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OWWA bares Regional MOFYA winners

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (7 October) -- The families of a nurse from Bauko, Mountain Province who worked in Saudi Arabia for years and a seafarer from Baguio City won top honors in the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's (OWWA) Regional Search for the 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA).

The family of Mrs.Hermilina Cajigan was chosen the winner in the land-based category of the 2010 MOFYA. Mrs. Cajigan worked as a nurse in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 18 years. While she was working abroad, her husband Remegio, a government employee, took the responsibility of being a father and a mother to their four children, who are now all successful in their chosen professions.

Jess, the eldest child of the Cajigan couple, is a graduate of Aeronautics and Accountancy; Arlene, who is working as a nurse in London, is also a graduate of Doctor of Medicine; Donna is lawyer; while Elaine, the youngest, has just taken her oath as a Doctor of Medicine.

For the MOFYA Sea-based category, Michael Bungag family of Baguio City emerged the winner. Bungag, has been working as a seafarer for 15 years now and is currently an Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at the Princess Cruises Inc. His wife, Mary Ann, is an active leader of various organizations including OFW federations.

The Bungag couple has four children. The two elder daughters, Alice Rose and Joanna Kathleen, are now both gainfully employed as nurses; Aaron Jake is a fourth year nursing student, while the youngest, James Noah is a 2nd year Bachelor of Science in Information Technology student.

As regional winners, the Cajigan and Bungag families were awarded trophies plus a P20,000 G-Cash prize from Globe Telecom, P10,000 cash prize from Banco De Oro and P150,000 life insurance for the OFW and spouse from PhilAm Life. They will represent Cordillera for the 2010 National MOFYA Search.

The 2010 Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) MOFYA Regional winners were presented during the awarding ceremony held at the SM City Baguio Atrium, Tuesday.

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan and Mr. Rafael Tallocoy representing Baguio City Mayor Domogan gave inspirational message during the awarding. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Oscar Camantilles also graced the event to show his support to the OWWA program and to the OFW families from his municipality who were nominated for the said search.

Also present during the awarding were members of the Regional Selection and Screening Committee headed by Department of Labor and Employment Assistant Regional Director Sixto Rodriguez, Department of Foreign Affairs - Baguio Director Grace Clavecillas, Perlita Panganiban of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Penn Jaleco of Globe Telecom, Fe Damaguen of the EDNCP and BDO SM Baguio Branch Manager Asuncion Gundran.

The 2010 MOFYA Search, now on its sixth year, aims to give proper recognition to the OFWs and their families in honor of their sacrifices and contributions in providing better life for their families, their respective communities, and in helping the country's economic development, OWWA Acting Regional Director Evelyn Laranang said.(PIA) [top]

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