Press Release
April 23, 2016

Villar SIPAG launches program for children of OFWs

Sen. Cynthia Villar will lead the launching of a program that seeks to address the challenges faced by the children of overseas Filipino workers through a summer workshop.

Villar SIPAG (Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance), in partnership with Beam & Go and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI) will conduct the first "Isang Seminar sa Pangkabuuang Kabutihan ng mga Anak OFW" at Laurel House, Mandaluyong City on April 23.

"We are expanding our OFW assistance program to reach out to the children of OFWs. It cannot be denied that many problems confront the children whose parents had to be away for a long time because of work abroad. The children also need our attention and assistance," Villar said.

About 100 children of OFWs will participate in the one-day summer workshop composed of discussions on perks and challenges of being an OFW child, saving money, and protection against cybercrime.

The seminar will also focus on providing tips to children of OFWs on good lifestyle, proper nutrition, spiritual and psychological growth.

Villar said the workshop will be a fun and engaging venue for OFW youth to interact with each other while providing special learning that will make them wiser, more responsible and more independent despite the absence of their parents.

Villar SIPAG also extends financial, livelihood, legal and repatriation assistance to OFWs in distress. Skills-up trainings and anti-scam symposiums are also held all over the country to help OFWs.

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