OWWA awards today 2 outstanding families
TACLOBAN CITY- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here in the region is to award today two outstanding families whose patriarchs work abroad.
Ma.Evangeline Filamor, officer-in-charge director of the OWWA-8, said that the giving of the awards to these outstanding families of overseas workers is their way of providing a model to other families who are in similar situation.
Named as this year’s Model OFW Family are the families of Teddy Abrea and Cesar de Dios, besting six other co-nominees.
Both the Abrea and de Dios families were able to pass the criteria set by the OWWA in choosing their outstanding OFW families which include wholesomeness of the family which include the maturity of the children in dealing problems and situations of having an overseas parent; constancy of the communications; civic and community involvement of the family; and success of the children of the OFW.
“The purpose of the award is to set as a role model to other families whose (either parent) work abroad. That despite of the long distance, they can still attain success,” Filamor said.
She said that it cannot be denied that when either parent work abroad, the possibility of having a broken family is not remote.
“Its part of the social cost of migration,” she said.
Abrea, 61, won in the sea-based category while de Dios, 55, was the winner in the land-based category.
Abrea, who is from Almeria, Biliran, has been working as a seaman since 2001 and was able to send his two children to college. Incidentally, both daughters of Abrea are working abroad themselves.
De Dios, who hail from Ormoc City, is an engineer by profession and whose money he sent to his wife was used, in part, in sending his two children to school. Both his sons, who also graduated as engineers, are now gainfully employed.
De Dios, who left the country in 1990, is now connected with the Ormoc city government while Abrea work as a consultant of the Naval State University in Naval, Biliran.
The awardees are to receive P5,000 as their initial bank deposit courtesy of the Banco de Oro Bank (BDO); P20,000 from Globe and trophies.
By Joey A. Gabieta
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