JOSE Felino “Joefel” Resol, Jr., an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) advocate and a noted community leader, is one of the finalists for the Individual Category in the 2017 Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino awards.
Resol is a long-time community organizer and a full-time parish worker at the Patronage of St. Joseph Parish in Pototan, Iloilo, where he heads the Service Ministry arm of the church.
Under his watch, he was one of the people who founded the St. Joseph Movement of Migrant Workers & their Families, an OFW Family Circle (OFC) group also based in Pototan.
Resol is also one of the lead coordinators of the Jaro Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc., and the WIMLER Foundation.
Other than church and non-governmental organizations, Resol also frequently collaborates with Local Government Agencies, particularly Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office (OWWARWO) 6, to carry out the said agency’s programs at the grassroots level.
In his acceptance speech at the awarding ceremonies last May 16 in Davao City, Resol stressed that the award is just one way of giving back to the communities he served.
“This award is not for me. It is for us,” he said. “Whatever knowledge I have shared is not mine. I am fortunate to have learned so much from the people I came in contact with, so this is just my humble way of giving it back.”
James Mendiola, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of OWWARWO-6, congratulated Resol and emphasized why he deserved the award.
“It is thru Mr. Resol’s efforts with the various OFC and migrants’ rights groups in the region that allowed us to bring our programs closer to the community,” Mendiola said.
“I hope his win will inspire the younger generation to give back and uplift their communities.”