OWWA opens ‘Migrant’s Brew’ amid criticisms

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Pormal na binuksan ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration ang Migrants' Brew Cafe na mag-aalok ng libreng kape at inaasahang magbibigay ng mas komportableng accommodation sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers na nag-aasikaso ng papeles sa tanggapan ng OWWA sa Pasay City. Yan ay sa kabila ng mga naunang kritisismo mula sa mga OFWs na insensitive umano ang OWWA sa pangangailangan ng mga migrant workers. (Larawan mula sa OWWA)

Manila, Philippines – Despite criticisms over reportedly being insensitive to the needs of migrant workers, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has formally launched its first ‘Migrant’s Brew’ café space for visiting Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) inside their central office in Pasay City.

OWWA administrator Arnell Ignacio and Department of Migrant Workers Undersecretary PY Caunan led the opening of the café which will offer free coffee and is expected to provide more comfortable accommodations for migrant workers visiting the central OWWA office.

“To our OFWs, you are most welcome here. Sit down, have coffee and take pictures. Why are we doing this? Because we care for you very much; we want your moods to be perfect, because we want you to feel loved when entering OWWA. This is free of charge,” Ignacio said.

He also felt emotional as he told the story behind creating Migrants’ Brew amidst the criticisms that came with its establishment.

The creation of Migrants’ Brew has been criticized by some for being insensitive to the needs of migrant workers, but OWWA Administrator Arnell Ignacio elucidates that the launching of Migrants’ Brew is a means to provide assistance and care to these workers.

Launching of Migrants’ Brew, Ignacio said, is one way to show solidarity with migrant workers and their families.

“Ayokong bibigyan lang sila ng monoblock, papaupuin at bibigyan ng assistance, I want them to feel na VIP sila sa OWWA, coffee of your choice, all for FREE,” he adds.

“For the OFWs, hindi na kayo sisilip pa (sa mga coffee shop na 160 pesos per cup), may kape na kayong pangsarili, walang bayad ito! Gusto kong matikman ng ating mga OFWs ang made in Italy hindi lang basta basta 3in1 coffee.”

He also explained that OWWA has all the mechanisms on how to help. “We have the program, OWWA has been alive and helping for 40 years,” Ignacio stressed.

Ignacio said that he hopes for the creation of ‘Migrant’s Brew’ shops in 17 regional OWWA agencies and overseas offices and 24 offices all over the world.

“Continuously, we will keep on churning out programs to make you feel how special you are to our country,” the OWWA Administrator said.