By Ricky Laxa
Team of officers from Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) held a three hours seminar on various services available for active OWWA members in Kuwait and for their families back home in the Philippines. The event was held at the premises of the International Culinary Arts in Salmiyah Monday night.
Members of Guardians International Auxiliary Group for Fraternal Brotherhood Incorporated attended a three hours re-integration program presented by the Mr. Romanito Frias on behalf of OWWA department in Kuwait. Among those present were Assistant Labor Attaché Cathy Duladul, Welfare Officers Genevieve Ardiente, Emmnuel Diaz and Louella Marie Calanza with Daylene Ala. The three hours seminar discussed topics on: benefits and services of OWWA available for the OFWs. These services included death and medical privileges for the families of OFWs, educational short and full courses scholarship programs for children and families as well as for the OFWs, repatriation assistance and importantly loans for business purposes for OFWs who opt to go home for good.
Chef Eden Costinar, organizing team leader of the event, raised several questions regarding group loans to start small corporations for their members in Kuwait and back home in the Philippines. Land development, business loans procedures and scholarships for children were among the most relevant and often asked questions from the attendees. Frias mentioned that OFWs are the main concern as to why OWWA was formed and created to promote, safety and welfare of OFWs and their families. Welfare Officer Ardiente also assisted in providing detailed information regarding some quarries from the crowd.
“I’m glad I came to the seminar as it gave me so much information that I can share to my family and services I never I am entitled to. I just hope these programs reach out to more OFWs in Kuwait so they can be aware of their privileges too, True to their motto “OWWA Cares” commented Jennifer Abad.
The event was organized in collaboration with the International Culinary Arts (ICA), which will also be hosting the upcoming seminars of POLO and OWWA organized by other community groups for their members. ICA is located in the mezzanine floor of Al Salam mall in Salmiyah.