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Domestic worker-turned teacher receives teaching aid from Pres.DU30 on Labor Day

Cebu City, Philippines. Revanee C. Figues, a former domestic worker now turned public school teacher, personally received her teaching kit from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the Labor Day celebration held on May 1 at the IC3 Convention Center of Cebu. 

Figues, now assigned in Banban National High School in Larena, Siquijor, represented the forty-two (42) Sa Pinas, Ikawang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS) program beneficiaries who, along with the close to 4,000 participants, welcomed the President during the Celebration. 

A native of Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor she worked in Kuwait for more than six (6) years since 2011 as a domestic worker, shared Mr. Dexter F. Paro, the Regional Coordinator of the National Center for OFWs (NRCO-7). 

“Ms. Figues is a teacher by profession. But she left the country and worked abroad to help provide for the family,” he said. 

Figues has two (2) children who are now in elementary and junior high school and her husband works as a fisherman and barber. 

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), one of the involved agencies of the convergence program, conducted the Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET) in Kuwait, where Figues fortunately passed on 16 September 2016. 

Propelled by her acquired teaching license and her desire to be with her family again, she returned to the country on 12 December 2017 and decided to practice her profession as a teacher. 

“Through the SPIMS, Figues and other qualified aspirants were given the Teacher 1 Regular Plantilla Position. She was admitted by the Department of Education last March of his year and is now assigned as a Grade 7 teacher in Siquijor,” narrated Paro. 

Apart from the Plantilla Position, beneficiaries like Figues, also received teaching kit or instructional materials comprising personal computer printer, ink printer, voice and lapel head worn microphone, computer tablet, among others worth PHP20,000.00. 

“We are very proud because it’s no less than the highest official of the land personally giving the aid to our SPIMS beneficiary. It was one way of telling our clients that our President through Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III means business when it comes to providing assistance to workers especially to OFWs,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Alvin M. Villamor. 

The DOLE-NRCO shelled out PHP840,000.00 for the teaching kits of the 42 OFW-teachers, including Fiques, who were present during the celebration. 

When asked for her message she said, “Ako po ay taos pusong nagpapasalamat at inyong inilunsad ang programang SPIMS. Salamat po at akoy naging ganap nang isang guro. Dahil sa kahirapan sa buhay, ako ay nangibang bansa. Ngayon, abot langit ang kasiyahan ng aking pamilya na di na ako malayo sa kanila.” 

The Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir Program is spearheaded by the NRCO and is an OFW reintegration convergence project of the DOLE, Department of Education, Professional Regulation Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Normal University, among others. 

For details, aspiring availees may visit the NRCO office located at the 3rd Floor of the DOLE-7 Building, Gen. Maxilom Avenue corner Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City or go online and access . Applicants could also send an e-mail at or contact cellular phone number 0916-317-1121.



For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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