The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration – Regional Welfare Office XI has five (5) OFW families vying for the title of the Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) 2015. MOFYA 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. The award is different from other awards as it highlights not just the success of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) alone, but each and every member of the OFW family.

The Selection and Screening Committee has completed the validation and deliberation process last October 7 and 8, 2015. Announcement of winners shall be made in a fitting ceremony on October 18, 2015 at the Granada Hall of Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City. The nominees for this year’s search are:

Land-based category:

1.    OFW Dionaldo C. Tapispisan Jr. & Family

Health & Sanitary Environment Coordinator – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Catalunan Pequeño, Davao City

2.    OFW Jack C. Laudato & Family

Control Technician – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Guihing, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur

Sea-based category:

1.    Engr. Lino C. Micayabas & Family

Chief Engineer

Nova Tierra, Hizon, Davao City

2.    Engr. Rio A. Fernandez & Family

4th Marine Engineer

Palm Driver St., Buhangin, Davao City

3.    Mr. Perfecto G. Palarca & Family

Mechanical Fitter

Sto. Domingo II, Pampanga, Davao City

These families were nominated by registered NGOs, people’s organizations,  religious organizations, community-based socio-civic organizations/associations, and OFW Family Circle Associations who have known them for their capability and potentials. They were properly screened, evaluated and validated by the members of the Selection and Screening Committee based on family wholesomeness, their achievements, community involvement, success in children’s education, and success in managing family finances. Giving recognition to deserving OFW families will serve as an inspiration to other families to emulate their example.

The winner for each category will represent Davao Region in the national finals slated this December 2015.