OFW’s opposed newly appointed OWWA Board
Saturday, 22 August 2009, Riyadh - An online Petition is now gaining momentum demanding the recall of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s new appointee to OWWA Board of Trustees.
Just recently, PGMA appointed Mr. Joselito “Jojo” Sapio as new member of OWWA Board of Trustees and according to the Petition, the new appointee was GMA’s election Campaign Manager in Hongkong and the founder of “GMA Pa rin Movement.”
The said online Petition demanded that the conduct of selecting land-based OFW representation in the Board should be more impartial, transparent and independent.
The Petition demands includes:
- Increase the number of OFW representatives to the OWWA Board and reduce those from the government.
- Make the OWWA work concretely for the welfare needs of OFWs and their families by scrapping the OWWA Omnibus Policies and promulgating a pro-OFW Charter.
- The OWWA Fund should never be used for the personal and political agenda of a few.
“For the past years, OWWA has consistently been questioned with regard to the management and allocation of its funds. One of the most controversial issues involved the transfer of the OWWA Medicare Fund to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in 2004. This was made after Health Sec. Francisco Duque (then head of PhilHealth) wrote to PGMA endorsing the transfer, saying such would have a “significant impact” on the impending election at that time.” the Petition said.
A year ago PGMA rejected an online petition asking PGMA to appoint Dr. Carlito L. Astillero a Saudi-based Cebuano pathologist as chief of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) vacated by the then OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque who is now the current DOLE Chief.
The current OWWA Board of Trustees are:
Hon. Marianito D. Roque – Secretary of Labor and Employment and Chairman
Hon. Carmelita S. Dimzon – OWWA Administrator and Vice-Chairman
Hon. Luzviminda G. Padilla – Undersecretary, DOLE
Hon. Esteban B. Conejos – Undersecretary, DFA
Hon. Jennifer J. Manalili – Administrator, POEA
Hon. Arturo C. Bumatay – Director IV, DBM
Hon. Gil S. Beltran – Undersecretary, DOF
Hon. Victorino F. Balais – Representative, Labor Sector
Hon. Rene Y. Soriano – Representative, Management Sector
Hon. Gregorio S. Oca – Representative, Sea-Based Sector
Hon. Corazon P. Carsola – Representative, Land-Based Sector
Hon. Bai Omera H. Dianalan-Lucman – Representative, Women’s Sector
The said Petition strongly opposed the arbitrary and biased selection of the land-based OFW representative to the Board of Trustees of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
You may access to the Petition by clicking the link below :
http://www.PetitionOnline.com/owwa4ofw/ ( “No to GMA ‘yes-man’ in OWWA Board of Trustees”.) – BongA