The Pre-Employment and Departure Division (PEADD) of MOLE’s Overseas Workers Welfare Bureau (OWWB) conducted an Orientation Seminar on Realities of Working Abroad for the Bangsamoro Overseas Workers in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on July 14-16, 2022 at M Bistro, Matampay, Marawi City.

This was led by OWWB Director Annuarudin Tayuan who talked about Travel Tips and Procedures and Illegal Recruitment, PEADD Chief Abdulatip Pinguiaman who presented the Program Overview, Realities and Challenges of Working Abroad, Ms. Raiza Malingco who talked about Employment Contract, Ms. Zaika Mandi who explained Financial Literacy, Chief Arthur Dalid who talked about the programs of MOLE-OWWB, Ms. Jasmin Mango who discussed about Health and Safety; and the overall lady of ceremony Ms. Fatimadeya Ontuwa.

The objective of the orientation is to prepare our OBWs and those who intend to work abroad on possible realities/challenges that they may encounter while working abroad especially designed for Overseas Household Service Workers (OHSW) and semi-skilled workers originating from BARMM. This also includes how they become fully aware of what life would be like away from home, the rules and regulations they need to abide by, the customs and traditions they need to respect, and other related concerns.

Some of the participants shared their experiences in working abroad. During the open forum, some issues and concerns were discussed and were given some possible solutions. Also, the participants thanked the ministry for extending to them the said program which will serve as their weapon to combat the challenges of working abroad. It was co-facilitated by the MOLE-Lanao del Sur Field Office OIC-Head Ms. Norolain Dimaluna and her staff. There were 150 participants who took part in the said orientation seminar.