The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai has launched an agricultural business program that will encourage overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to venture into business undertakings and eventually provide employment in hometowns and communities.


In her report to Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Labor Attaché Ofelia Domingo said the program, dubbed “Dubai Entrepinoy Reintegration Program,” will provide a doorway for economic and social reintegration for OFWs in Dubai and Northern Emirates, and will reduce the social costs of migration as it endeavors to assist returning OFWs and their families.


“The program also seeks to develop, implement, and evolve progressive and responsive reintegration programs for OFWs and their families that are attuned to their communities’ needs, and maximize the benefits of migration for the development of the country,” said Domingo.


Implementing the program are the POLO-Dubai in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate General Dubai and Northern Emirates (PCG-DNE), Filipino Human Resources Practitioners’ Association (Fil-HR-Dubai), Don Bosco Multipurpose Cooperative (DBMC), and the municipality of Mlang, North Cotabato.


Domingo said that the program will involve the production of organic rice, which will come from the municipality of Mlang, North Cotabato, identified as one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines, and will be distributed in the UAE, through DBMC.


The DBMC owns 159 hectares of rice land planted with internationally certified organic and halal rice in Mlang, where the household service workers (HSWs) will be given slots.


“While the production will be in the Philippines, OFWs in the UAE will handle the marketing, distribution and financing activities,” said Domingo.


Prior to the launch, Romano Laurilla, general manager of DBMC has conducted a briefing for the technical working group, including the first 15 investors on organic farming and marketing at the POLO-Dubai.


He shared that aside from jobs generation, the program will promote health among the farmers and consumers, and will help preserve the environment as inorganic fertilizers and pesticides will not be used in the rice production.


END/POLO-Dubai report/Tim Laderas

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