BAGUIO CITY, June 14 (PIA) - - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration recognized Outstanding Migrant Desk Officers from the different local government units in Cordillera during the celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day 2017 at the Baguio Convention Center last Saturday.
Awardees for outstanding migrant desk officers – regional level were Fredelina Biato of Abra for the provincial LGU category and Loyda Saboy of Tabuk City, Kalinga for the city/municipality level.
Also awarded as outstanding migrant desk officers were Elizabeth Bruno of Lagangilang, Abra; Clifford Jamoyo of Pudtol, Apayao; Rommel Del-isen of Mankayan, Benguet; Reynaldo Nalliw of Lamut, Ifugao; Loyda Saboy of Tabuk City, Kalinga, and Renan Jake Oyang-o of Bauko, Moutain Province.
Other nominees for the outstanding migrant desk officers were also given certificate of recognition and cash prizes as well.
OWWA Regional Director Evelyn Laranang, assisted by Emerito Narag of DOLE spearheaded the giving of plaque of recognition and cash prizes to the awardees.
The search and award program aims to give due recognition the contributions to migrant desk officers as well as the dynamic partnership of OWWA and LGUs in the facilitation of the delivery of programs and services to OFWs and their families.
Recipients of the plaque of recognition were selected from LGU nominees and screened based on the degree of their active participation to OWWA training and seminars and dissemination of programs and services, and their accomplishments in terms of the delivery of social benefits, education and training assistance, community organizing, reintegration services and welfare assistance.
The Migrant Workers Day program was attended by around 800 active OFWs, OFW returnees and their families.
OFW Family Circles from the different provinces of Cordillera gamely joined the talent and variety show and contest. There were also free services, entertainment, raffles and other fun activities.
Laranang said the OWWA – CAR- led program was in accordance with the annual June 7 Migrant Workers Day celebration set under Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 that generally aims to give recognition to OFWs, our modern day heroes, who despite the social cost of migration especially to their families, continue to work abroad and significantly contributing to nation building. (JDP/CCD with K. Valdres & M. Jimenez-PIA CAR/UC Interns)