Qatar-based Filipinos seek international recognition

September 14, 2010
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Two Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will be Qatar’s entry to the worldwide search for the 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards in the Philippines.

Dayang Dayang Sitti Jaafar, welfare officer of the Philippine Overseas Labour Office-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, said the two nominations submitted to their office were just in time for the September 17 deadline.

He said that the remaining time could be used by other community groups to send their entries for the coveted awards that give special recognition to outstanding achievements of migrant workers and their families and promote best practices in managing family challenges, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

The nomination of Frank Jamandre, chairman of Philippine Independence Day Organising Committee 2010 (PINOC 2010), was openly conferred by his group, Ilonggo Beez, but the second selection was submitted to the POLO-OWWA office in Qatar with no fanfare.

PINOC 2010 in June raised QR40,000 ($11,000) thanks to the successful holding of Philippine Independence Day celebrations. Some of the proceeds were used to purchase 15 one-way Doha to Manila plane tickets for distressed Filipina workers who had taken refuge at the POLO-OWWA.

Jamandre will represent the OFWs in Qatar at the global conference of the US-based Solidarity International, a global network that looks after the rights and welfare of migrant workers. The conference will be held in Indonesia on September 24.

Criteria for nominations include wholesome family, civic community involvement of OFW and family, success in OFW and family’s education and/or profession and success in managing family finances.

Two winners will be chosen from land-based and sea-based categories as national winners during the awarding ceremony in December this year.

Two more special awards will be conferred including Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects and Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship, the paper said.

The annual awards aim to serve as role models for the OFW population, promote success stories about OFW families’ endurance over the challenges on their family relations and uplift the image of OFW families in the community and highlight the role of the OFW family acting as a group/unit in the attainment of socio-civic, educational, professional and material success.

         

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