LBP, PNB, GLOBE support Migrant Workers Day PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 June 2013 11:14

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Philippine National Bank (PNB) and Globe Telecom, Inc.joined the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), here in Region-9, in honoring the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families during the recently concluded Migrant Workers’ Day celebration held at the Marcian Convention Center, this city.

OWWA-9 Regional Director Hassan Jumdain said,“LBP has been our partner in implementing livelihood assistance programs which includes enterprise development & livelihood skills training. PNB, on the other hand, is our partner in the conduct of financial literacy in our Pre-Departure Orientation Seminars (PDOS), in which LBP will also be joining us soon.”

“We are grateful for the support coming from the LBP & PNB, most especially through the leadership of Mr. Wesly C. Magnaye, the First Vice President & Group Head of the Mindanao Branches Group, Mr. Khurshid U. Kalabud, Assistant Vice President of LBP-Zamboanga City and Ms. Teresita U. Sebastian, Vice President & Regional Head for Mindanao of the PNB.”Director Jumdain added, during his opening remarks.

During the celebration, which was participated in by 616 OFW families and guests, Ms. Shirley Macaso, Branch Manager of LBP-Main Branch, conveyed LBP’s support for the OFWs and their families in the fulfillment of their dreams. She said, “we are honored to be able to contribute in providing financial assistance to our OFWs who wanted to engage in livelihood undertakings.”

The 2-Billion Reintegration Program (2B RP), a joint project of LBP & OWWA, which aims to help OFWs prepare for alternative employment and business undertaking upon their return to the country has benefitted nine (9) OFW beneficiaries here in Zampen Region.

OFW Carim M. Jaupakal, one of the 2B RP availees, was awarded as Outstanding Beneficiary during the celebration. He received a plaque of recognition for his entrepreneurial skills which led to the success of his Long Life Bakery in Labuan, this city, and for generating employment opportunities in their community.

The 2B RP provides returning OFWs and their families with counseling on saving and financial management to help them manage and sustain their earnings from overseas work; skills training, retooling and upgrading to promote their employability; employment facilitation services for local or overseas; and livelihood & enterprise development assistance for OFWs who want to start-up a business.

Director Jumdain also said, “With this partnership, we believe that we can benefit more OFW families, not only here in Zamboanga city but also neighboring provinces like Basilan, Sulu &Tawi-Tawi.”

It can be recalled that a special orientation was organized by OWWA on April 28-29, wherein LBP played a major role along with other agencies in the convergence of programs for the One-Stop Processing Center to help out Sabah Deportees and Displaced persons.

In a statement, Director Jumdain noted the strengthened partnership with Globe Telecom, Inc., who during the event, provided free overseas calls for OFW families who wish to communicate with their loved ones abroad. “We are indeed thankful to Globe Telecom, our annual major sponsor in our search for Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA), for they had been our social partner for quite some time now.”

The celebration also highlighted the launching of the search for MOFYA. Director Jumdain said, “We are encouraging OFWs,non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations, religious groups, community-based socio-civic organizations and local government units to submit their nominations to OWWA-9.”

Nomination forms and other details of the 2013 Model OFW Family search are available and may be downloaded from the OWWA website at www.owwa.gov.ph. — Mary Jane R. Amarado, Labor Communications Officer