In recognition of the great contributions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to nation-building, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in cooperation with SM Global Pinoy Center and the Federation of OFW Negros Occidental held the 16th National Migrants Day at the Northwing Event Centre of SM City Bacolod recently. 

Themed MIGRANTENG PILIPINO: Partner in World Progress and Development, around 800 OFWs and their beneficiaries from different cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental province attended this annual family event that kicked off with a grand motorcade in the major streets of Bacolod City. 

OWWA Regional Director Samuel S. Madrid was the guest speaker during the program. Part of the activities was the Induction of Officers of the newly organized Bacolod Association of Manpower Agencies (BAMA) which was formed to assist and help the various concerns of Overseas Filipino Workers from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. 

The The 16th National Migrants Day was sponsored by Banco De Oro, Orchard Property Marketing Corporation, Team Micro Lending Corporation, Po's Digital, Marikina Shoe Exchange, Palmas Del Mar, Asiste Foundation Inc. and Mary Kay.

Meanwhile, SM Global Pinoy Center - a one-stop shop established to cater the needs of OFWs has partnered with OWWA to further provide convenience and serve Filipinos workers abroad. Located at the mall’s Northwing Al Fresco (beside Shakeys and Rai Rai Ken), its current services include remittances, communication facilities, shopping, skills training, investment and legal consultations.

An OFW who visits the SM Global Pinoy Center can get his own personalized Global Pinoy Card which entitles him to exclusive rewards and privileges. This card also allows him exclusive entry to any SM Global Pinoy Center where he can do transactions at the BDO remittance counter, SM Department Store's Foreign Exchange or Business Counter. He can also use the center’s Internet facilities for free. His card will also enable him to enjoy Php 80,000.00 worth of discounts and privileges and other SM promos. This card is also available for the OFWs families and beneficiaries which they can use in any of the Global Pinoy Centers across all SM Supermalls nationwide.
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