Dec. 6, 2010, Riyadh, KSA – OFW from Riyadh was chosen as 2010 MOFYA Special Awardee for “Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects” in 2010 Search for Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA 2010).
Philippine President H.E. Noynoy Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay hands out the prestigious award to OFW Alex Veloso Bello and his entire family today at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City.
The search for the Model OFW Family of the Year Award is an award-giving program designed to give recognition to outstanding OFW families, and promote best practices in achieving optimal success in all aspects of life in the face of overseas migration of one or more members of the household.
Alex Veloso Bello is currently working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 26 years and his wife Evangeline Morden Bello decided to go home for good and put up a small business. Now, the family owns the Lifestyle Beauty Spa & a Gift Shop in Tacloban City which was established from the couple’s earnings abroad.
His wife Vangie was an OFW in Saudi Arabia for 16 years. She worked as staff nurse at King Khalid University Hospital, in Riyadh.
OFW Alex Veloso Bello, the President of OFW Congress- Riyadh is a Purchasing Executive for 11 years of ABB-Asea Brown Boveri-Saudi Arabia. He represents Region 8, Eastern Visayas in the National Search for Model OFW Family Award (MOFYA 2010) for land-based category.
MOFYA is an annual search conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the OWWA offices in the regions, where two MOFYA winners, one Land-based (LB) and one Sea-based (SB) are being chosen. A selection for National Award among all regional awardees will be chosen as the MOFYA 2010. There are 34 regional finalists, two national winners and two special awardees.
The Bello’s have five children of which one is a registered nurse, and is presently working with King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia who is married to a Filipino Doctor. One is a graduating nursing student studying in Southwestern University in Cebu.
Araw ng Pasasalamat
Alex Veloso Bello at an early age experienced hardship in life and in order to go to school he worked as a gasoline boy to make both ends meet. Later landed a job as a hotel bell boy and armed with courage and determination he became Asst. Front Office Manager of the Hotel.
After he graduated from Divine Word University, Tacloban, he tried his luck in Manila and worked as a project accountant / auditor before he decided to work abroad. He got married at the age of 22 and have five (5) children, four (4) of their children were born in Saudi Arabia, until he found a good job in ABB Saudi Arabia as Section Head of the company’s Purchasing Department. Asean Brown Boveri is world’s leading power and automation technology companies. The couple has two grandchildren.
Alex Veloso Bello was conferred by OWWA Region 8 as “The Most Outstanding OFW” land-based category last June 2010 during the Migrant Workers Day celebration dubbed as “Araw ng Pasasalamat.”
To read more about Alex Veloso Bello and his accomplishment as an OFW, please click Alex Veloso Bello “A Brief Biography of an OFW Leader”
President Aquino handed this year’s MOFYA to the following:
Engr. Ermie Lagman Garon and family of Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac, 2010 Model OFW Family of the Year, Land-based category; Victor R. Dela Cruz and family of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, 2010 Model OFW family of the year, sea-based category;
Alex V. Bello and family of Tacloban City, Leyte for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects; Capt. Gaudencio C. Morales and family of the NCR for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship.