TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE--- Teaching kits that contain android tablet, voice aid lapel, dictionary, planner, personalized bag and other school were awarded to nine (9) former Overseas Filipino Workers who are teachers at the Department of Education through the Department of Labor and Employment National Reintegration Center for OFWs Project “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir”.
The awarding ceremony was held at the DOLE Training Center on March 24, 2017 led by Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Roy Buenafe. Also present during the event were NRCO Regional Coordinator Catherine Doblon and DOLE Field Office Heads.
The SPIMS beneficiaries are Rissa Mae Villamor, Rey Locion, Chonalyn Pada, Michael Pernites, Nena Nida Candiza, Riza Cecilia Lago, Gemalie Durotan, Hannah Marie Dueñas, and Lovely Shena Repolido. Most of the beneficiaries were working as teachers in the Asian countries, while few of them worked as household service workers and tutor in the Middle East.
Speaking in behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Michael Pernites said he is so lucky and blessed to have availed of the program. He was planning to quit his job as teacher in Thailand for 10 years but had to endure working abroad for the sake of his family. He took notice of the SPIMS project through the internet and decided to take a chance and true enough, he was given a Teacher I position and now teaching at Can- Adieng Elementary School in Ormoc City. He still doing what his passion is, that is teaching, at the same he enjoys quality time with his family.
Another beneficiary shared her story before she got into the project. Ms. Riza Cecilia Lago said her story is not all cherries on top of the icing cake. She was the bread winner of her family, and a battered wife. These reasons pushed her to leave her children and work as teacher in Thailand.
“Working abroad and being away from your children was the toughest part of my life, but the positive attitude to face hardships brought out the best in me. Now I am happier doing the job I love in my beloved country and personally attended to the needs of my children,” Lago said.
“Sa Pinas, Ikaw and Ma’am/Sir” project is one of the reintegration programs under the Assist WELL program of DOLE. The office facilitates employment to our OFW LET passers who wish to work in the country as teacher. It encourages our OFWs to grab the opportunity and eventually reverse our migration through this employment facilitation.