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.
Written by Charlie V. Manalo from the Daily Tribune
Emphasizing the need to manage their finances to prepare for their eventual return to the Philippines, SM Global Pinoy, in partnership with the Couples for Christ Migrant’s Program, is conducting a nationwide financial management seminar for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families.
Dubbed “Seminar on Financial Growth, Abundance and Stewardship (FGAS), Manage Your Money, Manage Your Life,” the seminar is designed to help guide migrants and their families towards financial empowerment and independence by equipping them with knowledge in the proper use of their financial resources.
Glenn Ang, program director of SM Global Pinoy, said the seminars, conducted in various SM malls all over the country, are geared towards supporting communities, especially OWFs and their families. Some 800 participants so far have taken part in the seminars.
“So many times we hear stories of our migrant workers who, despite their years of service abroad, end up much worse than when they left the country because of failure on their part and of their families to value the financial blessings they received. We want to address that to make them better prepared for the future,” Ang said.
The three-hour seminar also aims to make the participants understand the value of their blessings so that they would be inspired to take care of them.
“OFWs, especially their families, so often just take the money given to them for granted so they just squander it. This seminar aims to make them realize the value not just of saving but taking care of the financial resources being received by each family,” Ang said.
Participants are given modules on the information and skills to pay off their debts and control indiscriminate spending, prepare a budget and prepare a financial plan and teach them how to increase their savings and put their money on investments.
The seminar is open to all SM Global Pinoy members, OFW’s and their immediate family members, for free, including those who are part of different religious groups.
The seminar kicked off on March 25, 2015 at SM South Mall and SM City Sta. Rosa. Upcoming seminars are scheduled as follows: May 6 — SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City Baguio, SM City Lucena, SM City Bacolod, SM Lanang, and SM City Taytay; May 8 — SM City Dasmariñas; May 10 — SM City Pampanga; May 18 — SM Center Muntinlupa; June 27 — SM City Clark and July 2 — SM City Fairview.
Ang said they have agreed to be involved in the project because they believe that OFWs and their families should be given all the tools to enable them to grow not just financially but holistically in order to create a more positive impact to their families and communities.
“This is part of our continuing tribute to their heroism in this modern-day age and this project will make sure that they achieve financial success so that their sacrifices and hard work will not be put to waste. This is in line with SM’s commitment to supporting communities,” Ang said.