Kaagapay OFW Resource and Service Center, Incorporated, had successfully launched the Consultation on the Establishment Department OFWs last June 21, 2016 at Casa Blanca Restaurant, Sinsuat Avenue, Rosary Heights 10, Cotabato City. This consultation was organized in relation to the proposed establishment of a department that would call to the needs of overseas Filipino workers by the newly-elected President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. It aimed to meet the following objectives, to get the pulse of the stakeholders of establishing the Department of OFWs, discuss about Federalism and its possible implications to the OFWS and their families and the last one is to collect and consolidate the additional programs and services for OFWs and lobby to the newly-elected president.
It was actively attended by eighty (80) participants with sixty-four (64) females and sixteen (16) males from different of non – government organizations (NGOs), peoples organizations, Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs), Media groups and other progressive stakeholders. The participants where from the province of Maguindanao and city of Cotabato.
For the participants to have knowledge on what federalism is, Professor Reydan Lacson of Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) was invited to share on the topic. Through his imparting information to the participants, they get learning from the inputs he shared. During the open forum, some of the participants raised-up questions and clarifications while give additional information that leads to further understanding on the topic and others shared their own reflections.
In solidarity with the Muslim Ummah around the world during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Kaagapay Overseas Filipino Workers Resource and Service Center, Incorporated, in partnership with Kagkalimwa OFW Federation have served and distributed “sindol” to its pre-identified member beneficiaries in Cotabato City before breaking their fast. Sindol is a maguindanao term which means sweet delicacy of mix ingredients and it is best serves when it is still warm. The practice of Sindol is adding “sweet” on one’s soul and body.
This solidarity aims to make stronger the relation of Kaagapay and its member beneficiaries through being part of the festivity. Moreover, sharing of the task during the preparation and cooking enhances positive and productive bonding of each member.
It was on February 17-18, 2016, that a Culture of Peace Workshop was successfully conducted by Kaagapay through its Education, Training and Organizing (ETO) program among Alamada OFWs Organization Families, Friends and Relatives in Alamada, North Cotabato. It was held at the Barangay Hall of Kitacubong and was participated by twenty-eight (28) members with twenty-seven (27) females and one (1) male. This two-day workshop aims at improving the relation of the members and for them to better understand the concept of peace and commit themselves to practicing it.
The training started with an opening prayer led by Mrs. Marilyn Montenegro. Main topics were discussed by Vhong Fenis, the Deputy General for Katawhang Migrante of the Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Movement (MPPM). The participants actively involved in various workshops. In one of the workshops they were given three (3) questions on ‘What is Peace?’, ‘What is Conflict?’ and ‘What Peace You Want to Have?’ in which their answers were expressed through drawing. Another resource person is Hasmine Bayao who shared about the Perspective of Islamic Peace Building and its Rights.
The participants were given opportunities in sharing their reflections and learning from the two days training. They were thankful that it was conducted because they have acquired knowledge and learning from the given inputs and it helped each one of them in attaining personal peace for the collective improvement of their organization which would be helpful in resolving dynamics collectively.
The training on Herbal Processing was successfully conducted among Lower Glad ChrisMus OFW Families, Friends and Relatives Organization of Lower Glad, Midsayap North Cotabato last March 2, 2016 through the Micro- Enterprise Development (MED) program of Kaagapay. It was participated and attended by thirty-eight (38) members with fourteen (14) male and twenty-four (24) female including some Barangay Officials.
The activity started with a prayer followed by a welcome address given by Mr. Abelardo S. Ferrer, the organization’s president. Then Ging Gasa, the Executive Director and Coordinator of MED Program shared the objective of the activity which is mainly to reintroduce the herbal/traditional medicines for the members of the organization not to be dependent to Western medicines.
Five (5) members of the organizations gave their own expectations before the resource person, Ms. Nene Gallego of the Mindanao Tri-people Women Resource Center (MTWRC), gave the procedures on different processing methods of herbal products. After her inputs, instructions and explanation, the participants were grouped into three (3). Group 1 was tasked to make pipino soap while Group 2 was to make Lagundi Granules and Group 3 to make buyo and panyawan ointment. After an hour, each group showed their finished product to the entire group. They expressed their gratitude because they learn something very useful and could apply it for their family’s consumption and share it among the members.
Lastly, the members of the organization were glad that this training was conducted after expressing their interest to learn it because it was a good start for them to produce products that are beneficial to their health needs and help them generate income out of these products. It will help them develop the learning they gained from the training.
On February 04, 2016, Kaagapay through the Education, Training & Organizing (ETO) program conducted pre-employment orientation seminar (PEOS) at Barangay Sefegefen, Upi townof Maguindanao province. It was attended by eighty-nine (89) community members with seventy-five (75) females and fourteen (14) males together wit
Before the orientation started, a film on human trafficking was viewed after which an opening prayer was given by Mrs. Susan Abajero, a barangay official followed by barangay kagawad Lily Ignacio for the Welcome Address. Ms. Ignacio was thankful that Kaagapay selected their barangay for the PEOS. On February 10, 2016, another set of PEOS was conducted at Barangays Kibucay and Kibleg inUpi, Maguindanao. The orientation in Barangay Kibucay was attended by one hundred five (105) community members with seventy-three (73) females and thirty-two (32) males including the Grade 9 students from Bugabungan National High School - Kibucay Annex with the presence of their Teacher In-Charge, Mrs.Editha P. Olvido. The orientation was started by an opening prayer by Pastor Fernando Landol then followed by barangay kagawad Noel Hugo for the welcome address. He was thankful because it was the first time that such orientation was conducted in their community.h the participation of some barangay officials.
In Barangay Kibleg, on the other hand, the orientation was attended by forty-three (43) community members with forty-one (41) females and two (2) males including some barangay officials. The opening prayer was given by barangay kagawad Salindatu Tuas and the welcome address was given by Barangay kagawad Mercedita Librada, the Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative.
With the objective of equipping the community members on the right information on trafficking and illegal recruitment, the orientation focuses on providing inputs on the current trends of the experiences of OFWs, the issues of illegal recruitment and how the community could be involved in fighting against illegal recruitment.
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