The Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE is developing overseas Filipino workers to become entrepreneurs by offering them an online entrepreneurship course.
The course is part of the OFW Reintegration initiative through the Skills and Entrepreneurship (OFW RISE) Program.
“We recognize the importance of entrepreneurship orientations and pieces of training to stir entrepreneurial willingness among our OFW returnees. We want to support their productive reintegration by helping them set up their business here and be with their families,” DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
The said program for OFWs is a collaboration between the DOLE, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC); and Coca-Cola Philippines.
It aims to provide OFW-participants with access to web-based training on basic entrepreneurship and practical business coaching. Furthermore, it will also enable them to develop business ideas and turn them into reality through livelihood assistance and other micro-financing programs.
Bello added that the multi-stakeholder partnership provides a model for technical coordination among key actors, both from the private and government sectors, to work towards upskilling and empowering OFW returnees.
Under the partnership, OWWA shall provide partner agencies with information on returning OFWs and quarantine centers’ locations to facilitate planning processes, targeting participants, and scheduling activities.
On the other hand, Coca-Cola Philippines will lead the design and conduct of webinars for the program facilitators and business coaches, as well as allocate resources to print initial sets of training handbooks. Furthermore, it shall also establish links with selected microfinance institutions, which will help OFWs access credit to implement their business plans.
Meanwhile, TESDA will facilitate the issuance of electronic certificates of completion to participants who finished the modules and required outputs following TESDA requirements.
Lastly, PTTC will help tap into the Department of Trade and Industry Negosyo Centers at the local level to develop an ecosystem for OFW assistance on business start-ups.