OFWs with ‘wholesome family’ awarded

November 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment


By Yolanda Sotelo

ROSALES–Overseas Filipino Workers who were able to maintain a “wholesome family” with all members able to complete college education, are engaged in community work, and have invested their earnings in the country, were selected as model OFWs during the Model Ofw Familly Year Award in the Ilocos Region on Monday at SM Rosales.

The 2010 MOFYA regional awardee (land based) is the couple Manuel Cabrera and his wife Rosita, who worked for 21 years in London, England, and went back home to their hometown Mangaldan where they stayed, invested their earnings and became community leaders.
Manuel was a school teacher from 1965-1975 while his wife Rosita was working as assistant nurse at the Pangasinan provincial hospital, when decided to try their luck abroad in 1975.
The two went to London, England where Manuel worked as a waiter while Rosita, as a chambermaid.
But the hardworking couple climbed up the ladder and Manuel was soon a restaurant manager (John Gater Holdings Chain of Restaurants) while Rosita became a assistant housekeeper, then a nursing auxiliary in a hospital.

Instead of staying in England, the two have invested their earnings back home, putting up a rice mill, a subdivision, apartments, and tilling an agricultural farm.

Manuel, now a municipal councilor, is very active in community work, being the president of the farmers association in his village where he was once the barangay chairman. He is also the president of the Mangaldan Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Farmers Federation and of the Pangasinan Provincial IPM Kasakalikasan Federation.

The couple has three children – Marvin, who completed Bachelor of Science in Business Systems Modeling in Greenwich University, London, England as a working student; Roma, who studied Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the Saint Louis University in Baguio City; and Manuel Jr. who completed his secondary education at the Gobowen College for the disabled.
Marvin and Roma are both working in England while Manuel Jr. who was born with physical disability, helps in the family’s farm and rice mill.

“Though he was born with physical disability, he was never a burden to his family. He is very industrious. He helps in the farm and in the rice mill. Indeed he is the lucky charm in the family,” the couple said.

Manuel’s advice to other OFWs is “to be patient, not to be homesick especially during early days abroad.”

“You should not also spend all your earnings, but always save and make investment back home. You must always remember your family behind,” he added.

Manuel claimed he helped his father send his younger siblings to school, and when they have finished their education, he opened a scholarship program for poor but deserving students in his village. He also helped four families in going to England to work.

But the two claimed there’s nothing like home, so they went back to their village to stay.
The sea-based Model MOFYA is Cecilio Rahon, a native of Darat village, Pinili, Ilocos Norte. He worked as a seaman from July 6, 1976 to May 18, 1988, starting from being a mess boy to become a third engineer.

Rahon is married to Esther Eriano Rahon, a native of Sorsogon and they have six children, all successful in their chosen fields. They are Pedro , BS Psychology and at present working with an NGO; Cecilio, a graduate of BS Marine Technology and working as seaman; Rizaldy, who finished voc maintenance and also a seasman, Raymond, BS Agriculture graduate and working as agricultural technologist; Ryan, a graduate of BS Criminology and on training in California, USA; and Celeste Mae, a nurse.
The Rahon couple has invested in fish cage, cattle and carabao, rice mill, and planting of forest trees like gmelina and molave.The two also were able to buy small parcels of land they plant to rice, garlic and tobacco.

The Model MOFYA 2010 is given to OFW families considered “wholesome “ or have constancy of positive communication leading to emotional connection, support and maintenance, sharing of responsibilities among the members and the children are psychologically and socially mature.
They also have civic or community Involvement and they are successful in managing family finances, shown by investments in properties and businesses.

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