Press Releases
34 Mother Theresa Foundation children/elderlies receive early Christmas gifts, thanks to DOLE’s FWC


Cagayan de Oro City – The 34 children and elderlies of Mother Theresa Foundation received early Christmas gifts in the form of school supplies and grocery items through the Department of Labor and Employment’s Family Welfare Program on 11 October 2019 in Maitum, Upper Puerto, this city. The gift-giving was an outreach cum team building activity and part of the social responsibility of the members of the Western Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Family Welfare Committee (WMO-CDO FWC).


WMO-CDO FWC Chairman Ruby B. Megalbio said the event is an annual undertaking of the committee for three years now. For this year, the committee chose to share their blessings with the abandoned, neglected children and elderlies. In fact, she said the committee wanted to help more the chosen beneficiaries who were rescued by the foundation.


Some of the children rescued were in conflict with the law and those violating the curfew hours. One of them was Rubie D. Batapa, 17 years old, gratefully thanked the committee and the foundation. She said, “For you, these gifts might be small, but for us these are already a big help.” Rubie was rescued and temporarily housed in the shelter due to the City Ordinance No. 13195-2017 which prohibits minors from roaming around the city from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM. She is from a broken family but has high hopes that she will finish her secondary education through Alternative Learning System (ALS) for her to be independent to achieve her dreams.


Mother Theresa Foundation Center Head Jenny Calang was grateful to the committee and DOLE for choosing them as the beneficiaries. “Your presence for just a day will forever be treasured by us,” she said.


DOLE-X Cagayan de Oro Field Office (CDO FO) Chief Ebba Borbon-Acosta said the Family Welfare Program (FWP) is an advocacy program of the Department that promotes the welfare of workers and their families as a key to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations. In this way, there is a boost in corporate support in promoting workers’ quality of life by adopting a family-centered approach in the workplace.


The WMO-CDO FWC, whose members are employees in the private sector, is organized and facilitated under DOLE-X CDO FO. As a guide in program implementation, the program advocates the integration of the ten dimensions. In this endeavor, the dimensions on value formation and sports and leisure through teambuilding activities and games were thoroughly processed towards inculcating good values, manners and teamwork by the FWC facilitators.


Moreover, member-companies like Ororama Supercenter Inc., CEPALCO Inc., Nestle Philippines Inc., Capitol University Medical Center, Red Lemon Digital Media, A Brown Inc., Liceo de Cagayan University, Oroport Cargo Handling Services, First Industrial Plastic Ventures Inc., CLIMBS, Rose Pharmacy provided school supplies, rice, grocery items, toiletries, housekeeping items, and etc. highlighted the nutrition dimension of the program. Other dimensions are reproductive health and responsible parenthood, education/gender equality, nutrition, environment protection, hygiene and sanitation, housing and transportation.


END/Mary Joyce Harnaiz /DOLE-X CDO FO



The WMO CDO FWC member-companies’ representatives with the children, elderlies, and staff of the Mother Theresa Foundation during the gift-giving and teambuilding activities on 11 October 2019 in  Maitum, Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photosource: Suzette Villarama) 


WMO CDO FWC advocates FWP dimensions on nutrition (top picture) and values formation/respect to elderly thru “pagmamano” (bottom picture) during the gift-giving and teambuilding activities on 11 October 2019 in  Maitum, Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City.  Photosource: Suzette Villarama and MJ Harnaiz







Welcome to the official homepage of the Philippine Department
Contact us:

Your Email


(Maximum characters: 50)
You have characters left.

Your Message

(Maximum characters: 300)
You have characters left.