On this day, June 16, in 1938, Filipino dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Ramon Obusan was born in Legazpi City, Albay. He is best known for his comprehensive and in-depth research and documentation on the dances and music of different Filipino ethnic groups.
In 1971, he established the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group (ROFG), a performing arts company that promoted Filipino dances and culture in academic and diplomatic exchanges abroad. He was named National Artist for Dance in May 2006 and died in December that year.
On This Day, June 16, in 2017, the Joint Memorandum Circular on the Conduct of Medical Repatriation of Overseas Filipinos was signed by the DFA with the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Manila International Airport Authority.
Under the Joint Memorandum Circular, referring agencies such as the DFA’s Office of Migrant Workers Affairs will identify the services for Filipinos that need medical repatriation from a foreign country. These services include airport assistance, endorsement to DOH hospitals or non-DOH facilities, financial assistance through the DSWD or DOH Medical Assistance Program, and PhilHealth membership coverage.