Filipino contract workers came in droves to renew their membership in the country’s Overseas Workers Welfare Administration at the Daidai Social Hall where the Philippine Consulate General in Guam has been conducting a mobile consular outreach the past four days.
However, the OWWA membership application drive was cut short to three days following a request by Filipino workers on Tinian for OWWA representative Julia Fabian to also visit them there.
Fabian also had no choice but to prematurely halt OWWA processing on Saipan because she already exhausted the receipts for the service.
Consul Maria Paz Cortes said her records show that 1,609 Filipinos applied for OWWA membership. OWWA allocated only 2,000 receipts for both Saipan and Rota. That’s not counting the impromptu OWWA outreach on Tinian.
OWWA is a Philippine government agency that handles the welfare and wellbeing of Filipino workers abroad. OWWA members are entitled to benefits for medical/healthcare, disability and death insurance, education and training, worker assistance and on-site services, and social and family welfare assistance.
Cortes said this outreach on Saipan proved that there’s an overwhelming demand for OWWA services on the island.
She said she will ask the OWWA main office in Manila to once again have Fabian join their team when they hold a fourth outreach at the end of the year.
The four-day outreach also accepted 360 passports applications, released 252 passports (with 30 left unclaimed), and processed 97 requests for notarial services.
Cortes said she observed that by-appointment and pre-processing seemed to have alleviated most of the overcrowding problems encountered by the consulate during the first two outreaches.
Cortes will also request the inclusion of Overseas Employment Certificate services in their next outreach.
Cortez’s team for the Oct. 7-10 outreach is made up of passport officer Francisco Magno, assistant passport officer Emmanuel Garcia, notarial services’ Ivy Tengco and Margie Morales, and cashier Fides Sang-Ollay. They leave for Rota today.
The United Filipino Organization helped out during the outreach while the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa and its apostolic administrator, Fr. Ryan Jimenez, let them use the Daidai Social Hall.