PhilFIDA RO V and OWWA-V Conducted Capability Building and Skills Training in Abaca Production Encouraging a Sustainable Future for OFW Family Circles in Bicol Region

Date Posted 10 May 2024

In Manito, Albay, and Legazpi City, 56 participants, including former OFWs and their family members, engaged in a comprehensive training program. Under the expert guidance of PhilFIDA Regional Office V (PhilFIDA RO V) spearheaded by OIC-Regional Director Mary Anne R. Molina and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-V Regional Training and Skills Coordinator Virginia N. Roranes, participants delved into the intricacies of abaca production, from cultivation to post-harvest handling. But beyond technical skills, the program ignited a spirit of entrepreneurship, with participants envisioning diversified farms and exploring opportunities in fiber trading and semi-processing. 

The Bicol Region boasts a significant population of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) whose remittances are vital to the nation's economy. However, upon their return, these individuals often face daunting challenges reintegrating into local communities. To address this, the OWWA-V, in collaboration with the PhilFIDA RO V, launched a transformative initiative: Capability Building and Skills Training for OFW Family Circles. 

The impact of this initiative extends beyond economic empowerment as it fosters a sense of self-reliance and confidence among participants. Grateful for the opportunities provided by OWWA-V and PhilFIDA, these empowered individuals embark on a journey toward sustainable livelihoods, carrying with them the collective aspiration of a brighter future for themselves and their communities.