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A partnership for a common cause: DOLE and DTI cooperation
DOLE-NCR partnered with DTI-NCR in hosting and facilitating a series of capacity building activities.
Seminar above facilitated by DTI-NCRO-MEDS Head Elma P. Viray (left photo).
The changes being experienced in the world of work is an effect of the continuous development in the labor market. From the first industrial revolution up to the present, the innovations made in both economic and employment arenas gave the labor market structure and flexibility. As a result, it opened doors for many economies that generate and produce employment, paving the way for migration and people exchange. Such was the case of many Filipinos who opted to migrate for better opportunities, be it international or domestic. 
So as to provide a holistic approach in catering the needs of the Overseas Filipino Workers and the displaced personnel due to Boracay’s closure, DOLE-NCR partnered with DTI-NCR in hosting and facilitating a series of capacity building activities. With the aim of giving relevant information on entrepreneurship, the participants were given information on business start-up, financial literacy and other interventions such as the TULONG Puso of the Overseas' Workers Welfare Administration and Barangay Micro Business Enterprise of the Department of Trade and Industry.   
During the activities, the participants shared their experiences as OFWs and migrant workers, the struggles they made in ensuring the well-being of their families, and their accomplishment such as the education of their children and the small businesses they have started. A healthy exchange of opinions and concerns also happened during the open forum that elicited the ideas and recommended solutions from the participants.   
“We are very grateful to this initiative as we are able to learn new things and broaden our perspective in business start-up,” said a female displaced worker from Boracay and a beneficiary of the DOLE-Boracay Emergency Employment Program (BEEP). A former OFW from Manila mentioned that it opened another avenue to expand her business. “At least, may dagdag kaalaman na, may dagdag puhunan pa!” she said.
The initiative fostered cooperation among the agencies and the beneficiaries so as to promote a holistic method in bridging the latter to social benefits and programs being offered by the government. The three session activities were held to strengthen the partnership of DOLE and DTI as mandated under the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan economic and employment blueprint inked by the two agencies in 2016. END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes
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