Thirty-two former OFWs in Bicol are ready to embark on their chosen livelihood program after successfully completing the Financial Awareness and Small Business Management Training conducted recently by the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).


DOLE Regional Office No. 5 OIC Director Ma. Karina Trayvilla reported this to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, saying the livelihood training for the 32 returning OFWs was the first to be conducted in the region this year.


“This is just the start of the series of livelihood training we have scheduled for our beneficiaries in the region. We intend to bring this to all the provinces in Region 5,” said Regional Director Trayvilla.


According to Trayvilla, the beneficiaries of the one-day activity were mostly irregular, displaced, and distressed women OFWs from Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Albay, who have decided to stay in the country for good.


Director Trayvilla said the training aimed to increase the level of financial literacy of the returning OFWs, thus capacitate them to sustain and make profitable their chosen livelihood.


“In this way, we could also increase employment opportunities in these provinces. In fact, I challenged them to make a roadmap towards making their community based-livelihood successful enterprises in five years by maximizing the value-driven insights and learnings from the training and applying them in actual practice,” Trayvilla said.


The topics that were discussed during the training are basic bookkeeping, financial management, and handling small business.


“The activity was also aimed at teaching the OFWs to be self-reliant by providing them first a steady source of income from the livelihood grant of the DOLE-NRCO under its reintegration program,” Trayvilla explained in her report.


Maricel Nuestro, one of the trainees, hopes to use her learnings in gainfully reintegrating in her community after working overseas. “Mahalaga at kapaki-pakinabang ang mga natununan namin sa tamang pagnenegosyo. Mabuti naman para dito na lang kami sa Pilipinas. Magagamit po namin talaga yung natutunan namin sa training sa pagsisimula ng proyektong pangkabuhayan,” she said.


END/Chairmaine Aduviso/Tim Laderas

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