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OFW RISE

Virtual Signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Overseas Filipino Workers Re-Integration through Skills and Entrepreneurship (OFW RISE) Program held last 05 November 2020 in simultaneous venues. Signatories were DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III (center), OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, (R) Coca Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Communications and Sustainability Director Jonah De Lumen-Pernia, (L) OWWA Deputy Administrator Faustino L. Sabarez III , (Upper right photo) PTTC OIC-Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera, (Lower right photo) Coca Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager Joy Munsayac-Cacal, TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, and TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Aniceto D. Bertiz.

 

A web-based training for online entrepreneurship can now be accessed by the returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) including their dependents through the OFW Re-Integration through Skills and Entrepreneurship (OFW RISE) Program.   This program is a public-private partnership between Department of Labor and Employment-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Department of Trade and Industry-Philippine Trade Training Center (DTI-PTTC) and the Coca Cola Philippines that was strengthened by the Virtual Signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held last 05 November 2020 in simultaneous venues.  Present were signatories DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Coca Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Communications and Sustainability Director Jonah De Lumen-Pernia, Deputy Administrator Faustino L. Sabarez III, PTTC OIC-Executive Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera, Coca Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Sustainability Manager Joy Munsayac-Cacal, TESDA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña, and TESDA Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Aniceto D. Bertiz.

The program aims to create enabling mechanisms for the economic recovery and re-integration of repatriated OFWs impacted by the pandemic by strengthening their skills on entrepreneurship.  It envisions to train atleast 10,000 OFW returnees across all gender and to engage them in strategic areas including the airport upon their return, in the quarantine facilities, in the PITEx/terminals as they return to their hometowns, and upon return in their homes. Most importantly, OFW RISE intends to encourage the entrepreneurial willingness of the OFW returnees to consider starting a livelihood to help them transition with entrepreneurship as an option for their economic reintegration.

Under the agreement, DOLE OWWA and Coca Cola Philippines will co-lead the program and will co-develop the design and/or transformation of web-based or online version of the modules including the conceptualization up to the monitoring and evaluation.

TESDA will host the online training program and will facilitate the issuance of certificates to the participant once completed the program.  The PTTC shall facilitate the links of OFW RISE and will tap the DTI Negosyo Centers and their business coaches/ mentor to assist and to guide the OFWs in their micro business start-up.

The partner agencies agreed to commit and to support in upskilling and empowering the OFW returnees on their plans of reintegration.  “We are glad that through this undertaking we are expanding the reach of our entrepreneurship trainings by making it available online for OFWs both for men and women that they could access”, the DOLE Secretary said.

            This collaboration is another milestone to show the bayanihan efforts of the public and private sector to help OFWs RISE to OFW HEROES from the impact of the pandemic brought by the COVID-19.