OWWA announces MOFYA 2013 awardees
Butuan City – The regional office 13 of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Thursday has announced the winners for the Model Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family of the Year Award 2013.
In a press statement, the OWWA-13 identified the MOFYA 2013 winners as Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Jim Ronquillo, a resident in Tago, Surigao del Sur province and Teofilo C. Picante and Family in Gigaquit town, Surigao del Norte.
Winners will receive Php 20,000.00 pesos cash each plus trophy, phone kit and Globe cell cards.
The MOFYA 2013 winners were thoroughly screened based on the following criteria: Wholesome OFW Family (50 percent), Civic/Community Involvement of the OFW and Family (20 percent), Success in OFW/Children’s/Family Members Education (20 percent), and Success in Managing Family Finances (10 percent).
Ronquillo is an active OFW working for more than 21 years at the Rezayat Co. Ltd., Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He started as Site Clerk in 1991 with a salary of Php 7,000.00 pesos only. Due to his perseverance and loyalty, he was promoted twice and is now the company’s foreman.
From his meager salary, Ronquillo was able to send her wife Melanie to college until she graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from St. Theresa’s College.
Ronquillo’s eldest son, James, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He ranked no. 7 in November 2011 Civil Engineer Licensure Examination. On November 28, 2013, James is scheduled to fly for Houston, Texas as representative of his employer, NG Dumlao Enterprise for 5 years.
The second son, Melvin, graduated this year Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mindanao-Iligan Institute of Technology with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was a representative of the Philippines to Japan under the JENESYS Program. He ranked no. 5 in September 2013 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination.
Ronquillo’s other children; Joshua grade 7 and Jan Michael grade 5 are also consistent honor students. The family scholar, Sheila May is now 3rd year college with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education at St. Therese College.
On November 3, 2013, this OFW will come home and stay for good. The family will soon establish a grocery store from their savings.
On the other hand, Picante is also an active OFW for 38 years. He was born eldest among the 11 siblings. Having been raised from a fisherman father and a farmer mother, Teofilo started to work in the farm at the age of 9 to augment family’s income and to sustain his sibling’s daily needs. He supported his education until high school by working part-time as a fisherman.