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Parangal sa matatag na pamilyang OFW

Every year, millions of Filipinos seek for work aboard. The lure is irresistible: a chance to earn double or triple than what they would typically receive back home.

Juan and Juana dela Cruz often used to represent Overseas Filipino Workers. Having a recent conversation with them, I learned about their struggles and goals, why they had to work abroad apart from the obvious reason that they had to earn more money to help provide for their family needs.

Men and women like them ignore the fear, and later, the pain brought about not only by homesickness but also of backbreaking work so they could provide a better life for the family they have left behind.

They are the testament to the best of Filipino values: love of family, respect for education, and a willingness to sacrifice self for both.

The life of an OFW is not always glittery as it seems, and no one knows this better than fellow OFWs. They do significant efforts in fostering goodwill, enhancing and promoting the image of the Filipino as a competent, responsible and dignified worker, and for greatly contributing to the socio-economic development of their communities, the country and the country where they work.

In the Cordillera, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is recognizing OFW families through its Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (Mofya) program.

The Mofya or Parangal sa matatag na Pamilyang OFW is a medium recognizing the achievements of OFWs and their families in managing the impact of overseas employment to their families. It serves as a strategic mechanism for exemplifying the best practices of OFW families towards optimizing the gains of migration.

The award also recognizes the ultimate results of OFW family success in terms of enterprise development and generation of employment opportunities.

This year, there are eight land-based category OFW families and two sea-based category OFW families who exemplify the best practices of OFW family and will compete in 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year.

For the sea-based category, the nominees are Efren B. Bunagan and family of Sallapadan, Abra and Roberto D. Vizcarra and family of Guisad, Baguio City. For the land-based category, the finalists are Wilfredo B. Bose and family of Sallapadan, Abra; Emiterio F. Pinzon and family of Luna, Apayao; Samson U. Agraan and family of Luna, Apayao; Saturnino T. Valenciano and family of Pinsao Proper, Baguio City; Viola G. Miguel and family of Pinsao Proper, Baguio City; Remedios Liwanen and family of Benguet; Geronima B. Dulnuan and family of Kiangan, Ifugao and Mercy B. Agnapan and family of Sagada, Mountain Province.

These OFW families were selected by OWWA-CAR from a pool of OFW families in the Cordillera. They will be judged based on the following: Wholesomeness of OFW family; success in education or profession of OFW and/or family members; success in managing family finances and civic and community involvement of the OFW and his/her family.

The Mofya is for OFW families to show the world that the Filipino worker brings with him or her, the essence of a noble race and a genuine intention to be of service not just to his or her family, but to the community and the whole country as well.

For more information about the Mofya or visit www.dole.gov.ph or www.owwa.gov.ph.

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