OWWA-12 launches annual Model Overseas Filipino Workers Family of the Year Award

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 10 (PNA) – The search is on for the 2015 Model Overseas Filipino Workers Family of the Year Award (MOFYA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-12) announced Saturday.

Marilou Sumalinog, OWWA-12 regional supervisor, said the search aims to recognize OFWs and their members of the families with good standing in their respective communities.

Sumalinog said six former OFWs from different parts of Region 12 are nominees in this year’s search.Region 12, also known as SOCCSKSARGEN region, is composed of the provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and South Cotabato and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and Gen. Santos.

Sumalinog said the search is on its 11th year now.

She said the criteria for nominations are as follows: the family is headed by an OFW who is formerly or presently working abroad with a formal or informal contract of employment or work permit, and with proof of OWWA membership; the nominee-OFW, either married or single, is the breadwinner of the family and has at least four years of work experience as an OFW; the family is known as solid/stable family in the locality; and the family is financially stable.

Regional winners for land based and sea-based OFWs, according to Sumalinog, will represent Region 12 in the national MOFYA search later this year.

The national awardees will be chosen from among the 17 sets of nominees and two more OFWs will be awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects and Outstanding Achievements in Entrepreneurship.

Started 10 years ago, the annual MOFYA search aims to to give recognition to OFWs and their families who have exhibited financial stability, strong family ties, outstanding performance in community services and success in business ventures. (PNA)