The Provincial Government thru the Cavite Migration and Development Office and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office spearheaded the first Migrant Workers Day celebration in the province on August 31, 2017 at the Cavite Collaboration Center for Public Health Auditorium, Trece Martires City.
Attended by Overseas Filipinos (OF) associations in the province headed by Cavite OF Federation President Teodorico Pagkaliwangan, more than 100 former and active OF workers and migrants participated in the discussion and livelihood trainings conducted by the host office. The event was intended to provide Caviteño migrants with inputs on how to start a business as well as business and investment opportunities where they can put their hard earned money and maximize the gains of their overseas labor.
Mr. Alvin Mojica, Cavite Migration and Development (M&D) Focal Person delivered a report on the M&D accomplishments of the province and the services offered by the CMDO ranging from psycho-social interventions, economic services as well as training and development programs that they provide to OFs and their families. He shared personal encounters with OFs during some of his trips abroad and noticed that the main compelling reason for OFs to choose to work overseas is to provide financially for their families in the Philippines – for building a better house, for their children’s education, and for other economic needs. He urged the OFs to organize themselves and seek the assistance of the CMDO especially the economic services they offer should they opt to stay in the province for good.
Ms. Avelina Sheryll Briton-Caya, Overseas Worker Welfare Officer III and Head of the Reintegration Unit of OWWA RO IV-A discussed the programs and services being provided by their office including updates on the welfare assistance program, repatriation, cash relief, and reintegration. She also provided some information about the National Reintegration Center for OFWs under the Department of Labor and Employment which caters to irregular OF workers and undocumented tourists. One of its major program is the SPIMS or “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Mam/Sir” for Filipino teachers who worked a different career abroad and want to go back teaching in the Philippines.
A talk on ENTREPRENEURSHIFT was discussed by Mr. Johner Ernest Fernandez, Managing Director of BYB Sales, Marketing Services Inc. mainly on having the right mindset in business and the different ways to earn for OFs and their families. Some business and investment opportunities were shared by Ms. Emie Ledesma, General Manager of Solomon Multi-purpose Cooperative, Ms. Negilyn Escudero, Marketing Director of The Family Dream and Ms. Anniefe Liveta-Rodriguez of PHILAMLIFE.
Board Members Reinalyne Varias and Kerby Salazar graced the event and delivered messages of support to Caviteño migrants and assured them that the provincial government is doing its part to provide OFs and their families with opportunities for decent jobs and livelihood. BM Varias also stressed that it is never too late to save and invest the hard earned money of OFs.
Members of the Cavite Overseas Filipino Welfare Council, Provincial and city/municipal PESO managers, Migration and Development Focal Persons, and representatives of City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Offices also attended the activity.
During the program, Mr. Norman C. Del Rosario, a former OFW and now driver/operator of Normandy Transport Services was recognized as a Successful OFW Entrepreneur for his extraordinary feat as a long-time OFW who endured all the hardships to provide for his family. He was able to send all his children to college where they earned a degree and are all doing well in life. He then chose to stay and transitioned into a successful entrepreneur in the transport sector.
In closing, PSWDO head Ms. Felipa Servañez reiterated the roles that OFs and their families must take in order to make the long-distance work and family setup less difficult to bear. After the program, livelihood trainings on flower arrangement, decorative balloon, fashion accessories and soap making were setup for the participants to choose from.