Feature: OWWA marks migrants workers day in Caraga
by Jennifer P. Gaitano
Butuan City (10 June) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga headed by Dr. Marieta Lumawag, OIC-Regional Director and Chief, Programs and Services, marked the migrant workers day with the theme "Araw ng Pasasalamat, Pagpupugay sa Kakayahan at Talino ng Expat Pinoy", held recently in one of the hotels here.
Among the highlights of the program is a free medical mission spearheaded by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Caraga with volunteers from various municipalities in the region.
Several line agencies also participated during the program by catering their office' services to the members of the OFWs. Some agencies also offered a free massage parlors, beauty services, and demonstration on the making of ice cream and balloons.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Lumawag relays the message of OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon which says:
"In all concerns of the globe, our highly-skilled and hard-working OFWs are in the frontlines, projecting the Filipino can-do spirit. On this day, we salute and honor them, the Pinoy Expats - fathers, mother, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and friends who make the difficult decision to leave home and seek work abroad at great sacrifice. Pinoy expats send back billions of dollars in remittances - remittances that are now a major source of our nation's foreign exchange. As thousands of them temporarily migrate each year to foreign lands, billions of dollars flow into our nation's coffers, keeping our economy afloat even in the midst of the global financial crisis…"
Dimzon also stresses that OWWA continue to provide OFWs the social and economic safety nets, through welfare programs and services to improve their well-being. "We help upgrade their skills through scholarship grants, education and skills training to make them more competitive in the global labor market," Dimzon said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lumawag also led the giving of certificate of awards and a cash amounting to P10,000.00 to the identified outstanding OFWs in the region. Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers of different municipalities were also awarded certificates of appreciation.
Participants also enjoyed the raffle draws with awaiting prizes such as cellphones, home appliances, mugs, umbrellas, and even cash prize sponsored by some private sectors like Globe Telecom, the established partner communication network of the OFWs.
OWWA, with the rest of the line agencies expressed their happiness to the success of that 1-day activity for the celebration of the migrants' workers day by ending it up with a smile on their faces. (PIA-Caraga) [top]