Davao Occidental – In an effort to raise awareness on the various programs and services of OWWA, the Regional Welfare Office XI headed by Regional Director Eduardo E. Bellido, visited the municipality of Malita last April 5, 2016 to promote its programs and services to OFWs and their families.
In an interview aired over 103.9 FM (Radyo Kamagi) “Maayong Buntag Malitaños”, a radio program in Malita which promotes programs and services of its partner government agencies, Dir. Bellido explained the five (5) pillar programs of OWWA which are; social benefits, education & training assistance, workers welfare assistance program, social services & family welfare services, and reintegration program.
The nature and functions of OWWA were likewise discussed by Dir. Bellido. He also added that, per database, the municipality of Malita has around 544 OFWs who are members of OWWA. Of these number, 515 are landbased while 29 are seabased.
On the other hand, Mr. Carmelo T. Elaya, Welfare Case Officer, answered queries about the welfare cases handled by the office. He reported that, the Regional Welfare Office XI has provided various assistance to the OFW residents of Malita. The OFW families with welfare concerns were assisted by Family Welfare Officer, Herman C. Sab thru the PESO office of the said municipality.
Malita is a first class municipality that serves as the capital of the newly established province of Davao Occidental. Giving the right information and updates on the agency’s programs and services, especially to far-flung municipalities can make the OFWs and their families aware of the interventions and benefits.
Ms. Alona Estrella, also the Municipal’s Public Information Officer and anchorwoman of “Maayong Buntag Malitaños”, expressed her gratitude to OWWA for making the Malitaños well-informed about its programs and services. (END)