OWWA-9 honors OFW families at Migrant Workers Day PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:40

The  Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Regional Welfare Office No. 9 paid tribute to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families during the 18th year celebration of the Migrant Workers Day held on June 15.

OWWA-9 Regional Director Hassan Jumdain said that a total of 616 attendees comprising of OFWs and their families, Institutional partners, OFW Family Circles (OFCs) Federation, licensed recruitment agencies in Zampen region, participated in the event held at the Marcian Garden Convention Center, this city.

Alexander E. Asuncion, member of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board representing the Land-based sector, who came all the way from Metro Manila was the Guest of Honor during the event. With his 32 years overseas experience, he cited different situations faced by our OFWs while working abroad and underscored the importance of strengthening family ties and sacrifices despite the yearning to be with the family.

Apart from entertainment and raffle draws, Director Jumdain also said that the highlight of the celebration is the launching of “Abot Kamay Kita,” a song composed especially for OFWs. It sings about the pains and sadness of OFWs while they work overseas away from their loved ones.

The song which was composed by multi-talented songwriter/composer Vehnee Saturno was played and viewed simultaneously in different OWWA regional offices and selected posts in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Another highlight was the conduct of the jobs fair, in coordination with the POEA REU-9 and the Association of the Zamboanga City Recruitment Agencies (AZCRA).

On the other hand, a plaque of recognition was awarded to OFW Carim M. Jaupakal, an outstanding beneficiary of the 2-Billion Reintegration Program for his entrepreneurial skills which led to the success of his Long Life Bakery.

A plaque of recognition was also awarded to MMML Recruitment Services, Inc. & SML Human Resources, Inc., as Top Endorsers and Outstanding Recruitment Agencies in the region for their support to the programs and services of OWWA specifically in compliance to the PDOS Advisory No. 6, series of 2012.

The participants were treated with free snacks, entertainment performances, and raffle draw prizes. A free overseas call was provided by Globe Telecom Inc., for those who wish to communicate with their loved ones abroad.

This year’s Migrant Workers Day has the theme “Migranteng Pilipino: Tayo ay Magkasama sa Pag-abot sa Pangarap Mo.” — Mary Jane R. Amarado, Labor Communications Officer