The Philippine Embassy celebrated Labour Day 2017 with the Philippine Overseas Labour Office/Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO/OWWA) and the Filipino Overseas Workers in Singapore (FOWS) at the Xian Ci Restaurant, Civil Service Club Singapore, on Sunday, 14 May 2017.
The event was held also held to observe the the 105th anniversary of the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment 35th anniversary of OWWA and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Filipino Overseas Workers in Singapore (FOWS).
Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales, Minister and Consul General Victorio Mario M. Dimagiba Jr., First Secretary and Consul Mersole J. Mellejor, First Secretary and Consul Gonaranao Musor, Acting Labour Attaché Ramon Lamberto Pastrana, Welfare Officer Aniceta Cataran and members of the Filipino community in Singapore attended the celebration joining FOWS volunteers and students, some of whom came with their their employers and friends.
Following the reading of the Labour Day message of Secretary Silvestre Bellor III, Ambassador Antonio A. Morales administered the oath-taking ceremony for the newly-elected officials of FOWS after which he delivered his inspirational speech. This was followed by the awarding of certificates of appreciation to the volunteers of the FOWS Skills Training Program headed by the new president Eloisa Lopez. The traditional blowing candle the birthday cake was done to symbolize the triple celebrations.
In the afternoon, FOWS held its annual Miss FOWS beauty contest. Lucky draws were also conducted to the delight of the crowd.
FOWS, one of the pioneers in the implementation of Skills Training Programs (STPs) for Filipino HSWs in Singapore, was established in 1992. Mrs. Encarnacion Montales, who once worked at the OWWA office in Singapore, served as its first President.
FOWS offers a number of courses for HSWs including, among others, dressmaking, human resource management, culinary arts, nursing aid and computer programming. FOWS has held its courses at the PHL Bayanihan Centre since 2002.