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National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)

December 2019


OWWA NRCO, Coca Cola Phils. bring women reintegration preparedness program to Singapore

           Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), through its National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), and private sector partner Coca Cola Phils launched in December its Women Reintegrated and Economically Active at Home (Women REACH) Program in Singapore.  The rollout supports the goal of enhancing returning women OFWs’ access to a holistic reintegration preparedness program that will support their mainstreaming to their families and communities upon return.

            In the study commissioned by Coca Cola Phils in 2016, showed that the lack of return preparedness remains a constraint that makes reintegration difficult for women OFWs, more so with those who have been through distressful situations abroad.  Moreover, lack of access to proper entrepreneurship trainings makes it harder for women OFWs engaged in start-up businesses to manage and sustain their undertakings. 

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(In photo:  Women REACH participants from the care centers of POLO SG, CDE, and HOME with POLO Singapore Labor Attache Saul De Vries, Assistant Labor Attache Macy Maglanque, Welfare Officer Necy Cataran, Coca Cola Philippines Sustainability Manager Joy Munsayac- Cacal, Master Trainers Luzviminda Villanueva, Salie Siao, and NRCO PCMD Officer-in-Charge Elizabeth Zambarrano and Senior Officer Marco Antholin Santos)

          Under the Women REACH run in Singapore, 80 women OFWs were trained.  Of this number, 29 are distressed women OFWs from the care centers of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO SG), Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME), and Center for Domestic Employees (CDE) undergo the 3-day intensive training.  Trainers Luzviminda Villanueva, Elizabeth Zambarrano, and Marco Santos from OWWA NRCO and Coca Cola Philippines acquainted the participants to the three (3) modules comprising the Women REACH Training starting with self-mastery including confidence- building, skills mapping, managing reintegration, and visioning; to preparing for livelihood that covers personal finance; appreciating opportunities in entrepreneurship; and forming business ideas; and finally, developing business systems for start-ups.  Output of the training is the individual business model canvases of the participants’ chosen business ideas. 

            A wider number of women OFWs, on the other hand, were engaged through a half-day Women REACH briefing on entrepreneurship.  The session organized through POLO Singapore and Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST), was conducted for 50 women OFWs, mostly domestic workers.  Coca Cola Master Trainer Salie Siao walked the participants through topics including “Are you ready to be an Entrepreneur,” to “Introduction to Business Model Canvas”.

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(In photo: Women OFW- participants of the 5-hour Women REACH Entrepreneurship Briefing with Coca Cola Philippines and OWWA NRCO Master Trainers Luzviminda Villanueva, Salie Siao, Elizabeth Zambarrano, and Marco Santos and FAST Vice President Helen Tan and Executive Director William Chew)

            In November 25- 29, 2019, the Women REACH modules were also launched simultaneously in the cities of Davao and Cebu reaching 70 returned women OFWs.  It was introduced in Luzon in 2018.

            Subsequently, graduates of the intensive Women REACH trainings will be linked to a livelihood development catchment program including the OWWA Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay, NRCO Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay, or Livelihood Development Assistance Program that assist in the start-up capital.

            The Women REACH Program is a public- private partnership between the Department of Labor and Employment through OWWA and Coca Cola Philippines which started in 2016.   The program envisions that economic empowerment of return women OFWs through providing an integrated intervention for those returning women OFWs. It includes entrepreneurship training, access to start-up assistance, and access to peer mentors. 

            Coca Cola Phils lead the development of the training modules and transferred the technology to OWWA NRCO in 2018.###