BAGONG BAYANI FOUNDATION, INC. (BBFI)
The BBFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization conceived to uphold the new heroes of our time, the overseas Filipino workers. It works hand-in- hand with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the private sector, in paying tribute to the OFWs through the Bagong Bayani Awards.
PRIMARY PURPOSES OF THE BBFI
- To promote recognition and appreciation of the role of the Filipino overseas workers in the Philippine society and economy
- To foster high standards of responsibility, efficiency, and integrity among Filipino overseas workers.
- To promote the welfare of Filipino overseas worker
BRIEF BACKGROUND OF THE BAGONG BAYANI AWARDS (BBA)
The BBA evolved from the concept of Mr. Ramon Alfonso A. Fuentes of the Fuentes Media Operations based on two of his copyrighted works (Copyright No. PDR-1285, dated March 05, 1975 and Copyright No. PDG-664, dated April 07, 1983).
The BBA project was assigned, transferred and conveyed by Mr. Fuentes at no cost to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration thru then Administrator Patricia A. Sto. Tomas, in a Deed of Assignment on August 31, 1983.
The first BBA was held in 1984 with eleven (11) workers being conferred the accolade including a posthumous award. In 1985, eight (8) winners have conferred the awards from a total of ninety-nine (99) nominations.
The EDSA Revolution and the consequent changes temporarily halted the Awards. In June 1989, the BBA was re-launched by POEA to underscore the emerging form of heroism which could only be attributed to the overseas contract workers’ consistent contribution to the country’s foreign exchange earnings and the efforts in employment generation. No less than the President herself has called the overseas contract worker as the new economic hero.
The concept of the re-launched BBA remained the same. The search covered both landbased and seabased workers with one finished contract within the period 1974 to 1998.
The outstanding contribution as a contract worker expressed in terms of accomplishment, feat, exploit, deed, or act of heroism which brought recognition and honor to the Philippines remained as the main criterion.
Perhaps, the major result of the BBA activities was the organization of the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI). Although the concept of maximum private sector participation in the annual search was recognized by the POEA as early as 1985, it was not until August 1989 when the organization of the awards was given to the private sector as agreed upon in a meeting among representatives of the private sector and worker groups called for the purpose by the POEA.
The transfer of the BBA to the private sector necessitated the establishment of the Bagong Bayani Foundation Inc. (BBFI).
Since 1989, the BBFI was headed by the late Capt. Gregorio S. Oca as President. Capt. Oca devoted his unselfish time, efforts and resources in promoting the objectives of the Foundation. From 1989 to 2016, through joint public-private efforts, BBFI has conferred 203 awards to landbased and seabased workers. In 2011, a perpetual Capt. Gregorio S. Oca Achievement Award for Outstanding Seafarers was also created.
Board of Trustees
CAPT. GREGORIO S. OCA
SEC. SILVESTRE H. BELLO III
Board of Trustees
VADM. EDUARDO MA R. SANTOS
Vice-President, Associated Marine Officers & Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP)
RENE E. CRISTOBAL
President, Association for Professionalism in Overseas Employment (ASPROE)
ALICIA B. DEVULGADO
President, Overseas Placement Association of the Philippines (OPAP)
EDWINA L. BEECH
President, Mabuhay Personnel and Management Services, Inc.
ELSA U. VILLA
Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI)
MICHAEL J. ESTANIEL
President, Filipino Association for Mariner’s Employment, Inc. (FAME)
LEONARDO B. DE OCAMPO
President, Omanfil International Manpower Development
CAPT. OSCAR D. ORBETA
President, Philippine Association of Manning Agencies and Ship Managers (PAMAS)
EDUARDO U. MANESE
President, Joint Ship Manning Group (JMG)
LEVI S. DE MESA
President, International Skill Development, Inc.
ATTY. BERNARD P. OLALIA
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
ADMINISTRATOR HANS LEO J. CACDAC
Administrator, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)
LAURA S. TIMONERA
ATTY. ANGELES T. WONG-GARCIA
MARIA FE G. MABINI