GMA Network, through its international business unit GMA International, supported the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in its celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day at the POEA office in Mandaluyong City on June 6.
“GMA International salutes all overseas Filipino workers who continue to bring pride to our country and we support POEA’s advocacy of extending much-needed services to our kababayans abroad,” expressed GMA Network VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the POEA.”
With the theme, “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng OFW”, overseas Filipino workers who visited the POEA office were treated to welfare and health services as well as livelihood assistance from various government agencies and private stakeholders.
“GMA Network has been one of our active partners in advancing the interests of OFWs. It has likewise been a big help in disseminating information to the public about our services and programs and in our campaign against illegal recruitment and trafficking in person,” says POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes.
Through its existing partnership with the POEA, GMA Network donated television sets to POEA offices all over the country in order to provide comfort and relaxation to visiting OFWs and give them access to quality entertainment and responsible news delivery through GMA programs.
Visitors were able to avail of free polio vaccination, medical consultations, as well as medicines and vitamins, courtesy of the Department of Health, the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and POEA’s medical clinic association partners. Government agencies such as SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG Fund and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) also provided information on their respective programs and services while POEA lawyers offered free legal assistance.
Moreover, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Association (OWWA) catered to concerns on the many programs and benefits that it offers its members around the world. Through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Filipinos returning permanently to the Philippines were presented with livelihood and entrepreneurship programs. Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had a demonstration of the different skill sets offered by its accredited technical vocational institutions. Interested individuals who visited the different booths availed of free haircuts and massages. POEA’s partners from the private sector also donated raffle prizes, conducted fun games and provided snacks and other souvenir items.
The day’s program also included the unveiling of a mural along the POEA perimeter wall, which forms part of POEA’s anti-illegal recruitment campaign. The mural was designed and painted by member artists of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement, an organization which advocates peace-building among the youth through innovative and creative strategies.