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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

OWWA honors 2012 model OFW Families in NorMin

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 10 has awarded this year’s regional winners for the 2012 Search for the Model OFW Family of the Year (MOFYA) in a recognition rites held last September 26 at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Limketkai Drive here.

The winners are the families of Timoteo Supangan of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental for the land-based category and Chief Mate Noe Preciado of Calamba, Misamis Occidental for the sea-based category.

The two families will represent Northern Mindanao in the National MOFYA Search with the awarding set on December 6 in Manila.

A special award on Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship was also given to the Preciado family while the Outstanding Achievement in Community Service was awarded to Ernie Neri and family of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

OFW Supangan worked as a Pest Control Technician in Saudi Arabia and had returned to the Philippines for good due to health reasons.

He and wife Ida have one surviving child who is now working as a staff nurse in King Abdulazziz Hospital in Al Hasa, Saudi Arabia. The couple had invested parts of their earnings to cultivate agricultural lots, planted fruit trees, coconut, falcatta and rubber.

On the other hand, Chief Mate Noe Preciado started working overseas in 1986. He and his wife Amelita have four children.

Their eldest son, Gaylord, worked overseas for five years but stopped after a motorcycle accident. He is currently a pastor of Bible Baptist Temple Church. The Preciado family operates a function room and catering services, commercial spaces for rent, hollow blocks making, sand and gravel business and a farm lot planted to fruit trees, coconuts and other lumber species.

The MOFYA is an annual event of the OWWA which gives honor to OFWs and their families.

It focuses on OFWs and families who exemplified strong family ties, contributed positive outcome in the community where they reside, financially harnessed the gains from the OFWs overseas employment and have educationally supported the members of the family.

The Board of Judges for the MOFYA 2012 in the region was composed of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Johnson CaƱete (chairman), OWWA Regional Direcotor Petrona Bergado (co-chairperson), Sister Mary Grace Barcinas (Church Based Organization), Dr. Rosalinda Huerbana (Academe), Fleurdelis Jaro (Private Sector), Mila Pace (Private Sector), Capt. Beunaventura Barete (Seabased Category), and Jose Sibi (Landbased Category),

The criteria for judging was based on the following: wholesome OFW family (50%), civic/ community involvement of OFW and family (20%), success in OFW and/ or family members education or profession (20%) and success in managing family finances (10%). (Neko Jan L. Abaday/OWWA-10/APB/PIA-10)

source:  PIA

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Filipinos in UAE to get multi-exit clearance

ABU DHABI // Filipinos in the UAE can now apply for travel clearance that covers more than one exit from the Philippines when they go home on holiday.

The exit clearance will be valid for the life of a worker's contract, although not exceeding two years, removing the need to reapply each time they leave the Philippines.

An exit clearance costs 100 pesos, or about Dh10, and exempts workers from paying the travel tax and terminal fee at the Philippines' international airports.

"We started implementing the scheme full blast on October 1," said Hans Cacdac, the head of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), from Manila.

A pilot for the scheme began in August for Filipino workers in Hong Kong, Brunei and Cambodia. This was expanded to South-East Asia and now covers all countries.

Overseas Filipino workers on holiday in their homeland can secure up to two travel exit clearances at POEA's central office in Manila's Mandaluyong City.

Workers whose contracts allow them frequent home leave do not have to abide by the maximum limit. But they must ensure their memberships with the overseas workers welfare administration (OWWA), PhilHealth and the Home Development Mutual Fund are updated, said Mr Cacdac.

"It will be available in our regional POEA offices within this month," he said. "By next month, we hope to provide it at all of our Philippine overseas labour offices worldwide."

The new exit clearance will be valid only if the overseas worker is returning to the same employer whose name and job site are shown in the clearance and in visa details.

Currently, the overseas employment certificate, which proves a worker has been hired legally, is valid for only 60 days, meaning in practice that Filipinos need a new one each time they return home.

It is available from the Philippine overseas labour office in Abu Dhabi or Dubai, and at Poea offices in the Philippines.

Nasser Munder, the labour attache in Abu Dhabi, said his office had yet to be formally notified of the move.

"It will reduce the long queues at our office but we'd like to know more about the new scheme," Mr Munder said.

The labour office in Abu Dhabi processes 200 applications a day for these certificates, and in June and December that number can double.

The POEA, which promotes and monitors overseas employment, also plans an online system to speed up the exit clearance process.


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