Namugong, Poblacion –The Hungduan Migrant Workers Association (HMWA), with the facilitation of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) and Hon. John T. Bumangabang, elected their Officers for 2022-2025 and initiated amendments to the Associations’ Constitution and By-Laws at the just concluded 2nd General Assembly of the Association held at the Municipal Gymnasium with the participation of 78 OFWs and representatives.

Ms. Roselyn B. Pulig, MSWDO urged the members and officers to commit themselves to the organization. “Dapat maging responsible kayu para nah kiphodan di organization and adi unay idependar hi MSWDO. Wada di duties, roles, and responsibilities di hin-oh-ah nah organization. Nu ngane di technical assistance an mahapul yu ya ready di opisina an mun-assist (Members and officers must be responsible for the betterment of the organization and not depend always on the MWDO. There are certain duties, roles, and responsibilities of everyone in the organization. The MSWDO is ready to provide whatever technical assistance is needed),” she said.

Vice-Mayor Romeo L. Haguyayap, in his talk, recognized the sacrifice of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). He reiterated the readiness of the Legislative to aid the Association in ways it can and encouraged the accreditation of the group.

Speaking on behalf of the Municipal Mayor Casan P. Dumulag, Ms. Marina N. Atolba, Executive Assistant I encouraged the Association to formulate its plan as well as revisit its vision and mission. “The plan of the Association will be the basis of the local government to look at what assistance can it provide or facilitate to the HMWA”, Atolba said.

Ms. Minda D. Aliguyon, Private Secretary of the LCE, related her personal experiences as a former OFW for more than a decade in her keynote message.

 “I worked in Taiwan for 2 years and 12 years in Israel and I can still recall how fearful I felt when we were taping the windows to help shield ourselves following the threat to let poisonous gas kill Israelis,” she recalled.

“Napnu sakripisyo di biag di OFW ya dakol di rigat umat hi homesickness ya adjustment te sabalin boble . Uray kas anu di naminhod an magawid ya adi basta basta te nan pamilya an tinaynan di nonomnomon ya nu kas anu di kiphodan da (The life of an OFW is full of sacrifice not just because of homesickness and the adjustments being in a foreign country. No matter how we long to come home, we cannot do so as the future of our family looms heavily on our minds),” Aliguyon said.

For the families of OFWs left behind, Ms. Aliguyon shared how important for them to check on their condition.

“Do not just call your OFW family member to ask whether they have sent money or when they are to remit; and if you have received the remittance, you have to inform them because the OFW is often left thinking whether the money was received or not as the family members do not respond after confirming money has been sent. It is also necessary for the family to recognize the efforts of the OFW and saying things such as ‘thank you and ‘how are you’ are big emotional boosts for OFWs missing their families back home,” she said.

Ms. Jenelyn Dumulag, OFW Focal from the MSWDO presented the 2021 Accomplishment Report of the Hungduan Migrant Workers Association

In his closing, Hon. John Bumangabang, SB Committee Chair on Social Services,  pressed on for the members and officers to be united and work together for the good of the Association.

Elected HWFA Officers:  Chairman: Paula Tayaban; Vice Chairman: Jenilyn Buno; Secretary: Junia Domiong; Treasurer: Marietta Pukya; Auditors: Remedios Tupong and Elena La Madrid; PROs: Jenilyn Palatic and Virginia Basilio; and Business Manager: Ivanias Balicdang. #