Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao (fourth from left) along with LGU Bayambang local officials and representatives from
OWWA, DOLE, and CFO give the thumbs up to a stronger local response to the challenges of migration.
It was a sight to behold. Almost one thousand officers and members of the Bayambang OFW and Family Association from the 77 barangays of Bayambang attended the first ever municipal-wide OFW and Family Associations Convention held at Balon Bayambang Events Center on September 6, 2019.
Organized by the local government of Bayambang, Pangasinan, the one-day information campaign on government livelihood projects for overseas Filipinos featured talks from the National Economic and Development Authority, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Technical Education Skills Development Authority about their respective programs and services for overseas Filipinos. In the afternoon, resource persons from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Department of Labor and Employment also discussed their host of programs and benefits available to the migrants.
The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), represented by Rodrigo Garcia, Jr. and Andrea Anolin, also presented CFO’s services, programs and initiatives such as pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) for emigrants; anti-trafficking initiatives; its financial literacy initiative PESO Sense; Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL); Philippine Schools Overseas (PSO); BaLinkBayan; Gawad ng Pangulo; Month of Overseas Filipinos (MOF); and the Migration, Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards.
The event was initiated by Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao. A former OFW himself, Mayor Quiambao in his message enjoined the participants to maximize the programs and services offered by government agencies for migrants and their families. He also lauded the initiative of the Bayambang OFW and Family Associations to form a credit cooperative, and encouraged them to make use of the skills training and enterprise development opportunities to address poverty and uplift their economic condition.
At the end of the event, LGU Bayambang, through its Migrant Desk Officer Gerenerio Rosales, committed to work with CFO to enhance their programs for OFWs and their families in the municipality. The CFO in turn expressed its admiration for LGU Bayambang for spearheading the well-organized and well-attended event, and offered to assist the local government through partnership for programs such as CFO’s BaLinkBayan, PESO Sense, and anti-trafficking campaign to strengthen the municipality’s migration and development program.
Bayambang Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao discusses his administration’s migration initiatives.
The 900 plus strong Bayambang OFW and Family Associations in full attendance.
Mr. Rodrigo Garcia and Ms. Andrea Anolin of the CFO started their presentation with a game to spice
up their discussion of CFO’s programs and services.