Manila, Philippines. The Overseas Welfare Administration’s (OWWA) board of trustees has passed a resolution to establish a flagship program for the safety and welfare of the children of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), a report says.
The OWWA Board of Trustees, chaired by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma and Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople, approved Board Resolution Number 7 on the formation of an OFW Children’s Circle (OCC) on July 15, according to a statement.
According to OWWA, the OCC will assist children of OFWs in showcasing their creative skills and talents, improving their social skills, utilizing their coping mechanisms, and raising their awareness of youth-centered and civic advocacies such as the environment and climate change, values reorientation, digital literacy, and anti-drugs and substance abuse.
The initiative will also help the children by developing camaraderie, discovering prospective leaders, and encouraging their participation in policy and program planning.
The OWWA Board of Trustees set aside at least P15 million for the program’s initial implementation, which will cover operational and administrative costs.
The OCC will be implemented first by OWWA’s regional welfare offices in the National Capital Region, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, and Davao Region.
Following that, all OWWA regional welfare offices will fully execute the program.