The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) established a new program benefit called OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) Children’s Circle (OCC), with the objective of safeguarding the well-being of children of overseas migrant workers.
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On July 15, 2022, the Board of Trustees headed by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma with Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople issued Resolution No. 7, which created the OCC.
OFW Children Circle Community to Help the Youth
The OWWA agency said the OCC aims to help OFW children achieve their maximum potential in community- and nation-building, according to a press release Tuesday.
This event will also address the impact of immigration to society, such as disconnection from an OFW-parent, as well as negative impacts on their mental health and well-being.
Not to mention the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and other global catastrophes, the agency stated that its initiatives and activities aim to assist youngsters to cope with the negative consequences and social costs of emigration, as well as the impact of epidemic diseases.
The objective of OFW Children’s Circle
The purpose of this OFW Children’s Circle is mainly for the youth who have been affected by the migration of their parents overseas.
We are all aware that Filipino migrant workers have made the difficult decision to work abroad in order to provide a better life for their families. However, this decision to leave the country also comes with a number of risks and challenges, not just for the workers themselves but also for their families back home.
One of the most difficult challenges faced by children of migrant workers is the feeling of loneliness and isolation due to the absence of their parents. This can often lead to problems at school and difficulty making friends. The OFW Children’s Circle aims to address these issues by providing a support system for the children of migrant workers.
Through the program, children will be able to connect with other kids in similar situations, share their experiences, and receive guidance and support from adults who understand what they are going through.
Here is the post of the announcement about the formation of the OCC as shared on OWWA Official Facebook Page:
A Platform for Talent and Skills Development
It will give them a platform to exhibit their artistic talents and skills, enhance socialization abilities and harness coping strategies, and promote awareness of youth-focused and civic activities such as environmental protection and climate change mitigation, value reorientation, digital literacy, and anti-drugs education.
It also aims to create camaraderie among OFW children, develop future leaders among them, and encourage their participation in policy and program development.
The budget for the program has been set at PHP15 million, which will be used to cover operating and administrative costs.
The OWWA organization announced that it will initially be implemented by its Regional Welfare Offices in the National Capital Region, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, and Davao Region. The program will eventually be implemented by all OWWA Regional Welfare Offices.
The OFW Children’s Circle is a new program from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration that aims to help the children of migrant workers. The program will provide support and guidance to kids who are struggling due to the absence of their parents. Additionally, the program will also offer a platform for talent and skills development. The budget for the project is set at PHP15 million, with which operating and administrative expenses will be covered.
The OWWA organization announced that it will initially be implemented by its Regional Welfare Offices in the National Capital Region, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, and Davao Region.
We hope that there will be plenty of opportunities for the OFW Children’s Circle by OWWA to help the children of migrant workers in the Philippines.