National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)
The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has recently conducted an initial monitoring on the status of livelihood undertakings of women OFW-trainees under the Women Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home (Women REAcH).
Such trainings were conducted in Kuwait involving 84 women OFWs in the Bahay Kalinga in November 2017 using the Initial Modules; and in Taguig with 21 women OFW returnees in November 2018 using the Recalibrated Modules.
Based on the initial monitoring, seven out of 17 or 41% Women REAcH trainees in Taguig were able to establish and sustain their livelihood undertakings for three to five months. On the other hand, 30% of trainees in Kuwait were able to sustain their livelihood for six months to one year.
Said trainees in Taguig established their businesses such as meat processing, fish stand, rolling store, rice retailing, online cosmetics store, house rental, and massage, while trainees in Kuwait have sustained eatery, tailoring, hog-raising, “tuba” processing, loading station, pasalubong store, frozen goods, and Pisonet (internet) vending machine.
Women REAcH is an entrepreneurship training program for women OFWs, specifically those distressed, that is in partnership with Coca- Cola Philippines since 2017.
The initial monitoring was conducted by NRCO’s Program Coordination and Monitoring Division (PCMD) through phone interview and Women REAcH facebook groups. ###