OFW returnees attend livelihood, skills training

LAOAG CITY – Twenty-nine distressed female Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Ilocos Norte have availed of the 3-day livelihood and skills training and seminar on souvenir and gift items conducted at the Ilocos Norte Capitol-Auditorium last December 3-5.

Established under the Department of Labor and Employment’s “Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanap-buhay” project, the skills and training seminar was spearheaded by by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office I (OWWA-RWOI)  in cooperation with the provincial government of Ilocos Norte, and National Tobacco Administration.

The program is aimed to encourage female OFW returnees to start their own business by fostering their creativity and boosting their entrepreneurial skills.

Resource speaker for the training was Abiendo Malaqui, a seasoned arts-and-crafts lecturer who is also working at the Provincial Tourism Office.

According to OWWA-RWOI Supervising Administrative Officer Marivic Mondina who is currently based in San Fernando City, La Union, the training  focused on the fundamentals of crafting various novelty items, particularly Christmas decors and home accents through the use of indigenous materials while the seminar oriented the participants on product costing and financial literacy.

Mondina lauded Governor Imee R. Marcos’ for her support to the program and her advocacy for livelihood development which include the provision of seed capital to small-scale businesses in the province. (Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO)