What to do if you already have an OFW ministry

So you’ve already had the Ministry 101 training, the CET and the BBKD. What’s the next step for you? The key to any ministry is to keep growing. Besides continuing your ministry in helpdesk or reintegration or support group, GFM also offers a monthly meeting slash seminar where you can continually learn more about the OFW phenomena.

The OFW Ministry Network is composed of churches and organizations that already have an OFW ministry. They meet every last Wednesday of the month. Every meeting, a key speaker is also invited to explain more details about the OFW phenomena so the participants can keep on learning. It could come from OWWA, POEA, NRCO, NLRC, and other OFW-centric organizations.

If you want to join the meeting, kindly notify GFM Communications Officer Jaia Labastilla through her mobile number 0908-390-9358.

Enhancement for Helpdesk Workers

A helpdesk worker is someone who is trained to assist in helpdesk cases. The OFW world is tricky, and it mostly concerns the government, and believe me, you’ll need rigorous training to be familiarized with all of it. GFM offers a Basic Helpdesk Training for those who want to become a helpdesk worker. But if you still want to know more, you can attend the CET or the Capability Enhancement Training, facilitated by POEA.

POEA and GFM have a special arrangement and one of this is that GFM can invite POEA to hold CETs for their volunteers. The CET is a free two-day training where POEA teaches the volunteers about illegal recruitment, government agencies, modus operandi of recruiters, and (dagdagan pa). They require at least 50 participants to be able to hold a CET. POEA will also certify you after the training.

If you are interested to join in a CET, please contact GFM Training & Partnership Director, Pastor Rene Bunsoy through his mobile number 0917-626-2800.

Do you know about your rights, defenses, laws and benefits?

Most OFWs just think about going abroad and the compensation they will get monthly. Even though the government has installed programs like the PDOS (Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar) and the PEOS (Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar), most OFWs still go abroad without knowing any laws, benefits, rights or defenses that they are entitled to. That’s why GFM has taken the initiative to inform the OFWs of the things they are unaware of.

BBKD stands for batas, benepisyo, karapatan, and depensa. During the seminar, these will be discussed to the participants. You might think now that it’s a boring topic, but once you understand that there is so much you are missing as an OFW, your ears will pop open too.

The BBKD seminar is done as the need arises. It can be customized as a half-day event to brush up on all four topics, or it can also be a whole day event, where all four topics are discussed extensively. The speaker is the GFM Helpdesk Director who has been in the OFW ministry for 20 years, first as an OFW herself, then as a recruitment agent, and then finally as an OFW advocate. She has been awarded by GMA last 2015 for being an excellent OFW advocate. Her name is Teodora Inabayan, Jr., most commonly known as Tita June.

If you want to host a BBKD in your church or community, please get in touch with any GFM staff or call us at (02) 669-1808 or email us at info@globalfilipinomovement.com.