All in the name of continued public service excellence, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 is resolute to maintain its collaborative linkage with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 1 (OWWA RWO1).

This, despite organization restructure where the OWWA now separates from the jurisdiction of the DOLE, and transfers to the newly-created Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) by virtue of Republic Act No. 11641.

In a courtesy call on January 25, 2023, DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman welcomed OWWA RWO1 led by OIC Director Gerardo C. Rimorin, as they discussed ways  forward and productive convergence for 2023.

In Region 1, DOLE and OWWA have had developed strong partnership over the years. As the mother agency, DOLE has been a guiding force for OWWA in its noble undertakings on the promotion of welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and their families in the region.

For one, OWWA RWO1 maintains its satellite offices across the region, which are housed at the field offices of DOLE in Rosales, Dagupan, and Alaminos, Pangasinan; Vigan City, Ilocos Sur; and Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

“These OWWA offices will be physically maintained in the domains of DOLE, for you are always welcome to stay with us,” RD Guzman assured the OWWA RWO1.

With this arrangement, OWWA RWO ensures its uninterrupted operations all over the region.

DOLE shall also continue to invite the OWWA RWO1 in the undertakings of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Council 1 (RCC1), where DOLE and its attached agencies regularly meet for updates and collaborative discussions.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, DOLE and OWWA worked together to implement key amelioration programs such as the DOLE-AKAP and TABANG programs.

Joining the courtesy call were DOLE ARD Honorina Dian-Baga, OWWA RWO1 OIC PSD Marissa Naboye, OIC SAO Christian Brylle Navarro, and Communication Officer Khristian Paul Maglaya.


Last Updated on February 7, 2023 by Justin Paul Marbella