Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families should take advantage of the undertakings provided by the government to make the most of their savings and investments. One such opportunity is venturing into agricultural businesses.
Executive Director Chona Mantilla of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) said this during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) between the NRCO and Agricultural Training Institute.
“We are optimistic that this partnership with ATI, our OFWs and their families who have parcel of lands and savings to invest would be encouraged to venture into agri-business opportunities,” said Mantilla after she signed the MOU with ATI Director Asterio P. Saliot.
Under the partnership, NRCO and ATI will jointly implement the “Byaheng Agripreneur”, an agriculture and business development project for OFW entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs and their families, which provide opportunities for exposure visits, experiential learning, and skill enhancement training, specifically in agricultural business.
The partnership also aims to encourage OFWs and their families to venture into productive and sustainable undertakings on agricultural businesses.
“ATI will fully support the endeavour of DOLE and hopefully will also be part to improve the livelihood and the status of OFWs,” Saliot said, adding, “in the future, program will convince OFWs to stay in the country together with their families”.
ATI is the lead agency for extension of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the overall manager of agriculture and fisheries training and extension of the Philippines.
The NRCO, on the other hand, is mandated to develop, promote and implement a national agenda on sustainable return and reintegration to address the multi-faceted reintegration needs of returning OFWs and their families, including the development of their hometowns and communities.
END/S. Perez, A. Camoral and Tim Laderas