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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. 

OWWA-ARMM joins the 115th Labor Day Celebration

COTABATO CITY – Government workers including officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao convened to join the whole nation in the celebration of the 115th Labor Day yesterday, May 1 at the Office of the Bangsamoro People, ORG Compound, Cotabato City.


The celebration organized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-ARMM) kicked off with an early morning parade followed by an opening program.


This year's celebration carries the theme, “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago”.


DOLE-ARMM Regional Secretary Muslimin A. Jakilan said a jobs and business fair participated by different government and private agencies are among the highlights of the celebration.


The public also availed free medical and dental check-up, bloodletting activity and child welfare activities.


OWWA-ARMM provided free calls to the families of OFWs with the “Libreng Tawag sa Abroad” program during the day.


The celebration was simultaneously held in the five (5) provinces of ARMM.

(OWWA-ARMM during the Labor Day 2017 kick-off parade on May 1, 2017 at ORG Compound, Cotabato City.)
(OWWA-ARMM Chief of Programs and Services Division, Odin T. Abdula delivering the closing remarks.)
(OWWA-ARMM “Libreng Tawag sa Abroad” program during the Labor Day 2017 celebration.)



Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office VIII joined the celebration of the National Women’s Month 2017 with the theme “We make Change for Women”. To show support to this activity, the agency hanged streamers and posted the official logo/streamer of the Women’s Month 2017 to its official social media accounts.


OWWA RWO 8 also showed appreciation and gratefulness to walk-in female clients by giving them roses and notes of encouragement.


A Risk Reduction Management Training was also conducted last March 13, 2017 with Mr. Rey Ezekiel P. Barbasa, a representative from the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) –Regional Office VIII to OWWA staff. 


Mr. Barbasa thoroughly explained the different preparedness measures before, during and after a calamity. Part of the RRMT was an earthquake drill which was participated by the clients and staff of OWWA RWO 8.


Part of the culminating activity for the National Women’s Month 2017, was the conduct Gender and Development Training to its staff last March 24-26, 2017 at Bal’s Inn and Pavilion, Libagon, Southern Leyte.


The activity aimed to promote gender equality in the workplace and to discuss good practices, challenges, and commitments in pursuing gender and development and empowerment of women.


During the two-day training different topics were discussed including Breast and Prostate Cancer, Proper Hygiene and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Awareness. Further, Ms. Juliet Z. Tan, Supervising Administrative Officer, together with Mr. Jolo L. Barcillano, IT Trainer, discussed R.A. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004).


During her talk, Ms. Tan briefly discussed provisions and criminal acts under R.A. 9262. She also shared some statistics related to VAWC cases in the region.


After the intensive discussion on the aforementioned topics, team building activities were facilitated by FWO Rodah A. Cerna and Jul-Ann C. Regaton to strengthen the bond and camaraderie among staff.


OWWA RWO 8 continue to support events and activities that will uplift the interest of OFWs and their beneficiaries and will give due recognition to the contributions of Filipino women in our society.

OWWA RWO 8 staff with Mr. Rey Ezekiel P. Barbasa after the successful conduct of the Risk Reduction Management Training
Staff gather outside of OWWA building after the Earthquake drill  as Mr. Barbasa shares his final tips when an earthquake struck.

During the conduct of the Gender and Development Training at Libagon, Southern Leyte. OWWA RWO 8 staff during the team building activity.

Ms. Juliet Z. Tan during her presentation of the RA 9262 (left), OWWA RWO 8 staff after the first part of the GAD Training

Clients were given roses to celebrate the National Women’s Month 2017

OWWA trains teachers, OFC leaders on counselling for OFW children

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Regional Welfare Office (OWWA-RWO) 6 recently got involved in the Training of Trainers on School-Based Program for Children and Families of Overseas Filipinos at Casa Real, Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City last April 17 – 20, 2017.


Organized by Atikha Overseas Workers & Training Communities Initiative and in partnership with the Iloilo Provincial Government and the Department of Education, the said activity taught participants on how to conduct information, values formation, and capacity building trainings that would guide them in dealing with OFW families.


Mr. James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge, gave an overview on Philippine Overseas Migration Trends and the Rights of Migrant Children.


The training is part of the “Coming Home” project, which receives funding from the United Nations Women Fund for Gender Equality.

40 distressed, displaced OFWs receives OWWA livelihood assistance

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) has granted Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) livelihood assistance to Forty (40) distressed, displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on April 18, 2017.


BPBH is a non-cash livelihood support/assistance intended to provide immediate relief to returning member OFWs, active or non-active who is displaced from their jobs due to war/political conflicts in host countries or policy reforms controls and changes by the host government or is victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking or other distressful situations.


The assistance consists of 2-day techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial development training and livelihood starter kits worth Php 10,000.00 that will aid the beneficiaries towards self employment.


Majority of the distressed OFW-beneficiaries were females who worked as household service workers.


Most of the recipients ventured into rice-trading business given that rice is the primary staple food in our country and easy to trade.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo congratulated all the BPBH OFW-beneficiaries as she also expressed her hopes that the program would help them to a fresh start and shape them a better future.



A total of thirty – nine (39) scholars participated the OWWA XII’s 7th Scholars’ Conference dubbed as "Sapat at Wastong Kaalaman, Susi sa Matagumpay na Kinabukasan." held at Sarangani Highlands Garden, Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City on April 27-28, 2017.


This year’s activity focused on Understanding Adolescents Nowadays: Issues and Coping Skills Seminar. It places emphasis on the need to understand adolescents’ issues and dilemmas and help them develop useful mechanisms in order to cope up and combat these concerns. Furthermore, it aims to provide them an avenue to actively explore one’s self and strengthen their interpersonal relationship with other scholars.


The two – day activity was filled with learning and fun as the methodologies and techniques used by the speaker complements with the expectations of the scholars. Among the activities conducted were group sharing and discussions, learning sessions, reporting and role plays.


They also had the chance to acquaint with their co-scholars through various games and fun-filled activities. Among the highlights is the Quad-Wizard Challenge where the scholar’s set of skills particularly in logical reasoning where put into test. Other activities include Karaoke Challenge, Pinoy Henyo and Jack en Poy.


Shy Kairyl S. Wambangco, 3rd Year ODSP Scholar, extended her gratitude to the agency for its initiative to provide them with this training. "Napakarami po naming natutunan tungkol sa buhay, kung papaano kami makapag cope up sa lahat ng mga problema na kinakaharap namin. Maraming salamat po, sa uulitin.", she added.

Kairyl S. Wambangco, 3rd Year ODSP Scholar, emotionally shares her message to her co-scholars.

Meanwhile, Mr. Giovanni Gibson B. Docusin, Scholarship Program In-Charge said "We at the OWWA Regional Welfare Office XII have always tried the best of our efforts to provide our scholars with various trainings and seminars, necessary to address their urgent and immediate needs and concerns”.


Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero firmly believes that valuable capability building trainings must be constantly given to OWWA scholars to motivate and thrust them to work harder and achieve their dreams in life.


The Scholars’ Conference is an annual activity of the agency that aims to provide its scholars with worthwhile trainings and seminars to support their learning development.

Some of the activities during the Fellowship Night. Pinoy Henyo (top and lower left) and Quad-Wizard (lower right)
OWWA scholars during their role playing activity.
A group of scholars having their discussion during one of the workshops.
The participants of the 7th Scholars’ Conference with OWWA XII Staff

The first batch of the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training were attended by sixty nine (69) beneficiaries of the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program

The first batch of the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development Training were attended by sixty nine (69) beneficiaries of the Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Program. As of April 21, 2017, a total of thirty-six livelihood starter kits were already released and the agency is continuously releasing the remaining kits.


The said EEDT was conducted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry-Leyte last March 9, 10, 15 and 16, 2017.


The EEDT aimed to equip the beneficiaries with proper knowledge and attitude in managing a business. They were also taught to make business plans and were given tips on how to guarantee progress with their business ventures.


Qualified beneficiaries of this program are active or non-active OFWs who were displaced from their jobs due to war/political conflicts in host countries or policy reforms controls and changes by the host government or are victims of illegal recruitment and/or human trafficking and other distressful situations.


Ten thousand pesos (Php 10, 000.00) worth of livelihood starter kits were given to qualified beneficiaries, which they can use as a start-up capital to any business they are planning to venture.


Among the preferred start-up businesses were Rice Trading, Hog Raising, Agri-Business, Furniture Repair, E-loading, Handicraft and Appliance Repair. Of the sixty-nine total beneficiaries sixty-eight percent chose rice trading as their livelihood project.


This reintegration program is OWWA’s way of mainstreaming returning OFWs into Philippine society by way of self-employment or livelihood project as a means of income-generation for the family even after their overseas employment.

Beneficiaries of Balik-Pinas, Balik-Hanapbuhay Program during the released of the livelihood assistance.

National Capital Region

20 Officers of the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the seminar on OWWA Programs and Services conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Office Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) at the OWWA Multipurpose Hall on 23 March 2017.


The meeting focused on strengthening the partnership of OWWA and LGUs by updating the PESO managers on the current benefits of the OFWs and their dependents and to maximize the resources of the government in extending its services.


Director Emma V. Sinclair of the RWO-NCR delivered her welcome remarks, “We are gearing up na palakasin pa yung partnership natin para sa ating mga manggagawa na nasa inyong city. We should converge yung mga programa niyo at programa namin para lalo tayong makatulong at ma maximize ang pag gamit natin ng human at material resources natin.”


The orientation is part of the capacity building strategy of OWWA to equip PESO officers in Education and Training Assistance, Social Benefits, Reintegration Programs, Welfare Assistance and the establishment of the OFW Help Desk. It also focused on areas of cooperation between RWO-NCR and the LGU-PESOs.

From L to R: RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair delivering her opening remarks; OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac talking about the possible projects that PESO and RWO-NCR could conduct; and Deputy Administrator for Operations Atty. Brigido “Dodo” Dulay thanking the participants for coming to the consultation meeting.

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac graced the meeting and emphasized the value of the LGU-partnership and OFCs by saying, “Ang partnership natin ay pwede pa natin imaximize sa ngalan ng pagkakalinga at pagmamalasakit sa mga pamilya ng OFW. Pwede tayo mag-isip ng proyekto with our OFW Family Circles (OFCs), Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) and RWO-NCR para matulungan natin ang mga pamilya ng OFWs and in the long run, makakatulong yan sa constituency niyo, di ba? Yung OFCs ready yan na ipakita ng value at worth nila kaya dapat gumawa tayo ng mga proyekto na maipaparamdam sa kanila na mahalaga sila sa lipunan at makakatulong sila sa pamayanan.”


For closing remarks, Deputy Administrator for Operations Attorney Brigido Dulay thanked the representatives of the PESO officers for attending the consultation meeting and helping the OWWA RWO-NCR in reaching the families in the different communities in Metro Manila. He said that, “Salamat sa pagdalo at sana ay may natutunan kayo at matulungan niyo pa kami at ang mga kababayan natin. Kahit anong ahensya ay hindi magtatagumpay kung walang tulong galing din sa ibang ahensya kung kaya’t maraming salamat sa tulong ninyo.”


PESO Officers in attendance were: Ms. Zheila Reyes of Manila, Ms. Amalia Martim of Paranaque, Mr. Norman Midal and Ms. Lovella Sumulong of Taguig, Ms. Filipinas Sampang, Mr. Roberto Dohello and Ms. Cristina Baloro of Pasay, Mr. Raymond Sousa and Ms. Lovely Huerto of Valenzuela, Mr. Red Garcia of Las Pinas, Ms. Paz Gonzales and Ms. Shiela Mae Anne Escanilla of Caloocan, Ms. Rosalina Tabuera and Ms. Adora Benigno of Mandaluyong, Ms. Noemi Tresvalles and Mr. Dharen Garcia of Quezon City, Mr. Marcos Miro and Ms. Joy Miro of Malabon and Mr. Renato Bade and Ms. Maribel Dela Vega of Pateros were also awarded Certificates of Appreciation from RWO-NCR for attending the consultation meeting.

From top L to R (clockwise): Family Welfare Officer Veah Fleurdeliz Escote facilitating the meeting; Reintegration Unit head Zandro Almendrala giving the overview of the topics to be discussed; Ms. Henedina Daquigan, Head of Welfare and Assistance Unit (WAU), talking about the programs of WAU; Ms. Vivian Velez, Head of Education and Training Unit (ETU), discussing the scholarships offered by OWWA; and Ms. Annaliza Estrada discussing the OFW Help Desk.
The representatives of the Local Government Units – Public Employment Service Office (LGU-PESO) together with Overseas Workers Welfare Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) Director Emma V. Sinclair (center, in pink) and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac (center, in blue).

National Capital Region
Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! NCR Beneficiaries Receive Starter Kits

24 beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program (BPBH) completed their skills training and received their starter kits at the Ultima Entrepinoy Center in E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City on 5 April 2017. On the other hand, 15 beneficiaries completed their skills training and received their starter kits at the Negoskwela Livelihood and Training Center in Diliman, Quezon City on 10 April 2017.


The BPBH is a non-cash livelihood assistance to provide relief to OFWs who are displaced due to war, political conflict, policy reform, illegal recruitment, human trafficking, or other distressful situations. It has two components, namely: techno-skills and/or entrepreneurial training and starter kit/goods. 


The beneficiaries completed the different trainings in their preferred course to gain knowledge about the business that they intend to put up. After the training, they were given starter kits for - meat processing, pastry baking, peanut butter making, detergent making, foot and hand spa with manicure and pedicure, fruit juice making, hair cutting, t-shirt printing, and native kakanin making.

From L to R: Ms. Lulu Rivera sharing a Bible verse to give the beneficiaries spiritual guidance and Ms. Gertrudes Morales, one of the beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program, poses happily with her starter kit.

Ms. Lourdes Canlas Santos-Rivera, Vice President of the Spices and Foodmix House and Ultima Entrepinoy Center, shared a Holy Scripture - Psalm 23 by relating it to the experiences of OFW-beneficiaries when they were still working abroad. She said that, “Kalimutan ninyo na yung nakaraan ninyo, tapos na yun. Ang isipin ninyo ay yung ngayon. The Lord sent you here for you to build a new career path. He also sent you to us to share our expertise to help start your business.” Mrs. Rivera said.


Ms. Gertrudes Morales, one of the beneficiaries who worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for more than a year, claimed that the BPBH is a big help to start her own business. Ms. Morales cannot hide her happiness after receiving her starter kit for Fruit Juice Concentrate. She quipped that, “Malaking tulong itong starter kit na nakuha ko pati na din yung training. Sa Awa ng Diyos sana ay maging successful itong itatayo kong negosyo. Nagpapasalamat ako sa programang ito dahil marami itong natutulungan at higit sa lahat libre lang ito.”

From L to R: Ms. Lourdes Canlas Santos-Rivera, Vice President of the Spices and Foodmix House and Ultima Entrepinoy Center, Mr. Robert Ryan Sison, Ms. Annaliza Estrada and Ms. Janell Serrano of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office - National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) together with the recipients of the detergent making starting kit and the beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! checking the contents of their starter kits.

National Capital Region
RWO-NCR Scholars Prepare To Pound the Pavement

65 Scholars in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the annual learning support activity with the theme “Getting Hired for Your Attitude” to prepare them for employment at the Manila Ocean Park on 8 April 2017.


Mr. Florencio Teves III of the Policy and Program Development Division (PPDD) explained the OWWA Programs and Services. He also reminded the students that, “You can choose your work but not your officemates.” Furthermore, he challenged the scholars to set their goals. He said that, “Sa panahon ngayon, ang credentials ay sa papel na lang. Ang ina-assess ngayon ng mga employer ay ang ugali ng aplikante.”


Ms. Paz Resurrecion M. Alip, Resource Speaker, conducted the different activities in assessing the attitude of the participants towards themselves and to other people, and she also discussed several topics on the importance of attitude in getting hired and in the workplace. She stated that, “Sa panahon ngayon, hindi na masyadong hinahanap ang IQ, attitude na ang hinahanap ngayon. Ang skills kasi pwede ituro pero ang attitude hindi. Attitude always makes the difference especially since dito nakikita ang beliefs at values ng tao.” Ms. Alip also reminded the scholars that, “You control your attitude. Lahat ng bagay may choice ka kaya ikaw ang magde desisyon kung maganda o pangit na ugali mo ang ipapakita mo.”

From L to R: RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair explaining the importance of having a positive attitude; Mr. Andre Joseph Anthony Alip discussing the right attitude that an applicant must possess to get hired; and PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa delivering the closing remarks.

RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair discussed the importance of having a positive mindset in the workplace. She emphasized that, “Dapat lagi tayong positive para maging maunlad tayo. We should always reflect on the positive side of life.” Director Sinclair also talked about the importance of the lectures by saying, “Yung tinuro sa inyo ni Ms. Surie na dynamics ng tao ay importante at we expect na marami kayong matutunan dahil napansin namin na may kulang pa rin ang napag-aralan ninyo sa eskwela.


Mr. Andre Joseph Anthony Alip, Vice President for Corporate Human Resources of China Oceanis Philippines and the Immediate Past President of the Association of Human Resources (AHRM) in the Hospitality Industry, lectured on the importance of doing well during the On-the-Job Training so that the company will absorb you after graduation. “Ang mindset dapat habang natututo kayo make sure that they would notice your potential na pwedeng i-offer sa kanila. Also, be ready to go the extra mile. Be serious and act like you are already an employee.” Mr. Alip also asked them to be like a sponge, “Learn all the things as much as possible para kapag piniga kayo meron kayong mailalabas. Dapat meron kayong alam about the company.”


Ms. Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief of Program Services Division, delivered her closing message by emphasizing the importance of the activity. She said that, “Kaya tayo may ganitong activity ay para matutunan ninyo ang halaga ng attitude. Hindi sapat na grade conscious lang, dapat paglaan ng pansin ang attitude dahil iyan na ang ina-assess ng mga employers ngayon.”

The ODSP and EDSP scholars with OWWA RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair (center, in white), Ms. Surie M. Alip (center, in blue), ETU Head Vivian Velez (center, in dark blue) and the Education and Training Unit (ETU) staff.
From top L to R: ETU Head Vivian Velez welcoming the scholars to the learning support activity and Mr. Florencio Teves III reminding the applicants about the importance of attitude in getting hired. From bottom L to R: Ms. Surie Alip discussing the mechanics of the activity and the scholars participating actively in the team exercises.