News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
October 20, 2020

Female OFWs in Dubai use downtime to upgrade work skills

DUBAI – The labor department says that the reason why the skill and talent of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is a premium all over the world is because OFWs never stop honing their skill and talent even in a time of pandemic. In Dubai, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said that female OFWs have been undergoing reskilling and upskilling trainings even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

POLO-Dubai  announced that it had provided skills enhancement trainings to female wards housed at the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC). The MWOFRC, which is managed by the POLO, serves as a temporary shelter for “distressed” overseas Filipinos. In the center, the OFWs learn new techniques on sewing and cooking through in-house trainings conducted by the POLO staff.

In March, at the onset of the pandemic, POLO staffer Glenda Alibasa started teaching basic sewing at the MWOFRC. Presently, a total of 170 ladies have already participated in the training, which is conducted on weekends. MWOFRC ward Vanessa Besa is one of Alibasa’s trainees. With no background in sewing, Besa has learned how to sew various items in less than a month.

“Ako po ay dumating sa POLO ng March 7. Natuto akong manahi noong April 3 sa POLO kay teacher Glenda ng reversible bag. Wala po akong background sa pananahi, yun po ang first time ko humawak ng makina. Sa aking pagsali ay naging confident ako sa pananahi at dumating sa puntong ako naman ay nag-aassist kay teacher Glenda sa mga baguhan na gusto din matuto manahi,” shared Besa.

Erika Oliveros, another POLO staffer, started teaching cooking to 20 ladies housed at the MWOFRC. The participants learned the different ingredients used for salads and the various techniques for cutting, mixing, and cooking. “Marami ang iniisip na kinakailangan na sa mga restaurant makakain ng masarap na pagkain. Ngunit ang sikreto sa isang masarap na putahe ay hindi ang presyo nito kung hindi ang tama at malinis na paghahanda ng mga rekado. Nadagdagan natin ang kaalaman sa pagluluto ng mga kababaihan sa POLO Dubai,” said Oliveros.

MWOFRC ward Angelica Benitez has found hope after learning new skills in the cooking class.

“Nag-join po ako sa cooking class dahil gusto ko matuto ng iba’t ibang klase ng luto. Sa umpisa ay kinabahan po ako baka hindi ko magawa ng maayos ang pagluluto, pero nakuha ko rin naman ang tamang lasa ng mga tinurong putahe ni mam Erika. Kung sakali man ay gagamitin ko ang natutunan ko para magtayo ng negosyo tulad ng karinderya pag-uwi sa Pilipinas,” said Benitez.

END/POLO-Dubai

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