- January 13th, 2016
January 08, 2016
FOR its exceptional assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families, SM Global Pinoy was given an award during the 5th OFW Gawad Parangal.
Under the category of Outstanding Specialized and Exclusive Services for Global Filipinos, SM Global Pinoy was given the award by the Kapisanan ng mga Kamag-Anak ng Migranteng Manggagawang Pilipino Inc., (KAKAMMPI) in recognition for its efforts to alleviate the plight of the Filipino migrant workers and their families.
The awarding ceremony was held last December 12, 2015 (Saturday), at the PAG-IBIG Fund Bldg., in Makati.
KAKAMMPI, established since 1983, is a community-based organization for OFWs, migrant returnees and their families that works to protect the rights and welfare of the OFWs as well assist them in their problems. Their programs include counselling, case management, community outreach, welfare assistance and homecare.
Already on its 5th year, this year’s OFW Gawad Parangal has a theme “Kasanayan at Husay sa Paggawa, Proteksiyon ng Migrantent Manggagawa”.
The OFW Gawad Parangal is KAKAMMPI’s way of thanking and recognizing individuals, groups and organizations who share their time, skills and resources for the welfare of the OFWs. The nominations come from the OFWs in their organization and the winners are also chosen by votes.
Glenn D. Ang, Senior Vice President of SM and Program Director of SM Global Pinoy, thanked KAKAMMPI for the award saying it will serve as their inspiration to keep on improving their services for the convenience of the OFWs and their families.
“We will keep on working to make our services better for our OFWs and their families and this award is a big boost to all our efforts to reach more OFWs worldwide,” Ang said.
SM Global Pinoy is the first mall-based one-stop service shop for OFWs and their families.
With the objective of bringing members families together wherever they are in the world, SM Global Pinoy established centers in at least 38 SM malls all over the country offering services that keep OFW families connected.
The SM Global Pinoy Center is a place where OFW members and their families can relax after a long day of shopping in the malls.
They can also avail of other services such as free refreshments, free internet browsing, remittance pick-up, foreign exchange services, and free international calls on top of exclusive perks and privileges of SM’s partner establishments nationwide.
Aside from the Center, SM Global Pinoy also conducts free educational seminars and activities that are relevant to the OFWs and their families.
Some of the winners of this year’s OFW Gawad Parangal include the Philippine Red Cross, The Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, The Villar SIPAG Foundation, Rappler, Inc., Maricel Soriano, Ding Dong Dantes, Maine Mendoza (Yaya Dub), Alden Richards, Wally Bayola, Ben, Raffy and Erwin Tulfo and Susan K.
Past recipients of the award include the Social Security System, GMA News Online, Pinoy Abroad (online OFW news), Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera, Nora Aunor, Jessica Soho, Mel Tiangco, Howie Severino, Charo Santos-Concio, Noli de Castro, former OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon, OFW Advocate Susan Ople, Ms. Darlene Berberabe (PAG-IBIG Fund President and CEO), POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and Vice President Jejomar Binay.