Palawan OFW Family Circles form federations, elects new officers

Date Posted: November 18th, 2014 03:00 AM


Palawan OFW Family Circles form federations, elects new officers Following the directive of labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to strengthen existing Overseas Filipino Workers’ Family Circles (OFCs) and organize new ones, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration chief Rebecca Calzado yesterday reported that the newly-established OFCs in Southern Palawan and in Puerto Princesa City had established themselves into two federations and had conducted the election of its new set of officers last month. “Our OFCs in Palawan had joined hands into becoming two federations. The Southern Palawan OFW Family Circle Federation represents eight OFCs from the southern district, while the Puerto Princesa OFW Family Circle Federation represents six OFCs from the district of Puerto Princesa City,” said Calzado in her report. Director Allan Ignacio of the OWWA Regional Office in MIMAROPA said the decision of the OFCs to federate themselves came after the regional office conducted an organizational training for OFCs in Palawan’s southern district in Narra, Palawan, and for OFCs in Puerto Princesa at the Palawan State University, also last month. “The organization development training is an effort of the DOLE and the OWWA to supplement the organizing skills of OFCs and strengthen their knowledge that will enable them to be active instruments of development, not only for OFWs themselves, but also for their respective communities,” said Ignacio. The DOLE Regional Office in the MIMAROPA, through Elnie G. Iligan, oriented the OFCs during the organizational development training on how as OFCs they can be registered with the DOLE as workers’ organizations so they may avail of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). “As workers’ organizations registered with the DOLE, the OFCs can avail of livelihood and emergency employment assistance from the DILEEP to enable OFC members to earn additional income to supplement the remittances they receive from family members working abroad,” Iligan said. Secretary Baldoz lauded the OWWA-MIMAROPA for realizing the DOLE’s goal for stronger and more active OFCs. “By organizing the OFCs into federations, their unity will have much impact in the community. The OFCs and their federation will act as support systems to its members; as channels of OWWA’s programs and services; and as agents of community improvement,” she said. Ignacio said that with the establishment of the two federations, the OWWA in MIMAROPA will now work towards establishing the Palawan Provincial OFC Federation to further strengthen OFC unity and solidarity. “This is the reason for building the capabilities of our OFCs. After this, we expect enhanced cooperation between the DOLE’s OWWA and local government units, through their Public Employment Service Office, in the region in carrying out the OWWA’s mandate of resolving welfare cases and enabling our field offices to deliver OWWA’s programs and services more efficiently and effectively,” Ignacio said, finally. END/ Jan Erwin D. Reyes/ Aquilina C. Tarrobago

Created Nov 19th 2014, 09:41


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