OWWA marks 37th Anniversary upholding commitment to duty and service to OFWs and their families
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) observes its 37th year today, May 3, 2019, with a renewed commitment to carry on its mandate of upholding the welfare and protection of its member-OFWs and their families with new and improved programs and services.
This year’s theme, “OWWAcares@37: Kalingang Matapat, Serbisyong Maagap” exemplifies the current thrusts of the welfare agency. These are the enhancement of the social benefits and reintegration programs, broadening of membership coverage, strengthening of its overseas operation with more welfare officers and personnel, digitized processing of membership and program transactions, and additional communication line and web-based platform for messaging and information dissemination.
OWWA Central office will hold its austere celebration with a mass, bazaar showcasing the products manufactured and sold by OFWs, raffle and games for OWWA employees, and to be highlighted by the unveiling of a photo exhibit resonating the theme. A simple program at the Multi-Purpose Hall of its central office will have Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III in attendance.
OWWA’s 37th Anniversary will be celebrated in similar fashion in 17 OWWA regional welfare offices and 33 overseas posts.
“OWWA, under the baton of DOLE, has been working painstakingly onsite and here in the country to implement the agency’s mandate. The mission to help the OFWs and their families is round-the-clock, seven days a week. It’s non-stop. So, on your special day, you are given a few hours to celebrate your dedication and achievements as the primary welfare agency for the OFWs and their families,” said Sec. Bello.
Addressing the OWWA family, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said, “Let us congratulate ourselves for reaching this far as the primary welfare agency and membership institution of the Overseas Filipino Workers. There were rough roads along the way but here we are today, growing in number and in achievements.”
Source: OWWA ASMD