OWWA-9 gears up for Migrant Workers Day PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:53

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office-9 gears up for its celebration of the Migrant Workers Day on June 21, 2014 at Jose Rizal Memorial State University Main Campus in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Migranteng Pilipino... Magkasangga tayo sa kapakanan, kabuhayan at kalusugan mo” which gives emphasis on the welfare of every Overseas Filipino Worker across the globe.

Guided by this year’s theme, OWWA-9 is set to conduct several activities to augment awareness, strengthen livelihood and promote good health among its members and their families.


In line with the said celebration, a forum on Migrant Workers Day Act 8042 as amended by RA 10022 will be conducted in Zamboanga City and Zamboanga del Norte on June 17 and June 19, 2014, respectively.

The forum will be attended by PESO Managers of LGUs, NGOs and Academe which then will be followed by a signing of Memorandum of Agreement between and among DOLE-IX, OWWA-IX, POEA-IX, TESDA-IX and other corporate, social and institutional partners.

The resource lecturer of the said forum will be Atty. Aysar T. Amilbangsa, an Associate Professor at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Universidad de Manila.

This endeavour is in pursuant to the directive of the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment, Hon. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, to enhance the delivery of services of DOLE, OWWA, POEA and TESDA to reach out to its clientele in every town and municipality in collaboration with the local government units, NGOs, Academe and OFW Family Circles by establishing an OFW Help Desk in their respective areas.

“OWWA-9 and DOLE-RCC family of agencies thought of sponsoring a forum on the Migrant Workers Act 8042 as amended by RA 10022 to enhance and strengthen the knowledge of our OFW Help Desk officers,” OWWA-9 Regional Director Hassan Gabra T. Jumdain said in an interview.


During the Migrant Workers Day which will be celebrated on June 21, 2014 in Dapitan City, a Jobs Fair event will be spearheaded by the POEA as a means to facilitate employment and fast track the meeting of jobseekers and recruitment agencies. This endeavour will open more doors of opportunities for the OFWs and their dependents.


Other activities such as physical exercise and fun games are also set for the recreation of the participants. Not only that it will add to the excitement of the celebration, it will also be an avenue for the OFWs and their families to get closer to each other thru various friendly games and activities.

OWWA-9 believes that strengthening the family ties and relationships of its clients, the OFWs will be more empowered and driven to become better workers that they are in the global arena.

“The Migrant Workers Day is OWWA’s way of giving due recognition to the valuable contributions of our modern heroes. They greatly boost our economy and they become the epitome of world-class professionalism. So this time, we say thank you to them,” Jumdain added.