Western Union and OWWA hail the 2008 Model Overseas Foreign Worker Family of the Year

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The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) recently announced the grand winners for the 2008 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA). The Bahjin and Del Prado families from Region 9 and the National Capital Region, respectively, were chosen from among the 34 regional finalists representing land-based and sea-based OFWs. The winning OFWs and their families were recognized for having best demonstrated enduring family ties, financial stability and dedication to community service.



Western Union is proud to be a major sponsor of the 2008 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards.

The OFWs recognized for their model behavior were: Dr. Ibrahim Q. Bahjin from Region 9 for the land-based OFW category and Capt. Victor S. Del Prado from the National Capital Region (NCR) for the sea-based OFW category. Capt. Norberto C. Bajienting Sr. from Region 11 also received the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship, while Engineer Samuel D. Micompal from the CARAGA Region (Region 13) was given the Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects. The winners were joined by their proud families as they were recognized by the 2008 MOFYA Committee, led by OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon.

As Paramount Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, Dr. Ibrahim Bahjin is devoted to promoting peace in Mindanao by uniting Sulu’s royal families. He founded and served as the first president of the Islamic Institute for Professionals in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the Bangsa Sug Expatriates Conference in Jeddah. With the help of his family (two of whom are licensed medical practitioners), Dr. Bahjin spearheaded free medical missions in remote areas in Mindanao where healthcare is a primary concern. A practicing doctor himself, Bahjin serves as the current president of the Academy of Muslim Physicians, a Board Member of the Academy of Family Physicians and is a Board Trustee of the Zamboanga Medical Society.



Captain Victor Del Prado started supporting his family right after joining the Philippine Navy after attending the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) and helped his younger siblings’ through their college years. Del Prado joined a private marine crewing services company after 14 years service as a ship’s captain. As its president and general manager, Del Prado led the company in implementing programs that sponsor training and overseas missions for outstanding marine cadets. Capt. Del Prado has also become a prominent member in the maritime industry, having been the Director of organizations such as the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment (FAME) and the Maritime Forum Inc.

The recipients of the 2008 MOFYA Special Awards were also recognized for their contributions to their respective communities.

The Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship was given to Captain Norberto Bajenting Sr., a maritime officer who took early retirement to then establish a transportation services company that now provides jobs for many in his barangay.

For his and his family’s socio-civic activities in Alegria, Surigao del Norte, Engr. Samuel Micompal received the 2008 MOFYA Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects. As a Lay Minister in their local parish, Engr. Micompal was able to involve his network of friends in growing the church’s alternative herbal medicine business. Engr. Micompal was previously recognized for his efforts with the Countryside Excellent Service award by Surigao del Norte governor Robert Ace Barbers for managing the P2.3-million water system which served as potable water for their town.

The recipients of the 2008 MOFYA Special Awards were also recognized for their contributions to their respective communities.

The Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship was given to Captain Norberto Bajenting Sr., a maritime officer who took early retirement to then establish a transportation services company that now provides jobs for many in his barangay.

For his and his family’s socio-civic activities in Alegria, Surigao del Norte, Engr. Samuel Micompal received the 2008 MOFYA Special Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Projects. As a Lay Minister in their local parish, Engr. Micompal was able to involve his network of friends in growing the church’s alternative herbal medicine business. Engr. Micompal was previously recognized for his efforts with the Countryside Excellent Service award by Surigao del Norte governor Robert Ace Barbers for managing the P2.3-million water system which served as potable water for their town.

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