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Skills enhancement seminar held for Returning OFWs
The Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) weathered all types of challenges and hurdled perils in life. They rather leave their families behind and face uncertainties in foreign land just to provide a better future for their loved ones.
The social impact of leaving their families to seek the perceived better opportunities elsewhere is a perennial concern that keeps rearing with the passing of time. Children grew up without proper guidance from parents and what they left behind were mostly compensated by material and financial benefits. 
Many of the parents left behind performs double duty to keep up with the rigors of raising and guiding the children alone. Such story is familiar and prevalent in all parts of the country and it is even portrayed in movie and television productions.
It is in this premise that the DOLE through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) provides programs that cater to the OFWs’ re-acquaintance to the country. From March to May 2018, the region’s NRCO focal person Marco Antholin T. Santos spearheaded a series of orientation seminars that aims to provide assistance to the returning OFWs. Dubbed as "Balik Pinay! Balik Hanapbuhay!”, the participants were capacitated on business start-ups such as financial literacy and small business management training.
More than 400 returning OFWs participated in the activity that was held at DOLE-NCR’s Regional Office. Most of them prefer to establish a small business such as food stall, ‘Carinderia', ‘Sari-Sari Store, and selling of ready-to-wear (RTW) items. 
The participants expressed their profound gratitude on the service provided to them and commended the Office on the warm reception they received from the employees. A former factory worker in Taiwan for five years said “masaya ako dahil may ganitong programa. Makakasama ko na ang pamilya ko at makakapagsimula na ulit kami." A household service staff in the Middle East said “makakatulong ito sa amin, lalo na sa pag-aaral ng mga anak ko." Another participant, who is a breadwinner of her family in the province said "makakadagdag sa pang gastos ng mga kapaitd ko at panggamot ng tatay ko yung kikitain ko sa programa ng DOLE.” END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes / IMSD-LCO-2018-05 / GNMY18-03
Dir. H. J. Jalbuena
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