Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bislig OFW dependents join values formation, financial literacy seminar

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 (PIA) - Some 20 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) dependents actively participated in the Values Formation and Financial Literacy Seminar facilitated by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Caraga recently held at Florland Resort, San Vicente, Bislig City.

OWWA Programs and Services OIC Chief Ma. Ireen Cambaling said “the activity aims to provide the OFW dependents mainly the youth, insights on financial management and likewise to reorient them on essential values they can apply in their daily practice.”

In her opening statement, Bislig City councilor Margarita Garay, Committee Chair on Women and Family, shared her insights on OFW family relations.

“Being an OFW is never easy but because of their love for the family, they chose to work overseas in order to provide the needs of their loved ones. However, some OFWs lost love and time in exchange of money,” expressed Garay, who is also a mother of an OFW.

Aside from being a successful entrepreneur herself, Garay also added inspiration to the youth by citing a story of a utility worker who turns into a successful entrepreneur.

“Success comes when you put your creative idea into action,” Garay claimed. 

To provide the participants deeper understanding on Financial Literacy, Cambaling also facilitated the workshops.

Moreover, Rev. Fr. Edwin Decena focused his lecture on Values Formation by giving emphasis on the essence of Family Values.

Decena conveyed that, the family is the most important bond where everyone can find the sense of belongingness.

 “It is the family who takes care of our well-being and also who gives us teachings that guides us throughout our lives and these are the values we carry everywhere we go,” added Decena.

Sylvia Daroy, President of the Youth OFW dependents organization in Bislig and also an OWWA scholar, opined that the seminar drawn her to realize the value of the family in molding them to become better individuals.


Similarly, Rexchele Ilamina articulated, the activity instilled in them the importance of saving and managing finances not only for the present but also in preparation for the future. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)