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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2012


Caraganon OFWs confident to make well-informed decisions after attending PDOS

by Ritchel F. Molero

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA)-- More than 200 Caraganon-Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), especially the Household Service Workers, are ready to make well-informed decisions and are equipped with skills necessary for their work abroad after joining the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) 4-day Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS).

According to OFW Emily Villarin, a PDOS participant under the 7th batch, she can not deny the fact that she felt fear after she learned the realities and hardships in working abroad. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t stop her from working in Dubai as Household Service Worker.

“For me, the learning I gained at PDOS is a double edged weapon. It causes me to fear but it also gives me confidence that in times of difficulties and problems I can make well-informed decisions,” Villarin stressed.

The Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar aims to guide, clarify and equip the Caraganon Household Service Workers abroad regarding but not limited to the following: reality check, values reintegration, basic understanding regarding contracts, knowing your rights, HIV, STI and STD prevention, OWWA’s programs and services, language and culture in the Middle East, saving for the future, what to bring, do’s and don’ts, among others.

During the past few years, it has been observed that most of the Caraganon-OFWs were obliged by their agencies to attend PDOS in the country’s key cities like Cebu, Davao and Manila which is very costly and hassle for the OFWs and their families.

In response, OWWA-Caraga headed by Officer-in-Charge Marieta A. Lumawag, lobbied to conduct PDOS in Butuan City and has officially produced 27 graduates from its First Batch of PDOS participants on September 9, 2011.

Meanwhile, on January 27, 2012 another Thirty-eight (38) HHSW are set to receive their Certificate of Completion from OWWA after finishing the 1-day Orientation Seminar and 3-day Language and Culture Training of the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)

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