MANILA, Philippines – Two OFW families, one from Puerto Princesa, Palawan and another from Bansalan, Davao del Sur, were named the national winners of the 10th Model OFW Family of the Year Award.
The family of Bartolome C. Cadavero of Puerto Princesa was the winner for the sea-based category. Captain Cadavero worked for 33 years overseas, and after his retirement, he acquired farm lands, real estate properties, and set up a plantation of exotic, high value trees like rubber and gmelina.
The family of Fe S. Lao of Bansalan was the winner for the land-based category. Her savings from abroad were used by her husband to set up a multi-million integrated, organic farm enterprise with supplemental by-products.
As grand prize winners, Cadavero and Lao received trophies, cash prize of P500,000 and appliances.
MOFYA is an annual, nationwide search conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to recognize outstanding families of Filipino migrant workers who have shown family solidarity, financial stewardship, civic/community involvement, and entrepreneurship.
Special awards were also handed out. The family of Engr. Isidro M. Cabantac of Region 1 received Best in Community Projects award for their agricultural projects.
The family of Capt. Juan M. Cope of Region V also received the Best in Entrepreneurship award for their school and hospital.
The special awards winners were given plaques of recognition and P100,000 each.