Baguio City: The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Cordillera Regional Office, for the second consecutive year, held a summer workshop for the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Baguio-Benguet area.
The summer program, focused on the theme, “Strengthening Family Values, Stewardship Formation and Economic Reintegration,” was held in two batches.
The first batch was held on May 16 to17 at the Department of Labor and Employment-National Reintegration Center for OFWs (DOLE-NRCO), while the second batch was held on May 21 to 22 in Baguio City.
The program adopted three modules. The first module was a training-program on basic computer application and digital media fundamentals, which was given to the children of OFWs aged 8 to 16.
Following the training-program was a workshop, constituting the second and third module of the program, tackling the psychosocial and economic reintegration of OFWs.
The psychosocial reintegration module aimed to strengthen the bonds between parents and their children through workshops and activities in light of the psychological and social cost of having a family member working abroad.
The economic reintegration module, meanwhile, focused on giving participants, comprised mainly of solo parents and OFW returnees, an orientation on entrepreneurial motivation, financial literacy and a primer on the P2-billion OFW reintegration program of the DOLE-NRCO.
Meanwhile, OWWA Regional Director Manuela Peña said that the highlight of the summer program was the organization of Highland Partners Association, an all-women OFW Family Circle (OFC) joined by 22 female participants, who are either OFW returnees or solo parents.
The group is set to fine-tune their OFC’s constitution and by laws which they plan to register with DOLE-CAR by May 30.
Peña commended the participants for organizing themselves, as such will increase their capability for more resource building and generation.
She also stressed the importance of a community organization, especially for the women sector.