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Former OFWs receive plantilla positions, teaching kits through

The awarding ceremony was graced by the officials of DOLE and OWWA in Region 8. In attendance were DOLE RO8 Director Yahya A. Centi, DOLE OIC-Assistant Director Atty. Cecilio I. Baleña, OIC of the Technical Support Services Division (TSSD) Engr. Emmanuel Y. de la Cruz and Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Cristina T. Longjas. Ms. Mary Catherine O. Pastor, OIC-Regional Director of OWWA and Ms. Catherine O. Doblon, NRCO Regional Coordinator for Eastern Visayas were also present during the activity.






Aside from the teaching positions, each beneficiary received a P20,000.00 worth of teaching kit composed of one (1) laptop and one (1) printer.






Director Yahya A. Centi delivered an inspirational message and congratulated all the former OFWs who are now professional teachers. He shared how he can relate to all their stories of hardwork and sacrifices being a former OFW himself many years back in Saudi Arabia.

“My warmest congratulations to all of you for choosing to become teachers and heed the call of the government to return to our country. Now that you are all teachers, I hope that your commitment will not waver”, said Director Centi.

Director Centi likewise advised the beneficiaries to take care of the equipment. He said, “I hope you will be good stewards of these teaching kits so that it will serve its purpose of assisting you to become more efficient and effective teachers.” 

The venue was filled with emotions when the SPIMS beneficiaries were given the chance to say their messages.

Tears of joy and gratitude were shed as Ms. Rosalayn E. Boco, former household service worker in Kuwait, shared her struggles before successfully getting into the position she is at right now.

“When I learned about this SPIMS program, I am just so happy and hoped for the positive outcome. Now that I am already a teacher, I can’t help but shed tears because finally I can assure myself that my parents are proud of me. Thank you NRCO and DOLE for being patient in facilitating our requests”, said Boco.

SPIMS is an OFW reintegration convergence project of DOLE, DepEd, and other government agencies such as PRC, CHED, and TESDA among others which provides opportunities for OFW LET passers to return, find employment and practice their profession as teachers.

The program aims to gain back the Filipino workers overseas, particularly the OFW LET Passers and reverse out migration by enhancing their skills and providing them with the option to stay in the Philippines to work as teachers.

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