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Migrant Workers Day kicks off in Surigao City

The "Araw ng Pasasalamat 2010" or the Migrant Workers Day officially opens in Surigao City today, June 7, 2010.

Thousands of OFWs along with their families throughout the region converged in the newly refurbished provincial gymnasium this morning to celebrate this annual gathering.

Organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) – Caraga region, the event carries the theme "OFWs: Tagumpay sa Hamon ng Panahon, Kaagapay sa Pagsulong."

OWWA Caraga Director Dr. Marieta Lumawag said that the activity will showcase livelihood trade fair in close coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), cultural presentation featuring "Sajaw Surigao" Performing Arts, medical-dental mission with the support from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and some volunteer doctors from the City Health Office and the Prov’l Health Office.

Lumawag also announced that Globe Communications and Banco de Oro (BDO) are their partners in the celebration. "Merong raffle draw ang Globe at cell phones na ipamimigay. Partner po natin yung Globe sa celebration at saka BDO. BDO is also set to give cash awards."

Lumawag also said that in recognition of their hard work and sacrifices abroad, there will be an awarding of outstanding OFWs. One award each for Outstanding Land-Based and Sea-Based OFWs. Recognition will also be given to the most active OFW Family Circle in the region.

Meanwhile, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Caraga Coordinator Marieta Bellotindos confirmed that at least 19,973 job openings for overseas workers are also available in the event.

"As of today, I have with me 19,973 job orders from the 12 agencies invited. Jobs ranged from managerial, skilled (welders), domestic helpers and medical," said Bellotindos.

"This is open to everyone," she concluded. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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