The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) remains to be steadfast on its mandate to promote and protect the welfares of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, as it celebrates its 35th foundation anniversary May 2, 2017.
With the theme “We Serve, We Care: 35 Years of Helping OFW and their Families,” the OWWA 35th Anniversary serves to inspire the Administration in providing stronger support to the OFW sector, through various programs on Social Benefits; Education and Training Benefits; Welfare Assistance; Repatriation Services; and Reintegration Services.
OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac noted these achievements of the Administration. “OWWA’s trademark as a caring agency for OFWs and their families’ was earned to long years of hard work, industry, dedication, and commitment to serve our clientele at all times, in all corners of the country and the world,” Admin. Cacdac remarks.
He also highlighted in his anniversary message the transformations the OWWA will embark on in the coming years. “The OWWA is not just an infrastructure but is a community of people working together with a common and united goal and aspiration to make the lives of our OFWs and their families their ‘worthy journeys’ to and from overseas employment,” said Admin. Cacdac.
The OWWA Regional Welfare Office I (RWOI), meanwhile, commits to provide strengthened service to the member-OFWs and their families in Region 1, which has always been noted as one of the biggest source areas of OFWs in the country.
As of February 2017, there are 444, 728 registered active and inactive OWWA members from Region 1. Of the total membership, 240, 433 members are from Pangasinan; 78, 347 from La Union; 71, 934 from Ilocos Sur; and 54, 014 from Ilocos Norte.
The OWWA RWOI also maintains strong presence across the region, to provide accessible and convenient services to OFWs and families especially from far-flung communities. At present, the OWWA RWOI maintains satellite offices in Rosales, Dagupan and Alaminos, Pangasinan; Candon and Vigan, Ilocos Sur; and Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. (by Justin Paul D. Marbella, OWWA RWOI)