OWWA Region 1 Learns on Disaster Preparedness

Mr. Benedick C. Sarmiento of the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gives a lecture on Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response to officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI on July 27, 2015 as part of its observance of the 2015 National Disaster Consciousness Month.

Mr. Benedick C. Sarmiento of the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council gives a lecture on Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response to officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI on July 27, 2015 as part of its observance of the 2015 National Disaster Consciousness Month.

by Justin Paul D. Marbella, OWWA RWOI

 
The Ilocos Region is one of the areas in the country mostly frequented by typhoons. These natural disasters have been causing adverse effects to families and communities in the region.
This is reason why the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA RWOI took various activities to join the nation in  the observance of the 2015 National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) with the theme, “Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa.”
Officers and staff of the OWWA RWOI sat on a two-hour lecture on “Disaster Preparedness and Basic Emergency Response” at the Regional Welfare Office I,. The lecture was given by Mr. Benedick C. Sarmiento of the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Some walk-in clients have also joined the lecture after their transactions were made.

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PRO1 on Alert after NPA Encounter in Quirino, Ilocos Sur

The Region 1 police have heightened their focused police operations after the government troops encountered suspected members of the New People’s Army at Sitio Kin Lourdes, Barangay Namitpit, Quirino, Ilocos Sur on February 26, 2015 that killed five (5) and wounded six (6) personnel of the 81st Infantry Battalion, 7th ID of the Philippine Army.

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OWWA Extends Assistance to Yemen Repatriates

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is ready to extend airport assistance to returning OFWs from Yemen who registered for the Mandatory Repatriation offered by the government as tension escalated in the said country.

“OWWA is part of the Crisis Management Team (CMT) composed of officials from the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The CMT continuously monitors the situation of countries experiencing crisis to ensure that our OFWs working there are safe. If immediate action is needed, the CMT automatically activates its committees to respond to the situation,“ OWWA Administrator Rebecca J. Calzado explained.
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Livestock Training For Displaced OFWs in Pangasinan

As part of the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Regional Welfare Office 1 (RWO1) conducted a Techno-Production Skills Training on Livestock Raising at the Robert Estrella Gymnasium, Rosales, Pangasinan.

The one-day seminar was attended by 26 displaced workers coming from various municipalities in Eastern Pangasinan. Among the topics discussed were Hog, Poultry and Goat Raising. Dr. Arcely G. Robeniol, District Veterinarian and Mr. Roberto Espanto, Municipal Agriculture Officer of Rosales delivered a comprehensive discussion on the proper way of raising livestock including their housing, food consumption and medication in case of illnesses. They also gave some tips on how to gain profit in this kind of livelihood.

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Rodeo Tournament (Day One)

Bring on the leather hats, boots with spurs and the black chaleco vest and the favorite Rhinestone Cowboy song– the Rodeo Tournament is here… in Kannawidan Ylocos Festival. Governor Ryan Singson said this is already the 2nd Year of the tournament participated by the Universities and Colleges in the Luzon region. The participating universities compete in different games for men and women that includes bull whipping, wood chopping, load carrying, cattle wrestling, carambola, casting down, egg catching calf lassoing and of course, contest of the rodeo beautiful ladies.

Pictures below happened on the first day.

These beautiful ladies are competing for bull wrestling

These beautiful ladies are competing for bull wrestling

These women are stronger than men, just look at them carrying the sack of sands in the load carrying contest

These women are stronger than men, just look at them carrying the sack of sands in the load carrying contest

One of the beautiful lady who is one of the muses of the participating universities.

One of the beautiful lady who is one of the muses of the participating universities.

What a beautiful girl riding a white horse. She is one of the muses of the rodeos.

What a beautiful girl riding a white horse. She is one of the muses of the rodeos.

Contestant perform in the bull whipping contest.

Contestant perform in the bull whipping contest.

The contestants are busy with their axes in wood chopping contest.

The contestants are busy with their axes in wood chopping contest.

Kannawidan Ylocos Festival 2015

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Experience Ilocos Sur
The province hold it’s longest ever fiesta. Kannawidan is the festival of culture, tradition and heritage of the province. The 12-day festivities are compact to activities from January 29 to February 13. February 2 is the foundation day of Ilocos Sur since February 2, 1818.
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Stone Sculpture: The 5 Faces In Bahay Na Bato

Have you ever been to Bahay Na Bato in Luna, La Union. The silent coastal place where a resthouse is situated now a famous tourist destination in the region. Thanks to the initiative of Mr. Bong Kim, a Korean art disciple who turn the place into enchanting destination. I chanced Edwin Oraw, the stone sculptor, while doing another project in the area and had conversation with him.

The 5 Faces below which I photo in the area are just few of his stone sculpture.