Josephine Tabugoc-Cajada

Philippine Address: Sunrise Village, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Foreign Address: C-6 Cameron Mansions, 34 Magazine Gap, Road,The Peak, Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Looking to where I have been, all reminds me of brave men and women.

Peace and Freedom they have gained.

I started my charity work in the year 1984, two years after I worked in Hong Kong as an OFW. To be exact, I arrived in Hong Kong on Dec 1, 1982 and joined the Wednesday Catholic Group in 1984 located at  17th/F., Grand Building, Connaught Road, Hong Kong. My first year in participating in every program that the center has gave me more courage and faith, and after a year of  hard work, I have been elected as the Group III Leader of Wednesday Catholic Group. Then on the following year, the group voted me as Assistant Coordinator of the Wednesday Catholic Group which our Patron was “Perpetual Help”. As an officer, You will meet different people in different walks of life. My first accomplishment as a leader of the community was when the Judges, Priests, and Sisters vested on me the Most Active Leader of the Year award for two consecutive years. I was really happy because I knew I worked hard for the betterment of my members.

Then another chapter came to light when my co-Hinigaranon proposed to organize the Association for Hinigaranon. In 1992, we founded the Hinigaran Migrant Workers Association in Hong Kong or (HIMWAH) and I became the Founder/President of the organization. It was amazing, but we all deserved to be recognized because of the  effort and strength we shared for the association. We were able to provide the people of Hinigaran infrastructures like putting a waiting shed at one side of the Public Plaza, toilet facilities, and cash donation. I felt very comfortable to help and support our co-migrants.

My term as the president of HIMWAH ended in 1995, and the JBL  or  “Just for Better Life” emerged. JBL annually participates in the celebration of Urban Council Hong Kong S.A.R. District Festival affairs, like Causeway Bay Festival since 1996-2000, Racial Harmony 1998-2000. Through our high expectation about JBL my ambition became even stronger when we all decided to put up the “JBL Education Foundation” for unfortunate talented student, but this would materialized when we decided to go home for good. Another feather adds on my cap when the Lahing Kayumanggi vested on me the “Most Outstanding Leader of the community year 1995”.

As a whole, I came to Hong Kong to work in order  to earn a living, but it was always been my simple philosophy in life that whatever you do, you should do it like a leader. The most wonderful thing about my experiences as a leader is that I learned to love my duties and responsibilities as a leader as well as the thought of having to help others. But I cannot do all these without the active encouragement and participation of my JBL Dancers, Officers and Members with their loyalty and cooperation.

Another happiness in life that came to light , when I was chosen as Bagong Bayani 2000, and as well as the official nominee endorsed by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong S.A.R. to the Presidential Awards for Filipinos Individuals and Organizations Overseas received citation dated 15 December 2000. Also at the same year 2000, I was one of the awardees in the Ten Outstanding Employee in Hong Kong sponsored by Bell Publishing Manila at Queen Elizabeth Stadium Hong Kong. My Precious time had been rendered to (JBL) Just for Better Life as Founder Chairman, Black Panther Consolidated Martial Arts International as Adviser in Hong Kong Chapter. I became the officer of Balikatan sa Kaunlaran (BSK) Hong Kong Council as Vice President Internal in 2001. As being a leader my ultimate goal is to put practice then so called “transparency” within the body of my association which I have been registered. Another task come to me in the year 2006 I became the initial member of World Medical Support Services or WOMED USA Hong Kong Chapter and elected President in the year 2006 up to the present, the humanitarian voluntary services fill my heart fulfillment in voluntary works to my fellow OFW’s in Hong Kong that convinced me to join the nomination for OWWA Board of Trustees for Women Sector and I have been chosen rank 2 at the short list. I feel to go on my journey in charity works and again my protégée Miss Leonora Rebutin achieved her diploma in BSFI (Law of Fisheries) in my full support from high school up to college.

I am happily married to Norberto R. Cajada who is also with me working in Hong Kong. I never regret any moment because my loving husband always stands by me for good or bad times for 25 years even if we don’t have children of our own. We have achieved all the great fulfillment in life because of love, understanding, harmony, support, and determination for the benefits of living and I have nothing more to ask, but continue supporting the commitment of OFWs.

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