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Distressed OFWs in Cagayan participate in Entrepreneurial Development Training

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---To equip its target beneficiaries with vital learning on entrepreneurship which will eventually aid in their reintegration, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) in Region 2 spearheaded yesterday the conduct of Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) to 50 distressed OFWs at Tuguegarao City Hall.

The EDT is part of the social preparation activities intended to assist distressed OFW livelihood beneficiaries as they start their business ventures according to Sheilanee Mamuric, NRCO Coordinator in Region 2.

“It aims to provide them access to additional tools in building their financial literacy skills and make them learn to manage their money more sensibly,” Mamuric said.

Representatives from the Department of Trade and Industry Region 2 - Small and Medium Enterprise Roving Academy (SMERA) assisted and imparted knowledge to the participants as they open their eyes to the world of entrepreneurship.

The discussion includes self-preparation for entrepreneurial roles, business planning, and business management. It also covers financial awareness that could help OFWs and their families handle their finances and open avenues for future business experience.

Furthermore, the OFWs also raised their different concerns regarding business which includes the proper ways to choose the right business for them. They also asked for pieces of advice that can help them in putting up their own business and how to manage it well in the future.

On the other hand, Director Manuel C. Roldan of the Department of Labor and Employment – Region 2 (DOLE 2) said that the Entrepreneurial Development Training aims to capacitate the target beneficiaries with necessary business understanding that will greatly aid them in the planning of and operating a livelihood undertaking.

“This kind of training is a rare opportunity for you, our dear OFWs, to have something to start with. We believe that you can be successful because you’re all brave, knowing that you can ease the pain being away to your family when you were still abroad,” Dir. Roldan said.

The activity intends to teach the distressed OFWs the need and options of saving, holding and making additional money and help them plan, create a personal mission and set a timeline for their accomplishment as entrepreneurs.

The target beneficiaries were displaced by hostilities, wars/political conflict in the host country, victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking who were repatriated before finishing their contracts and those who do not want to go abroad anymore.

Those who have undergone the training and passed all the requirements will be beneficiaries of the Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay! Program which grants a non-cash livelihood assistance amounting to P10,000.00 that will provide relief to distressed OFW member due to various adversities abroad.

The NRCO is an attached agency of the DOLE that is tasked of reintegrating distressed OFWs to the mainstream of Philippine society. (END/JVP/RBE)


by Jolina V. Pelovello

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