The Philippine Consulate General in Guam extended its Overseas Workers Welfare Administration mobile outreach services to Tinian last Thursday, resulting in 148 new members of the program.
OWWA representative Julie Fabian and United Filipino Organization past president Oliva Yana flew to the island last Oct. 10 and immediately went to work accepting OWWA membership and renewal applications
“I am very happy that the OWWA administration responded favorably to our request. I thank Ms. Fabian for spending a day here on Tinian to serve our fellow Filipinos,” said United Filipinos Association in Tinian president Rodney Cabarles.
Cabarles was instrumental in making the one-day OWWA mobile outreach on Tinian a reality after the UniFil president wrote to OWWA administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon, through the Philippine Consulate General in Guam, to include Tinian as part of the OWWA representative’s itinerary during her scheduled four-day visit to Saipan.
The OWWA outreach on Tinian was held at JC Café, which Cabarles said was a perfect location for the event because of the restaurant’s accessibility.
“With the support of JC Café manager Lot Bunao and her staff, the activity turned out to be well organized and successful. Thank you also to Ms. Susan Cruz for providing the meals to our OWWA representative Ms. Julie Fabian and company,” he said.
For Tinian Marianas Lions Club president and UniFil secretary Liz Hofschneider, the OWWA outreach has resulted in many Filipinos on Tinian now able to breathe a collective sigh of relief because they know they are now covered by the Philippine government’s OWWA benefits.
“We also would like to recognize the help of Mr. Jim Casauran and all others who helped disseminate the information about this OWWA visit. We also appreciate the services of UniFil officers who assisted in the event, the Philippine Consulate General in Guam, Ms. Olive Yana, Ms. Frances Esguerra, and JC Café`staff,” said Cabarles.