Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Arnell Ignacio has been quite busy catering to the needs and concerns of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families.
He does so 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The actor-singer told us, “Literal na walang tulugan minsan.”
He is not complaining. Arnell finds fulfilment seeing the happy smiles of people he has helped along the way.
Like Arnell, OWWA deputy administrator Honey Quiño, is also involved in show business. She is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AQ prime, a company that has produced several films in the past.
She is putting movie-making aside for now though, noting, “We’re just too busy at the OWWA.”
Her company is now dabbling in music, producing a P-Pop band in Bilib and soon, solo pop act, Zela.
“Hopefully, we get to develop more music acts,” she said.
Just recently, the OWWA signed a memorandum of agreement with the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) that will help enhance the delivery of scholarship grants to OWWA scholars.
The OWWA is also expanding their Development Scholarship Program (ODSP) from 2,500 to 5,000 slots.
It is also launching a nationwide search for Model OFW Family of the Year Award, to honor and celebrate the outstanding achievements of OFW families.
“These are all part of OWWA’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of our OFWs and their dependents,” said Arnell. “By simplifying scholarship grant disbursements, expanding educational opportunities, and recognizing the outstanding achievement of OFWs and their families, we hope to make a significant positive impact on Filipinos here and abroad.”