Koronadal City – A total of 106 Overseas Filipino Worker entrepreneurs (OFWpreneurs) in the SOCSKSARGEN region convened for the 1st Stakeholders’ Forum on Reintegration on August 8-9, 2019 held at The Farm, Brgy. Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

The said event which is in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) XII and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XII served as a venue for individual OFWpreneurs and OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in showcasing their livelihood products.

Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) 12 OIC-Director Kristine Marie H. Sison in her message pointed out that the activity aims to provide OFWpreneurs in the region with new entrepreneurial and technical strategies necessary for the sustainability and improvement of the existing businesses of the OFWpreneurs

“We have partnered with DOST and DTI in order to help our OFWpreneurs improved their products. As part of our commitment to serve them, we spearheaded this activity to give them additional inputs on how to properly adopt with the advent of modern technology and cope up with the demands of the growing market,” said OIC-Director Sison.

Resource speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 12 Jessa Jane Locaberte and Kristine Joy Chua discussed the programs and services of the DTI. Topics on Good Manufacturing Practices and Product Critiquing Session were undertaken to ensure safety and quality and assessessment of packaging and style of the products.

DOST Provincial Director Engr. Mahdala Alonto also shared technical inputs on Product Development of existing livelihood projects and adaptability to modern technology of the Micro and Small Medium Enterprises.

Meanwhile, DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano thanked OWWA 12 in conducting such forum purposely catered for budding OFWpreneurs in the region.

“It’s good to know that OWWA never stops in looking for programs and strategies in improving the lives of our OFWs who opted to return and stay here and eventually start their own business. I want to challenge the OFWpreneurs to improve and enhance your products in order to compete in the national market,” said RD Cano.

The OWWA is an agency attached to the Department of Labor and Employment which has a mandate in the protection of the interest of OFWs and their families, providing  social security, cultural services and help with employment, remittances and legal matters.  End/CDGamboa with reports from EDCerna