MUSCAT, May 2 – The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Oman has honoured the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) at an event celebrated in connection with the International Labour Day on May 1. During the celebrations which will spread over three weeks, as many as 9 awards for separate categories were distributed marking the labourers day in an attempt to institutionalise the public recognition of men and women whose exemplary achievements are worthy of emulation.
‘The 2018 OFW Oman awards which are open to all government, private and public sector employees, aims to recognise the significant role played by our OFW’s,’ said Ponciano M Ligutom, CESO III, Labour Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Oman.
‘However, there are those who have accepted these stringent rules of employment abroad and still manage to give meaningful contributions to the society, both in the loops of the Filipino people and it’s government. Their recognition is in order and thus, the 2018 OFW Oman Awards are instituted,’ he added.
Accordingly, best outstanding skilled labour, domestic worker, outstanding employer, foreign recruitment agency, best leadership in both skilled and domestic help, service excellence for longest serving employees, successful entrepreneur, Oman heroes, and OFW model family awards are up for grabs for the best in any category.
Employers can nominate their employees for any of these awards and an expert panel comprising people from different sectors would be analysing and assessing these credentials and grade them to decide on the best in each category.
Ponciano also said that these awards also aims to enhance and promote the image of the Filipino workers as a competent, responsible and dignified worker and to reemphasise their contributions to the socio-economic development of the community in particular and the country in general.
The May Day celebrations had already begun with a Domestic Help Symposium on April 20 where the OFW’s were educated on the rights and responsibilities of working in this country and an awareness campaign on the labour laws of both Oman and the Philippines at the Philippine School.
Following, a medical mission was conducted where free checkup by Starcare, Al Hayat Medical Centre and Al Bashayer Medical Centre for the OFW’s on Friday.
On May 4, Friday, a ‘Family Day’ will be held at the Sultan Qaboos Stadium where all the OFW families will be invited to spend time together sharing and caring for each other and have fun with kids and other families. There will be ‘thanksgiving’, Zumba, blood donation, Pinoy got Talent, and music and dance. Awards for exemplary services will be given away at a grand event on May 11.