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28/11/2011: Philippine Consulate General in Agana Conducts 8th Post Arrival Orientation Seminar and OAV Mobile Registration



Mayor Melissa Savares of Dededo welcomes the PAOS participants, as Vice Consul Maria Paz Cortes, and Ukudu Workforce Village Management officials Mssrs. Seong Hoon Kang, David Tydingco and Eddy Reyes look on.

The Philippine Consulate General in Agana successfully conducted its 8th Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) for newly arrived Overseas Filipino Workers in Guam on Sunday, 27 November 2011 at the Ukudu Workforce Village, Dededo.

A total of fifty-two (52) OFWs (H1 and H2B visa holders) from construction companies operating on the island, i.e., Younex Enterprises Corporation, Orion Construction, Core Tech and Flex Builders, attended the seminar.

In conjunction with the PAOS, overseas absentee voting (OAV) mobile registration was also conducted by the Consulate General and a total of thirty-four (34) new overseas absentee voters from among the seminar participants were registered.

The 8th PAOS was held in partnership mainly with the Ukudu Workforce Village, which provided the venue and meals for the participants.  Speakers from the U.S. Department of Labor, Guam Department of Labor, Guam Workers' Compensation Commission, Office of the Attorney General of Guam, represented by Assistant Attorney General Jonathan R. Quan, and Victims’ Advocates Reaching Out (VARO) discussed relevant local and federal laws in order to keep the participants informed of their rights, benefits and privileges, as well as their responsibilities, while temporarily residing on Guam as guest workers.

Representatives from telecommunications companies IT&E and Docomo Pacific were also present to inform the participants of the services they are marketing to Filipinos, particularly with respect to calling or sending SMS messages to loved ones and relatives in the Philippines.  A representative of Allied Bank (Guam branch) was also present to discuss financial management and the bank's savings and remittance services.

Mayor Melissa Savares from the Village of Dededo, where majority of Filipinos reside, graced the event and welcomed the participants.  Vice Consul Maria Paz Cortes also provided information on the various programs and consular services offered by the Consulate General.END