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  • Writer's pictureDianne Jayne Lumines

Are you an OFW seeking to put up a business? This could be for you

Tabuk City, Kalinga―With its aim to provide opportunities for Overseas Filipino Workers to have a business in relation to technology-based enterprises in the country, the Department of Science and Technology is training eight firms or beneficiaries in Cordillera region regarding Business Core Development.

The beneficiaries are mostly former OFWs.

The training is part of the implementation of the DOST’s program called Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) for 2021.

According to DOST, iFWD PH program was launched on May 20, 2020 during a virtual presser aired through the DOST-Philippines Facebook page.

DOST said the first project was launched on May 11, 2021 in Luna, Apayao with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of the Hachloley Caluducan Curtains and Beddings.

It is managed by former overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Mrs. Joanna Marie Caluducan. The business focuses on marketing curtains and beddings accented with woven fabrics of the yApayaos.

As for this year’s beneficiaries, the 8 firm applicants came from Abra, Apayao, Kalinga and Mt. Province, Benguet and Ifugao, with the first four provinces having one and the latter two with two beneficiaries.

The conduct of training on Business Core Development would prepare the business entrepreneurs skills and knowledge for jumpstarting their respective businesses. Included in the training is the preparation of project proposals of the firms.

DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy Bantog expressed that the program is in response to the challenges faced by OFWs who were affected by the pandemic and committed to continue to work hard and work together to advance the livelihood of the modern-day heroes.


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