Online entrepreneurship course for OFWs being offered

by Betheena Unite

An online entrepreneurship course is now being offered to returning overseas Filipino workers to help them develop their own business undertakings.

Dubbed OFW Reintegration through Skills and Entrepreneurship (OFW RISE) program, it aims to provide OFW-participants access to Web-based training on basic entrepreneurship and practical business coaching.

It is a four-hour entrepreneurship course, which will be in an “edutainment format,” that can be accessed by OFWs through their gadgets while they are in quarantine facilities or when they return to their home base.

The initiative would enable them to develop their business idea, and implement this through livelihood assistance and other micro financing programs.

“We recognize the importance of entrepreneurship orientations and trainings to stir entrepreneurial willingness among our OFW returnees,” Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

“We want to support their productive reintegration by helping them set up their business here and be with their families,” Bello added.

The Labor and Employment Secretary said that the program is a multi-stakeholder partnership which will also serve as “a model for technical coordination among key actors, both from the private sector and the government, to work towards upskilling and empowerment of our OFW returnees.”

It is a a collaboration with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), and Coca-Cola Philippines.

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