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READY TO TEACH. DOLEXI – NRCO SPIMS beneficiaries are all smiles as they pose in front of their teaching kits together with DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao,

Technical Services and Support Division Chief Paul V. Cruz and NRCO Focal Person Rea B. Sa-an during the turn-over ceremony on Tuesday January 31, 2017. EPM/DOLEXI

Five former OFWs under the Department of Labor and Employment Region XI National Reintegration Center for OFWs (DOLE XI-NRCO) “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir” (SPIMS) have received their teaching kits on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

SPIMS is an OFW reintegration convergence project of DOLE, Department of Education (DepEd) and other government agencies which provide opportunities for OFW Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) passers.

The turn-over of the teaching kits was headed by DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao together with DOLE XI Technical Services and Support Division OIC Chief Paul V. Cruz and NRCO XI Focal Person Rea B. Sa-an.

The teaching kits awarded to the beneficiaries namely Grace B. Cavalida, Leoniza Paran Bustamante, Ofelia C. Cabrera, Rabby Ventura and Mary Grace Ventura include an android tablet, voice aid lapel, flash drive, calculator, ballpens, markers, white board pens, notebooks, ruler, correction tape, and boxes of crayons and chalk to aid them when they get back to teaching in their preferred areas in the region.

Grace B. Cavalida, 28, graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing  (BSN) with 24 units of Education, was once a domestic helper in Hong Kong. She learned of the SPIMS Program, from a friend and applied online. Another former domestic helper, Leoniza Paran Bustamante, 36, a graduate of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED), worked in Dubai, and later transferred to Hong Kong. While in Hongkong, she took the Teachers’ Board and passed. Her longing to be with her family was enough for her to go home. She learned the program while she was still working in Hongkong, and also applied online. During the end of her contract, she went home and followed up her application at the DOLE XI Regional Office.

Ofelia C. Cabrera is 40 years old and married. She has two diplomas, namely, Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC), major in Marketing and Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED). She was once an English Teacher at Anuban Payong School in Thailand. Upon knowing from a friend that she could become a permanent teacher through SPIMS, she applied and qualified.

It is a double blessing for Rabby and Mary Grace Ventura, 30 and 31 years old, respectively. The two are husband and wife working as teachers in Thailand before. The couple read about SPIMS on Rappler and applied for two slots. Luckily, they got it.

The former OFWs belong to the second batch of SPIMs beneficiaries for 2016.

(Eduardo P. Monreal/DOLEXI)