Owwa honors Model OFW Families for 2012

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Northern Mindanao has named awardees of this year’s Search for the Model OFW Family in recognition rites held at the Grand Caprice Restaurant last September 26.

The winners are the families of Timoteo Supangan of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental for the landbased category and Chief Mate Noe Preciado of Calamba, Misamis Occidental for the seabased category.

Mate Noe Preciado
CHIEF Mate Noe Preciado and his family receive recognition as Model OFW Family for Seabased Category. With him photo are Dole Director Johnson Cañete, Gov. Oscar Moreno, Mila Pace of Globe Telecom and OWWA Regional Director Petrona Bergado. (Contributed photo)

A special award for Outstanding Achievement Entrepreneurship was given to the Preciado family while the Outstanding Achievement in Community Service was awarded to Ernie Neri and family of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon.


Other nominees for the landbased category include the families of Ernie Neri of Malaybalay City who was nominated by the Diocesan Migrants Commission of the Archdiocese of Malaybalay; Ramon Usaraga of Iligan City; Joseph Badilla of Cagayan de Oro and Justino Capinpuyan Jr., who was nominated by the Couples for Christ.

Supangan worked as a Pest Control Technician in Saudi Arabia but returned to the Philippines for good due to health reasons.

He and his wife Ida have one child who is now working as a staff nurse at the King Abdulazziz Hospital in Al Hasa, Saudi Arabia.

The couple had invested parts of their earnings to cultivate agricultural lots, planted fruit trees, coconut, falcatta and rubber.

Preciado, on the other hand, started working overseas in 1986. He and his wife Amelita have four children. The eldest son Gaylord, worked overseas for five years but stopped after a motorcycle accident.

The couple considers the accident as a blessing since it brought them a more enriching religious life.

Preciado expressed admiration on his wife`s ability to successfully manage the family`s finances. The family operates a function room and catering services, commercial spaces for rent, hollow blocks making, sand and gravel business and a farm lot planted with fruit trees, coconuts and other lumber species.

The other nominees for the seabased category include the families of Capt. Teddy Lasque, who was nominated by the Municipal Local Government Unit of Maramag, Bukidnon; 2nd Mate Mario Patalinghug of Iligan City, a nominee of Star of the Sea – Iligan City; and 2nd Mate Gregorio Quinto, who was nominated by the Provincial Local Government Unit of Misamis Occidental.

The Board of Judges for the MOFYA 2012 in Region X is composed of Sister Mary Grace Barcinas, Capt. Beunaventura Barete, Dr. Rosalinda Huerbana, Fleurdelis Jaro, Mila Pace, Jose Sibi, OWWA Director Petrona Bergado and Jhonson Cañete, director of the Department of Labor and Employment as chair.
The criteria for judging include wholesome OFW family (50 percent), civic/ community involvement of OFW and family (20 percent), success in OFW and/or family members education or profession (20 percent) and success in managing family finances (10 percent).

The Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) focuses on OFWs and families who exemplified strong family ties, contributed positive outcome in the community where they reside, financially harnessed the gains from the OFWs overseas employment and have educationally supported the members of the family. It is an annual event of OWWA that gives honor to OFWs and their families.

The two winning families will represent Region X in the National MOFYA Search, the awarding of which is set on December 6, 2012 in Manila. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 03, 2012.

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