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PIA Press Release
2008/11/13

OWWA-XI teaches values to OFW families

by RG Alama

Davao City (13 November) -- As part of the inter-agency reintegration program for Overseas Filipino Workers, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is pushing its program in strengthening the values and added skills not just of the OFWs but also their families.

Ron Lionel Bartolome Regional Director of the OWWA-XI during the Ugnayan sa Royal Mandaya media forum held last November 12 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, said that the office has been trying to involve not just the OFWs but also their families through their family circles.

Through the family circles the OFW family members are taught value formation particularly financial literacy where these could enable them to wisely spend the hard-earned money.

He said that OFW families often becomes materialistic, buying things not needed or gambling away the money often would result in wasting away hard-earned savings.

If the family has learned the necessary values, then additional livelihood skill would be imparted to these families which could help in augmenting their income.

Bartolome said that the budget for the Family circles was pegged at P1 million allocated then without considering the current global economic crisis.

He said that in light of the current slowdown where according to Department of Labor and Employment the crisis would result in the retrenchment of about 50,000 to 100,000 OFWs with temporary working visas, the OWWA, Bartolome said would be intensifying the family circle program infusing it with added budgetary allocations. (PIA) [top]

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