Ilocos Sur, Eastern Samar families win Owwa award

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MANILA, Philippines—Two families from Ilocos Sur and Eastern Samar received the prestigious Model OFW Family of the Year Award (Mofya) from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa).

The family of ship captain Manuel Gabornes of Lawaan, Eastern Samar, was awarded the Mofya trophy for the sea-based category, while the family of engineer Carlos Asuncion of Sta. Catalina, Ilocos Sur, won in the land-based category..

“Mofya pays tribute to families that remain solid and stable despite the odds and challenges they face and encounter,” said Owwa administrator Carmelita Dimzon during the awarding ceremony at the Hotel Sofitel on Thursday.

“These families continue to inspire other OFW families through their heartwarming and touching success stories,” she said.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the award is meant to convey the message that “the government is genuinely concerned for the sustained development and maintenance of strong family relations which is one of the frontline defense against the many social cost of migration.”

The winners who received P600,000 each were chosen among 34 outstanding OFW families that were selected from different regions of the country.

The Gabornes and Asuncion families believe that distance was not a factor in keeping in touch and being close during the head of the families’ long absence from home.

“He has maintained regular communication with us every time he’s on board, either through phone calls and letters,” said Nida Gabornes, who received the award on behalf of her husband, an OFW for the past 32 years.

Nida said that while her husband is away most of the time, he makes sure that their children always feel his guidance and love for them.

Carlos Asuncion, the head of the second award recipient, worked in Saudi Arabia as an engineer for 13 years.

Asuncion said constant communication was probably the key in keeping his family intact.

He said he made it a point to make his presence felt by constantly calling, writing letters and sending voice tapes to his family.

“Before it was difficult because communication was not easy. During my vacations I see to it that I spend time with them, we travel together to bond as a family,” he recounted, adding that he tried his best to guide his children properly even if he was far from them.

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  • avmphil

    Congratulations to both. Hard work and perseverance is the key to continuity, content and harmony with loved ones despite the odds.

    • kanoy

       JOBS NOT TROPHY’S
      What a bunch of ”NOTHING” there should be no such thing as an OFW rewarding people  for the governments inability to create or bring jobs to the RP to the people rather than forcing them to,,,,at their own cost with no government aid…pay for a job in another country that is able to create jobs not only for their citizens but ours as well….these ”trophy’s” are a real attempt to cover up government inefficiency

      • avmphil

        I share your grit. Perhaps this may be a distraction. But the system is unable to create jobs for its masses to lead. We blew up all opportunities since Independence. Choices are limited for many, but to seek elsewhere for decency in life. However, its’ the billions pouring into that keeps spinning conglomerates like BDO, PNB and PAL. Figure out who holds the realm of power? For now, Malacanang can change the directions for the masses, but are we in sight round the corner brother?

      • kanoy

         Love and feel your response….although I must disagree with this>>But the system is unable to create jobs for its masses to lead>>but they can in two fold ways 1-infrastructure….sewage. water, sidewalks, cleaners, city roads, recycling plants all can be ran as government jobs 2 drop the 60/40 law and all its rules and regulations and open a true and free economy….until then provide no interest government loans to aid those choosing to become OFW

  • avmphil

    I share your grit. Perhaps this may be a distraction. But the system is unable to create jobs for its masses to lead. We blew up all opportunities since Independence. Choices are limited for many, but to seek elsewhere for decency in life. However, its’ the billions pouring into, that keeps spinning conglomerates like BDO, PNB and PAL. Figure out who holds the realm of power? For now, Malacanang can change the directions for the masses, but are we in sight for a change round the corner… brother?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MKYHSTOLFHNYOCVUPIRBFEGNFU Wilder

    Congrats to the winners….But here are the question for OWWA… Who selected the winners?..What are the requirements for winning this award?…How can someone be nominated if there is no previous announcements by OWWA?..For all the money, OWWA have taken from OFW..they cannot even inform through media that this award exist before they announce the winner….

    • sam_aquino

      good question… 

      no one knew about this, except OWWA??? 

  • randyaltarejos

    Use the chat room, through the internet. Mabuhay kayo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    OWWA as a government agency tasked to help OFWs is another useless source of bureaucratic red tapes. It has no purpose except to collect money from the sweat of working masses. It doesnt serve any useful purpose but add more hardships to the lives of OFWs.

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