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Baguio, Kalinga OFW families win OWWA's 2008 MOFYA Awards

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (7 November) -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-CAR), in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-CAR), awarded the regional Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) winners last November 4 at the Pines View Hotel.

This year's MOFYA has two categories - a land-based and a sea-based OFW family. The land-based category was won by the family of Kalinga OFW Frisco Laranang. Frisco is currently working as a Senior Statistical Assistant at Saudi Aramco, in Saudi Arabia. His wife, Albina is working at the provincial government of Kalinga. The couple has three children who are all professionals, a computer engineer, a female lawyer, and a BS Computer Science graduate.

The family of Baguio City OFW Efren Malasig won the sea-based category award. Efren is currently working as a second marine engineer in a Norweigian shipping company, while his wife, Flora is a nurse supervisor at the Baguio General Hospital. Efren and Flora hare blessed with three sons - a registered pharmacist, a BS Commerce graduate, and a 3rd year SLU Mechanical Engineering student.

The winners were chosen from among three nominees for the sea-based category and 19 nominees for the land based category from the different provinces in Cordillera. The winning families won P25,000 cash each, a trophy, plaque and various prizes from the contest social partners and major sponsors: Globe Telecoms, Bank of Phil Islands, Banco De Oro, Western Union and Philam Life.

The criteria of selection include : a wholesome family OFW; civic/community involvement of the OFW and family; success in OFW and/or family members in education or profession; and success in managing family finances.

The winners also earned the right to represent Cordillera, to the MOFYA National Awarding, which will be held this December in Manila.

The awarding ceremony was graced by OWWA-CAR regional Director Manuela Peņa, OWWA Executive Director Carmelina Velasquez, Baguio City Vice-mayor Daniel Fariņas and councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, Kalinga Governor Floydelia Diasen and Tabuk City Kalinga mayor Camilo Lammawin.

Another highlight of the awarding ceremony is a MOA signing between the Local Government Unit of Kalinga, represented by Gov. Diasen and mayor Lammawin, and OWWA-CAR officials, for the establishments of Migrant's Desk in the province. (PIA) [top]

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