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.
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.
Through the Education Training and Organizing (ETO) Program of Kaagapay, a Workshop on Leadership Building was organized among children of OFWs last January 17, 2016 at UDFI Center, Rosary Heights V, Cotabato City that was participated by twenty (20) children of OFWs with thirteen (13) female and seven (7) male participants.
The objective of the said activity was given by Hosnah G. Bayao of the Legal Assistance and Counseling Program of Kaagapay. According to her, being a leader is a commitment with perseverance. This activity will guide the newly formed organization of the children of OFWs on how to maximize such commitment and perseverance for the organization to be as effective as possible.
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.
On January 20, 2016, Kaagapay OFW Resource and Service Center Incorporated successfully conducted the Pre-employment Orientation Seminar (PEOS) among the Grade 10 students of Notre Dame Village National High School in Cotabato City after their flag ceremony. There were two hundred fifteen (215) students - seventy-eight (78) males and one hundred thirty-seven (137) females including the Graduating Education Students (Intern) from CCSPC - who attended the said orientation.
This school-based PEOS was conducted to provide awareness to the students about overseas employment and the acts and consequences of illegal recuitment and also for them to understand the proper and legal way of applying for a job abroad in order for them to avoid being victims of illegal recruitment should they plan to work in other country.