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Migration and development issues addressed in Capability Training

by Ruel Francisco
October 5, 2019

INDANG, Cavite –Issues on migration and development were tackled recently in the two-day Capability Building Training for Local Migration and Development Actors held at the AVP Room of the College of Nursing, Cavite State University (CvSU) – Main Campus

Precyl Ramos, Social Welfare Officer III of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of Cavite in her talk, said there are about 10% of the Philippine population or 10.2 million Filipinos who are Overseas Filipinos (OFs) working in 193 countries all over the world of which the province of Cavite tops the list with land and sea-based overseas workers.

Ms. Rment in the national and regional level and the province’s initiatives in responding to OF clieamos discussed the problems faced by OFWs with the consequential positive and  effects of migration to the country and the community as well, that is why “the role of the governnts and their families is very vital,” Ms. Ramos stressed.

A Pre-Migration Orientation Seminar facilitated by OWWA Region 4A Coordinator, Mr. Rosauro Dela Rosa Octaviano was conducted in the afternoon. The participants were enlightened on the answers to these questions: What lures the Filipino to Work abroad; Are you Qualified; What it takes to become an OFW; What will you leave and miss and; the pros and cons of working overseas.

Mr. Octaviano reiterated that, “In order to survive overseas, OFWs must be able to successfully adapt and adjust to the culture, working condition and environment of the host country because failure to do so may lead to premature termination of contract and an abrupt end to their search for better opportunity.”

He also conveyed the programs and services being offered by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) such as Social Benefits Program, Education and Trainings Assistance Program, Workers Welfare Assistance Program and Social and Family Welfare Services.

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Ms. Sheryll Loyola of the Provincial Cooperative, Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCLEDO) discussed several programs and services of the PGC for OFs like the Psycho-Social and Financial Assistance Services under the PSWDO, Department of Education – Cavite, Provincial Population Office and Provincial Legal Office. Economic and Capacity Building Services offered by Provincial ICT Office, Provincial PESO, Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and PCLEDO

Other services offered by line agencies like DTI, DSWD, TESDA were presented during the second day of the training.

Mr. Rico Chavez of DTI-Cavite explained DTI’s Shared Services Facility (SSF) project which supports MSMEs in expanding their business thru better technology and equipment, trainings like SME Roving Academy, Kapatid Mentor ME, Negosyo Center Services and OTOP Next Gen.

Ms. Evangeline Pangiligan and Ms. Rhodora Sajor of DSWD – Region 4A presented the International Social Services Office (ISSO) of DSWD with the mandate of acting as the central authority on matters related to international social services for OFs. Its programs and projects aims to protect and support distressed and undocumented OFs and their families on foreign soil. She mentioned that DSWD has seven Foreign Service posts with Social Welfare Attaches situated in Qatar, Malaysia, Kuwait, Hong Kong, Riyadh and Jeddah in KSA and Dubai, UAE.

She added that ISS Regional Field Offices/LSWDOs will continuously provide support to the OFs upon return thru specific programs and services like provision of financial assistance, psychosocial services, temporary shelter assistance, sustainable livelihood programs and other reintegration services.

The event also gave way to an open forum where the problems of OFs encountered and other relevant issues on reintegration phase (pre-departure, on-site and successful return) were tackled.

Closing the event, Ms. Felipa G. Servanez, PSWD Head, thanked the speakers who gave their time to share their knowledge and insights on these relevant matters and proudly shared the milestone of CMDO.

She further encouraged the participants saying, “I believe that you are the right representatives of your LGUs who are capable to provide the needed support to our migrant brothers and sisters in the province.”

Representatives from the Municipal and City Social Welfare and Development Office, Local Government Units, Public Employment and Services Office (PESO), OFW organization, DTI’s Negosyo Center and students from CvSU attended the capability building training. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite/with reports from PICAD)

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