Center. Two hundred three (203) OFWs who are interested in putting up their own business attended business counseling sessions conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry-CAR upon the invitation of OWWA-CAR through the OFW Family Circles (OFCs).


Some of the OWWA-CAR assisted OFW Family Circles in Baguio-Benguet also joined the livelihood fair for Cordillera products which was held simultaneously at the Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road, Baguio City.


OWWA-CAR staff took turned in serving the jobseekers and OFWs who wish to work abroad by presenting the OWWA programs and services which they could avail of should they become member or renew their OWWA membership.

2017 Summer Youth Camp prepares OWWA scholars to brave the world

The scholars of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) have prepared to take on the challenges of the real world, and they commit to be determined, dependable and strong-willed individuals as they move on to greater heights in life.


These are the attitudes instilled to the overseas Filipino workers’ (OFWs) dependents during the first-ever OWWA Summer Youth Camp on May 5-7, 2017 at the Narciso Ramos Sports Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan.


Around 130 scholars of the OWWA RWOI attended in the activity, which took off from the theme “Survival: a training on Braving the Competitive and Changing World.”


OWWA RWOI Labor Communications Officer Justin Paul D. Marbella served as the speaker for the three-day training, which involved lectures, games, and outdoor activities.


The scholars learned on topics such as “Man as a Competitive and Compassionate Being,” “Self-Awareness,” and “Gratitude is the Attitude.” They also have tried their hands on Do-it-Yourself Tie-Dye T-shirt Making, which did not only bring out their creativity, but also taught them lessons on de-construction.


The scholars also battled it out in a team-building game ala “Amazing Race” where the scholars engaged in various challenges and drills that tested out their endurance, speed and wit.


The 2017 Summer Youth was held in partnership with the Provincial Government of Pangasinan.

OWWA RWOI Labor Communications Officer serves as the Learning Service Provider during the 2017 Summer Youth Camp among OWWA RWOI scholars. The scholars intently listened to various sessions titled as “Competition”, “Compassion”, “De(construction)”, “(De)Congestion”, Commendation, and Congratulation(s).
The scholars enjoyed in the Amazing Race, which tested out their endurance, speed, and wit. They also wore their team colors, with shirts made of DIY Tie-Dye.
As part of the learning sessions, the scholars were also made to write down their biggest fears and posted them on the wall. The activity taught the scholars to come face to face to their hurdles, and turn these into a force that will drive them to success. The scholars were also made to list down all their successes, happiness and achievements in colorful pieces of paper, to remind them that life is more colorful when one focuses on the successes, than on failures.
The Scholars also converged in peer groups, in a session that aimed to develop the scholars as passionate listeners. Some of the scholars shared their life stories, and their fellow scholars intently listened on.
Scholars from Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan attended in the three-day Summer Youth Camp 2017.
The activity was held in partnership with the Provincia Government of Pangasinan. The OWWA extended its gratitude to Gov. Amado “Pogi” Espino III, through Mr. Alex Ferrer, Pangasinan PESO Manager, for their unwavering support to the activities of OWWA.

OWWA Region 1 personnel learn on basic earthquake preparedness

The officers and staff of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI) set on a basic lecture and orientation on earthquake preparedness on May 8, 2017 as part of its activities on emergency planning. 


Mr. Freddie C. Evangelista and Ms. Schezelle Kriska Janica O. Doctolero of the Office of Civil Defense Regional Office I (OCD R1) served as learning service providers for the basic orientation.


They discussed on the procedures in conducting an earthquake drill, along with other vital information in preparing for any unforeseen natural disasters.


The lecture revealed the Phivolcs report that of the top 10 provinces which are at risk to earthquakes, La Union and Pangasinan rank second and fourth, respectively.


The OCD officers also identified the earthquake exit in the OWWA RWOI office. They also commited to extend assistance in creating disaster management council of the OWWA RWOI.

The officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI sat on a basic lecture and orientation on earthquake preparedness on May 8, 2017.

News: OWWA @ 35
National Capital Region
OWWA @ 35

With the theme “We Serve, We Care. 35 Years of Helping OFWs and Their Families”, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) joined the celebration of the 35th founding anniversary of OWWA at Palacio de Maynila on 2 May 2017.


The celebration started with a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Anton Cecilio T. Pascual at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica. His homily centered on the importance of the welfare of the OFWs. “Para saan at kanino ka nagtratrabaho? Dapat nagtratrabaho ka para sa welfare ng mga kababayan nating OFW at sa mga pamilya nila,” Rev. Fr. Pascual said.

From L to R: OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac delivering his anniversary message and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III congratulating OWWA for its 35th anniversary.

The daylong celebration continued later in the afternoon at the Palacio de Maynila. In his Anniversary Message, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac congratulated all the employees and wished everyone good health, sound mind and body. He also said that “OWWA is not just an infrastructure but is a community of people working together with a common and united goal and aspiration to make the lives of our OFWs and their families easier and to make their experience, to and from overseas employment, a “worthy journey”.


Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III also graced the event. In his congratulatory speech Sec. Bello said that OWWA should always prioritize the welfare of the OFWs, “OWWA was born for our OFWs kaya sila ang dapat nating alagaan. Even in our own inconvenience and expense let us see to it that the people whom this organization was created for, ang dapat nating bigyang prayoridad. Walang ibang dapat isipin kung di ang kalagayan at welfare ng ating mga OFWs.” He also encouraged everyone to help each other out, “Let us work together and help each other do our mandate for our clientele, the OFWs.”

From L to R: Ms. Angelita Lacson together with Admin Hans Leo Cacdac and Sec. Bello receiving her trophy for serving OWWA for 30 years and Ms. Alice Lim together with Admin Hans Leo Cacdac and Sec. Bello receiving her trophy for serving OWWA for 35 years.

Some of the employees who served for more than 15 years in the agency were awarded for their loyalty in the service. RWO-NCR employees’ Angelita Lacson of the Welfare and Assistance Unit and Gloria Taule, Unit Head of OWWA NCR’s satellite office at POEA, were awarded for their 30 years in service, as well as Administrative and Finance Division Officer-in-charge - Chief Alice Lim, who served the agency for 35 years.


The celebration was capped off with performances from Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), OWWA Band and Selection Band.

Program Services Division Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, Administrative and Finance Division Officer-in-charge - Chief Alice Lim, Reintegration Unit Head Zandro Almendrala and Training Program Manager Eduardo Y. Mendoza Jr. together with the employees from RWO-NCR.

National Capital Region

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) set-up a help desk during the 2017 Labor Day Jobs Fair held on 1 May 2017 at SM Muntinlupa to promote OWWA’s programs and services as well as to assist the OFWs and their families.


The Jobs Fair was conducted by the Local Government of Muntinlupa with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) as the lead unit in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), BRS Asia Pacific, and SM Supermalls. Around 90 private companies participated in the said jobs fair and out of the thousands that applied, 379 successful applicants were hired on the spot.


According to RWO-NCR Family Welfare Officer (FWO) Erlene Umali, most of the clients are dependents of OFWs who are interested in availing the programs and services of OWWA. “Karamihan ng lumalapit sa amin ang mga asawa at anak ng OFWs na nagtatanong kung anong mga benefits at services ang pwede nilang makuha sa OWWA. Pinapaliwanag ko sa kanila kung anong programa ang available para sa mga qualified o active member ng OWWA.” There were also queries from people who are planning to work abroad.


Ms. Umali felt happy to share to the clients the programs and services of OWWA. “Masaya sa pakiramdam na madami akong natulungang OFW at dependents nila kahit sa  pagsagot lang sa mga tanong nila. At least ngayon, informed na sila kung sino at ano si OWWA at napapaalam natin sa kanila kung ano yung mga programa at serbisyo na pwede nilang i-avail.”


Information Technology I Larry Ticman thanked all the government agencies present for their help, “Maraming salamat sa mga government agencies na nandito at tumutulong sa ating jobs fair ngayon, sa DOLE-NCR, OWWA, SSS at Pag-ibig. Malaking tulong ang presensya ninyo dito ngayon at nasasagot agad ang mga katanungan ng ating mga kakabayan.”

From L to R: Brochures of different OWWA programs and services and the directory of the regional offices were readily available to be given to OFWs and their families and thousands of job seekers attended the jobs fair.
From L to R: PESO Muntinlupa Information Technology I Larry Ticman, RWO-NCR FWO Erlene Umali, PESO Muntinlupa Manager Glenda Anino and PESO Muntinlupa Supervising Administrative Officer Maura Marfil pose together after a successful jobs fair

Region III Hosted the Luzon Consultation on Enhancing the Reintegration Programme for OFWs Conference

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Organization (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) conducted the consultation among the Luzon cluster and stakeholders last April 27, 2017 at the Quest Hotel Clarkfield, Pampanga.


The conference, in relation to the migration and development, and crisis management frameworks was attended by the OFC leaders, OFW representatives from CAR, Regions I, II, II, IVA and V, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Trade and Industry, PhilHealth, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce.


DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana C. Dione welcomed the participants and Mr. Ricarco R. Casco, National Programme Officer of IOM Philippines delivered his opening remarks on the objectives of the program. “This is in line with the current administration’s effort to encourage OFWs to stay in the Philippines for good,” Casco said.


OWWA Director II of ROCS Mr. Benny I. Reyes and OWWA RWO III Director II Ma. Lourdes V. Reyes discussed the Programme and Structure of the Current National Reintegration Policy. The representative from NEDA talked about the General Economic Outlook in the Island and Philippine Development Plan while NRCO conferred on the Summary of Issues and Action Points from Sectoral Consultations.


Consultation sessions on Reintegration Opportunity, Policy and Programme Reforms & Service Systems Delivery Improvement and Competitive Program Commitments on Reintegration were tackled after the discussions on the State of Affairs of Reintegration in the Island. The activity ended with the Validation Session of National Reintegration Summit Declaration.

OWWA RWO III Joins Labor Day Jobs and Business Fair

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office III (OWWA RWO III) joined the Labor Day celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office III (DOLE RO III) on May 01, 2017 with the theme, “Job and Business Fair - Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago”.


The Labor Day Job and Business Fair aimed to help job seekers explore for themselves career opportunities either for local and overseas employment within a variety of companies.  The activity also provided the opportunity for clients who wish to engage into business to avail of livelihood services from agencies.  The event was graced by the convergence of the private organizations, the local and national government Units (LGUs) and agencies.


OWWA RWO III held its reintegration caravan alongside the Labor Day job fair and featured successful OFWs and OFW Family Circles in Central Luzon thru an audio-visual presentation. Walk-in OFWs and their families who visited the booth were given appropriate assistance on their concerns.


Similar booths were also set up at SM City Clark, Pampanga, Metro Town Mall, Tarlac, and Ayala Harbor Point in Olongapo City.

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 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 relationship among them, 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 used to be the standard skill set for most business operations.


Computer literacy has 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 computer 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, and one can be sure that their presence is to become updated and more in the present.  Thus, gaining computer literacy helps one to prepare for the future.


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

OWWA Conducts Self-Assessment and Personality Development with Learning Session on Children's 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 with learning session on children’s protection to twenty four (24) 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 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.


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.


(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.


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.


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 discussing the anti-child abuse law which is an act, deeds or words that demoralizes the dignity of the child. She reminded the participants on being vigilant especially with human trafficking and on any reports of abuses since this is also a measurement of empowerment.


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 law protects their rights. They were thankful for the opportunity given to them and giving them importance as the child 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.