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RWO-NCR Awards Two New Tuloy Aral Scholars

The Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (RWO-NCR) congratulates the newest Tuloy-Aral scholars, Jerico C. Lamigo and John Gabriel F. Bangit.


Jerico is an 11-year old Grade 5 pupil at the Herminigildo J. Atienza Elementary School in Baseco, Port Area, Manila. His mother, Ellen Catalbas, is a former Household Service Worker (HSW) who worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for two years while his father, Ricky Lamigo, is a laborer.


“Salamat po sa binibigay nila na pera at tulong. Napakalaking tulong ito sa aming mga bata para matuloy ang aming pag-aaral,” said Jerico, who currently ranks top 6 in his class. The young man plans on becoming a police officer one day.


Grade 11 student John Gabriel was also recognized as a Tuloy Aral scholar. He is currently studying at the Senior High School of the University of the East – Caloocan under the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) track.


Maraming maraming salamat sa benefactors at OWWA. Dahil dito, mababayaran namin ang aking tuition. Pagbubutihiin ko ang aking pag-aaral,” said John Gabriel.


The son of former OFW Ariel P. Bangit and Helen E. Bangit dreams of becoming a weather forecaster someday. “Gusto ko paglingkuran ang ating bansa dahil karamihan sa mga weather forecasters natin ay nangingibang bansa dahil mas malaki ang sahod doon.” he shared.


The scholars were awarded by Ms. Ma. Cecilia E. Sios-e, General Manager of Key’s Placement Inc., Ms. Liberty C. Torino, Operation Manager of Global Asia Alliance Consultants Inc., and RWO-NCR’s Director, Emma V. Sinclair .


The Tuloy-Aral Scholarship Program provides educational assistance worth USD 100 to less fortunate children of former OFWs to finish their elementary and high school education from OFWs/organizations/associations/private sector benefactors.

(Newly-awarded Tuloy-Aral scholars Jerico C. Lamigo and John Gabriel F. Bangit with Director Emma V. Sinclair, RWO-NCR, and agency representatives Ms. Ma. Cecilia E. Sios-e and Ms. Liberty C. Torino.)


OWWA-ARMM supports "Bisita sa Barangay" Program of LGU Matanog

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) conducted an orientation of its programs and services in support with the initiative of the local government of Matanog to bring the services directly to the people through “Bisita sa Barangay” program.


The “Bisita sa Barangay” program aims to make the presence of government felt in every barangay through weekly team visits that entail the delivery of health, education, livelihood development and social services.


The visiting team is composed of the ARMM government agency field officers and LGU department heads and officials.


The visits were held at Brgy. Langkong last August 25;  Brgy. Central Langkong last August 31; Brgy. Bayanga Norte last September 1; Brgy. Sapad last September 14; Brgy. Bugasan Norte last September 20; Brgy. Kidama on September 27; and Brgy. Bugasan Sur on September 29, 2016.


The visits also serve as consultation sessions between the barangay residents and LGU representatives.


Family Welfare Officer Moctar S. Ulama said activities like this will bring OWWA’s programs and services closer to clients and help inform the clients of the benefits and trainings which they can avail.

OWWA-ARMM conducts Entrepreneurship Development Training for Displaced and Distressed OFWs

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) conducted a 2-day Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) to Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay beneficiaries on September 14-15, 2016 consecutively.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program grants a non-cash livelihood assistance of Php 10,000.00 to provide immediate relief to displaced member OFWs.  The assistance consists of techno-skills and/or entrepreneurship training and starter kits that will aid the beneficiary towards self employment.


A total of forty (40) OFWs who were displaced by hostilities, political conflict in the host country, victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking who were repatriated before finishing their contracts attended the program’s training held at D&M Catering Services, Cotabato City.


During the training, the recipients were assisted in identifying their prospective business. They were also provided with the tools and knowledge needed to start a small business and impart business.

OWWO III Hamid K. Chio of OWWA-ARMM and Ms. Catalina Icalina of DTI-ARMM with the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay recipeints.


OWWA-ARMM conducts a 2-day Entrepreneurship Development Training for ELAP Beneficiaries

COTABATO CITY – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OWWA-ARMM) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) conducted a 2-day Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) for the beneficiaries of the Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP) on September 7-8, 2016 successively.


A total of 29 ELAP beneficiaries and families participated the training held at D&M Catering Services, Cotabato City.


The ELAP recipients are the legal beneficiaries of a deceased OFW who has active OWWA membership at the time of his/her death. A training and livelihood starter kit of Php 15,000 worth of business package will be given to the legal beneficiary.


OWWA-ARMM Regional Director Amy B. Crisostomo said the training was intended to provide the tools and knowledge needed to start a small business and impart business values that will ensure the success of every business venture.


DTI-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar A. Malang in his message challenged the participants.


Dr. Susana S. Anayatin, Stanley R. Cang, and Catalina L. Icalina of DTI-ARMM are the resource persons of the training.


Most of the recipients are interested to venture into rice-trading business. Others showed their interest in putting up a cosmetics direct selling and charcoal-trading businesses.


Johara M. Sinsuat, one of the recipients, was grateful to OWWA-ARMM for the training conducted because of the learning and the additional knowledge in handling the business they want to pursue.


“We want to thank OWWA and DTI for imparting us the ideas and inputs on how to start and manage our business well”, she added.




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


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.


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.