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OFW from Region 8 is RP's awardee for outstanding achievement in community project

Tacloban City (December 6) -- Mr. Alex Bello of Tacloban City, Region 8 Most Outstanding OFW Family for 2010, land-based category, was proclaimed today as the Special Awardee for Outstanding Achievement in Community Project.

The awarding for the 2010 Model OFW Family was held on December 6, 2010 at the Sofitel Hotel, with no less than President Benigno S. Aquino in attendance.

Mr. Bello, 50, works as a Senior Purchasing Officer of ASEA Brown Boveri, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a Swedish Company that is engaged in telecommunications business in the Middle East.

Mr,. Bello is an OFW leader in the Middle East who has always been ready to fight for the rights of Overseas Filipino Workers in foreign land. Meanwhile, his wife and his children in the Philippines have also been involved in community works.

In October, Mr. Bello and his family were awarded as the Model OFW Family of the Year in the land-based level, of Eastern Visayas together with Captain Rufino Reyes, Jr. and Family, for the sea-based level.

The 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year award for sea-based level was presented to Victor dela Cruz and Family of Region 4-B while for the land-based category, the winner was Engineer Ermin Lagman and Family of Region 3.

The Department of Labor and Employment launched the 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) in recognition of the outstanding achievement of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their families.

The award is in line with President Benigno Aquino III's thrust to strengthen the welfare and protection of what has been acclaimed as the country's "modern-day heroes".

The award's main objective is to recognize the outstanding achievements of OFWs and their families in the process of serving as role models and inspiration to the entire OFW community here and around the world.

The various categories of the Search include the regional winners, with the 17 regions having two MOFYA winners each, one from the land-based category and one from the sea-based category, or a total of 34 MOFYA regional winners.

There were two national winners, one each from the land-based and sea-based categories chosen from among the regional winners.

Two more national awardees were conferred Special Awards on Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects and Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship. (PIA 8) [top]

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