A FORMER Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who worked as a teacher in Indonesia was one of the national awardees during the 2019 Marilag Awards, a prestigious award given to returning Filipina migrant workers with extra-ordinary work, sacrifices, dedication and advocacy to the community they belong.
Madelyn de Guzman, 37 years old, from Malvar, Davao City received a recognition for being one of the Outstanding Women beneficiaries of the various Reintegration Programs of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), specifically “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir” (SPIMS), Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay! OFW Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OEDLP), and Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay Program (BPBH).
De Guzman received a medallion and a cash prize for being the outstanding woman beneficiary in Region XI who availed of the “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir” Program of OWWA-NRCO.
With her desire to provide a better future for her family, she applied for work abroad in February 2009 and hired as a Teacher in a reputable International School in Jakarta, Indonesia. After four years, she decided to return to the Philippines to be with her family and continue her services as a Teacher.
Upon her return to the Philippines, she availed of the “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir” (SPIMS) Program of the OWWA-NRCO. It is a reintegration convergence project of the NRCO in partnership with the Department of Education and the Philippine Normal University, which provides opportunities for OFW-LET passers to return, find employment and practice their profession as teachers in the Philippines.
After availing of the SPIMS program, Madelyn was hired as Elementary Grade Teacher I at the SPED Center of Kapitan Sr. Elementary School, Davao City on January 11, 2016. With her exemplary performance, she was promoted to SPED Teacher I on March 20, 2019. “Dealing children with special needs is a great challenge. Being with these children everyday gave me more strength and perseverance. They made me realize that they have extra-ordinary and special skills which made them productive”, said Madelyn who devoted most of her time with these children.
As a SPIMS beneficiary, OWWA-NRCO awarded her a teaching kit worth Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) on November 27, 2017. It consists of a Samsung Tablet, voice aid lapel, netbook, calculator, USB-OTG cable flash drive, and other teaching materials which can be used in her daily school activities.
Meanwhile, the awarding ceremony of the Marilag Awards was held last March 29, 2019 at the Bureau of Treasury, Marble Hall of the Ayuntamiento de Manila, Intramuros. Awardees were beneficiaries of the Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay, Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir (SPIMS), Successful Business Loan Beneficiaies, and Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program. Each awardee received a Marilag Medallion and a cash prize of P20,000.00.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, OIC-Deputy Administrator and GAD Chairperson Vivian Tornea and Former Deputy Administrator for Operations Brigido Dulay awarded the medallion and the cash prize to the national awardees.
Other recipients of the 2019 Marilag awards were Marites Benito from Benguet, Felipa Maldora from Bohol, Cynthia Labor from Bukidnon, Antuza Refalda of Kalinga, Veronica De Vera of Nueva Vizcaya, Melinda Lapingcao of Lapu-Lapu City, Mirasol Baquiran of Isabela and Rosalie Espino of Koronadal City.
Nominees for the SPIMS were screened based on the important and significant contributions in the area of public school education, exceeding the expectations of being a public school teacher and continuously inspiring and empowering fellow Filipina OFWs with their success stories.
“I feel honored and proud to be chosen as one of the national awardees for the Marilag Awards of OWWA. I consider this recognition as one of the best blessings I receive and I will be forever grateful to OWWA-NRCO for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. I hope that my achievements and sacrifices will serve as an inspiration to other OFWs like me who never stop dreaming and persevering for the good of our family and to the community as well”, said Madelyn.
Madelyn had received various recognitions and commendations from the Department of Education and other institution for her outstanding performance and remarkable record which made her more committed and dedicated to work as a public school teacher. Among them include; Outstanding W.A.T.C.H Awardee, Mentee of the School-Based Training on Sign Language, as Resource Speaker in various SPED Trainings, 2nd Runner-up in the Impromptu Speaking Contest, Coach of the BOCCE competition during the 2018 Davao City Athletic Association (DCAA) Meet, among others.