Archive for May, 2012

Italian-based Household Service Workers laud OWWA’s CPDEP Training


Like any teacher, Italian Language instructor Adora Briones was too glad to impart valuable lessons to students, more so with HSWs whose plight abroad depends on their ability to communicate.

Grazie mille!

This Italian expression meaning ‘thank you very much,’ was the first set of words that Deborah Nebrada and Santiago Penas might have easily learned by themselves when they started working as Household Service Workers (HSWs) in 2010 in the European country through a visa visit. But thanks to OWWA’s language training under the Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP), the context of Grazie mille as stated in their handwritten letter of March 30, 2012 to the OWWA Administrator has deepened with much fervor and gratitude having learned more about the Italian language, proper usage of words, and other cultural facts they ought to know during their re-entry to Italy using a work visa.

As public school teachers prior to working as HSWs, Nebrada and Penas know by instinct that studying commonly used words and expressions using the dictionary, internet search and constant conversation with their Italian friends will help them acquire the language. In the course of their self-study, they found their learning insufficient as they groped with uncertainties particularly in the correctness of language usage, grammar and construction. When they returned to the Philippines in January 2011 to process their working papers, they were adamant to undergo the mandatory 3-day language training under Italian Instructor Adora Briones because they assumed they already knew enough of it. Their stubbornness gradually vanished when the lessons dealt on topics that had been their concern for so long. “Ma’am Adora explained the topics very well,” they said, setting their queries to rest. Thus, from being obstinate to OWWA, they became grateful.

Aside from language training, they praised the CPDEP seminar for helping them regain their dignity as individuals and their self-esteem as among the OFW sector responsible for making the economy vibrant. The sessions somehow healed their feeling of denigration working as HSWs as they were used to being looked up to with respect in the community as educators.

“This program is very effective and helpful for equipping us OFWs before going to our country of destination. One should know the language, the culture, and in managing the (work-related) stress.”

The Comprehensive Pre-Departure Education Program (CPDEP) for OFWs was implemented in May 2009. It is a seminar designed for Household Service Workers (HSWs) that runs from three to six days and includes language training, culture familiarization and stress management. Languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hebrew, Italian, and English. A total of 142 training batches comprising 10,987 availees from the RWO-NCR have already underwent the program from February 26, 2012 to March 25, 2012 alone.

 

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1,356 OFWs and Dependents eyeing OWWA’s business loan took EDT from February to April at RWO-NCR


Successive conduct of the Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) sessions in the NCR from February 25 to April 25, 2012 drew 1,365 participants, a figure almost half of the 2,855 that underwent orientation for the OFW Reintegration Program (ORP) of the same period. The conduct of both the EDT and ORP orientation were divided into 17 and 78 batches, respectively.

Business Plan workshop is one of the core activities during EDT. Approval or denial of loan proposals is based largely on the data presented in the submitted plan aside from the credit-worthiness of the applicant. Credit/background investigation of the applicant is done by Land Bank of the Philippines upon the endorsement of NCR’s welfare officers.

The OFW Reintegration Program, commonly known as OFW business loan, grants from P300,000 to P2M based on the amount proposed in the applicant’s business plan after successfully complying with all the documentary requirements imposed by the OWWA and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP). Within the same period, 77 applicants were given the certificate of eligibility after complying with OWWA’s preliminary requirements and were endorsed to the LBP for further processing that includes background/credit investigation.

RWO-NCR’s conduct of the one-day EDT seminar is divided into five parts: accomplishment of forms to be submitted to OWWA and Land Bank, Basic Entrepreneurship, which discusses the rudiments of going into business including personal evaluation and assessment of one’s competencies and skills and the procedures in joining the formal business sector; Business Plan workshop; Q&A portion on ORP, and distribution of EDT certificates.

Occasionally, private business groups engaged in franchising with products to promote are given slots to introduce their business. The purpose is not necessarily to lure them to the promoter’s business brand but more of motivating them further on the liberating experience of entrepreneurship than in working abroad. Also injected in the program are basic computer courses offered for free by OWWA’s Microsoft Tulay’s such as “Learn and Earn through Information Technology” and Digital Media Arts for participants who would also want to enroll.

Comprising the EDT regular facilitators are NCR’s Welfare Officers in the Reintegration Unit and Administrative and Finance Chief Zenaida Ramos and Administrative Officer V Martel Desayon for the Business Plan. Beginning March, Ms. Minda Narciso, Project Officer of the Land Bank of the Philippines took the task of answering common questions and issues about the program. Director Emma Sinclair and Programs Services Chief Ma. Teresa Capa personally hand the EDT certificates to the participants. /strong>

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OFW Family Circles show off Livelihood Products and Services during Labor Day Celebration


Ten OFW Family Circles (OFCs) from the National Capital Region with established livelihood projects flaunted their products/goods and services at the Jobs and Livelihood Fair in World Trade Center in Pasay City in the 2012 celebration of Labor Day.

Bags made from water lily and used tarpaulin, fashion accessories like beadworks and bracelets, handicrafts and native products like lamp shades, decorative tray baskets, paintings, organic soaps and fertilizer, T-shirt printing service, charcoal briquette, slippers, lubricating oil, and food products like pastillas, candies, moringa cookies and carrot muffins attracted thousands of visitors at the World Trade Center composed of officials from government and private institutions and job applicants who took a side trip from scouting their prospective employment in the job fair.

An important stakeholder of the labor sector, the OFCs are clusters of migrant workers who have stayed in the country for good and OFW dependents organized by the OWWA’s Family Welfare Officers (FWOs) in regional offices per city, municipality or barangay. They serve as partners of the welfare agency in disseminating its programs and services to the communities and contribute in gathering valuable data and statistics geared in formulating and inspiring programs benefiting the OFWs. This year’s participating OFCs came from Taguig Chapter B, Malabon, Marikina, Pasig, Tondo, Pasay, Caloocan, Las Pinas, and Paranaque.

RWO-NCR officials are delighted that the exhibitors did not ask much assistance from OWWA during the formation and in the sustenance of the displayed livelihood projects. The virtue of self-reliance developed on OFCs is credited to the continuous holding of seminars on character and values formation and financial literacy/management of the FWOs in the communities. On the other hand, OWWA provides institutional marketing support by tapping established projects to display their products/services during big events like Labor Day.

Roger San Andres, leader of the OFW Multi-Purpose Cooperative whose organic products were featured in the fair, said that joining the event added mileage to their group as an enterprise by exposing their products to the market that are mostly distributors in the health and wellness field. For OWWA, the likes of San Andres and other enterprises owned by OFWs are accomplishments of their reintegration efforts. Not only were the former migrant workers capacitated to start anew in their homeland, the enterprises also enabled them to generate livelihood for other people in the community.

Family Welfare Officers Erik Ripalda and Tsarina Clazala and Reintegration Unit Head Noemi Tanag with members of Smart OFC-Caloocan City

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OFW Help Desk put up in Malabon City to assist 9,000 OFWs and families


OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, Acting Mayor Antolin Oreta III and Acting Vice Mayor Diosdado Cunanan of Malabon City government seal the partnership forged between OWWA and Malabon City in establishing the OFW Help Desk in the area through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement. Looking on are OWWA officials Director Ma. Lourdes Reyes of ROCS and Director Emma Sinclair of RWO-NCR together with Malabon City government officials.

Around 6,000 land-based and 3,000 sea-based OFWs residing in Malabon City stand to benefit from the OFW Help Desk set up by the RWO-NCR in the city through a Memorandum of Agreement signed on May 10, 2012 by OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon and Malabon City Acting Mayor Antolin Oreta III. This forged partnership makes OFW Help Desk-Malabon the 4th Help Desk established by the welfare agency in the National Capital Region.

The OFW Help Desk is a partnership initiative of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration with the local government units to serve as channel in the speedy delivery of the agency’s programs and services to OFW and families in the area. It will be under the jurisdiction of the city government’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

“Through the OFW Help Desk, OFW families need not go to the central office for queries,” says Administrator Dimzon. For his part, Acting Mayor Antolin Oreta III warmly received the joint venture for the advantage of their constituents in the city. Although manning the OFW Help Desk will be an additional assignment on top of their primary chores in the city hall, PESO Officer-in-Charge Flourecelle Austria said they do not mind the added work so long it as it benefits their residents in the city.

Over 100 guests and visitors from Malabon City and barangay officials, OWWA officials in Central and RWO-NCR office, and members of the OFW Family Circle in Malabon filled the city hall’s Penthouse to witness the historic event.

 

 

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Cosplay marks OWWA’s 30th celebration at RWO-NCR


Austine Joyce Espino and Alexandra Bocobo are scholars under the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program. Their fathers are working as computer technician in Saudi Arabia.

OWWA-NCR scholars donned in costume play to attend to clients is RWO-NCR’s contribution to enliven the 30th anniversary of the welfare agency in servicing the migrant workers and their families.

A brainchild of RWO-NCR Director Emma Sinclair, she opted for cosplay in magnifying this year’s theme, Tatlong Dekada ng Serbisyong Tapat at Nararapat, to simply have a break from the everyday routine that at times lead to stressful encounter on both clients and staff. “Since this is our anniversary, we would like to momentarily liberate ourselves from the usual and be different, at least for a day. The variety of concerns brought to the agency’s different units every now and then periodically leads to a rollercoaster of moods and emotion for the staff and this may affect their dealings with the client,” she said. True enough, seeing the cosplay-ers roam around second floor with edible freebies delighted the staff and at the same time surprised the clients who were waiting for their turn to be attended. On a more important note, Director Emma said the cosplay connotes the agency’s desire to progress with the current trends in delivering the agency’s programs and services to the migrant workers and their dependents in the National Capital Region. Proofs are in offering new Information Technology courses that aims to boost the entrepreneurial activities of OFWs through one of its programs, Microsoft Tulay, creating a Facebook page to post all the announcements and photos of the Reintegration Unit’s livelihood program activities, and planned seminars and lectures relevant to the times for the scholars under the Education and Training Unit. Innovations are also underway for other units.

OWWA scholars Austine Joyce Espino and Alexandra Bocobo, both under the OFW Development Scholarship Program gamely took the task as cosplay-ers. Espino and Bocobo are taking their college degrees at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, respectively. Both their fathers are currently working as computer technician in the Middle East.

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M E N S A H E para sa 30th Anniversary ng OWWA


 Sa ika-30 taon ng pagbibigay serbisyo sa mga migranteng manggagawang Pilipino sa humigit kumulang 190 bansa sa buong mundo, ipinaaabot ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ang isang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa pagbibigay tiwala sa aming kakayahang kayo ay aming mapaglingkuran. Sa mahabang panahon, ang inyong pagtitiwala ang siya naming naging inspirasyon upang lalong pagbutihin at palawakin ang mga Programa at Serbisyo para sa inyo at sa inyong pamilya. Ang inyong walang sawang suporta ang pinaghuhugutan namin ng sigla at lakas para mas lalo kaming maging sensitibo at makapagbigay ng mabilis na pagtugon sa inyong mga problema at pangangailangan. 

Sa pagdiriwang sa taong ito ng OWWA na may temang : “Tatlong Dekada ng Serbisyong Tapat at Nararapat!”  agarang serbisyo at maagap na benepisyo ang aming hatid sa inyo at inyong pamilya. Panahon ng giyera sa Gulfo noong 1990, giyera sa Lebanon noong 2006, giyera sa Libya nitong nakaraang taong  2011, at itong mga bagong kaguluhan sa Syria, Egypt, Yemen, at iba pang bansa sa Gitnang Silangan at Hilagang Africa, ang OWWA ay katulong sa paglilikas at pagpapauwi ng mga libu-libo nating kababayan. Agarang din tumulong ang OWWA sa mga pamilyang apektado ng kalamidad dulot ng bagyong Undoy, Peping at nitong nakaraan Sendong sa pamamagitan ng  Misyong Pangmedikal  at pagbibigay ng mga pangunahing pangangailangan ng mga nasalanta ng bagyo tulad ng pagkain at tubig.  Aksyon agad ang aming tugon sa mga pagkakataon o sitwasyon na nangangailangan ng agarang tulong.  

Isang taos pusong pasasalamat sa mga magigiting na kawani ng OWWA   sa kanilang dedikasyon at pagmamahal sa kanilang gawain. Sa anumang  uri ng organisasyon, ang lakas ng isang institusyon ay nakasalalay sa pagkakaisa  at kooperasyon ng mga bumubuo nito.  Sila  ang  dahilan kung bakit ang OWWA ay lalong lumalakas at tumitibay sa pag-agos  ng panahon.

Salamat sa  Department of Labor and Employment  (DOLE) sa inyong pamumuno at  pagbibigay ng tamang direksyon, gabay  at  suporta para mas lalong mapaigting ang paglilingkod namin sa  aming mga kliyente. Salamat din sa mga bumubuo ng   OWWA Board of Trustees, sa   iba’t ibang non-government organizations (NGOs), sa  pribadong sector,  international organizations at  mga miyembro ng media sa kanilang paniniwala sa aming kakayahan na maglingkod ng tapat at nararapat.  Ang pagsuportang ito ang aming inspirasyon para lalong mapahusay at mapalawak ang programa at serbisyo na makakatulong sa mga miyembo ng OWWA kasama ang kanilang pamilya.

Sa abot ng aming kakayahan, pagsisikapan namin  ng buong puso na magsilbing  inyong karampatang daan tungo sa  higit na mas produktibo, tapat, mabilis at mahusay na serbisyo  mula sa  mga pinuno at kawani ng OWWA.

Maraming salamat mula sa OWWA!

 

                                                                                           

 

                                                                               

  CARMELITA S. DIMZON, DPA

                Administrator 

 

 

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