OWWA recognizes Cordillera’s 2012 MOFYA winners

Lito Dar / PIA
Posted: 15-Oct-2012 / 5 years 5 weeks ago

BAGUIO CITY, (PIA) - - The Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) families of Otelia Saloquen of Sallapadan, Abra and Alberto Antonio of Tuba, Benguet  are  Cordillera’s Model OFW Family of the year Award (MOFYA) 2012 regional winners in the Land-based and Sea-based category, respectively.

Otelia Saloquen, a widow, worked as a household service worker first in Athens, Greece from 1985 to 1987 and then in Hongkong from 1988 to 1997. When she returned in 1998, she continued  her work as a teacher in  her  hometown in Abra.
Otelia and her late husband Solomon have four children who are now all professionals – a dentist, mechanical engineering graduate, nursing graduate and a mass communication graduate. The family runs the Riverside Café, a variety store, a videoke business and a dental clinic.
Otelia, now 69,  is also  active member of their community and still teaches  Sunday school.
Meantime, Alberto Antonio has been working since 1999 with Magsaysay Maritime Corp,   a leading provider of quality crew and crewing services for the world's maritime and cruise industries, where he started as a room attendant and is now working as cabin steward. Alberto and his wife, Milagros,  have six children – five sons and a daughter. Two of their sons already graduated from college and have work, while the rest are still in school.
The Antonio family’s income is augmented by a vinegar fermentation business, selling frozen goods and carpentry production. The family is also an active member of the church and lead the church’s music ministry.
The Saloquen and the Antonio families will represent the region and will be competing with the winners in the 16 other regions for the national search in Manila this December.
The MOFYA regional awarding  was held at Pines View Hotel here on  Tuesday with   Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Cordillera Welfare Office (OWWA-CAR) Regional Director Manuela Peña, Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan, and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan spearheading the awarding of the  cheques, plaque of recognition and other gift items from the award sponsors.
Other nominees who were also given certificate of recognition  were the families of Eladia Acosta of Tabuk City, Kalinga; Anthony Anniban of La Trindad, Benguet; Leonardo Biasura of Tuba, Benguet; Francisca Gacoscos of Itogon, Benguet; Inocencia Mayos of Baguio City and Sario Pio of Itogon, Benguet.
Peña, in a statement,  said the MOFYA is an annual event of OWWA since 2005, whose objective is to give proper recognition to the OFWs and their families from both the land-based and sea-based sectors,  to highlight their successes which exemplify the best practices of OFW families towards optimizing the gains of overseas migration.
This year's Regional Search Selection Committee  was spearheaded by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Assistant Regional Director Ted Delson and with Department of Foreign Affairs Baguio Regional Consular Office Director Edgar Canta, PIA-CAR Regional Director Helen Tibaldo, Baguio Association of Barangay Council president, Councilor  Joel Alangsab, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Central Philippines represented by Fe Damaguen and the Catholic Diocese of Baguio represented by Erlinda Tindo.
The MOFYA nominees were judged based on the criteria: Wholesome OFW Family (50%), Civic/Community Involvement of OFW and Family (20%), Success in OFW and/or Family Member Education and Profession (20%) and Success in managing family finances (10%).  (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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