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Monday, July 03, 2017

DTI to OFWs: "Mag-Negosyo" as Alternative Livelihood


No Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) wishes to work abroad forever. Working far from your loved one is very hard, but OFWs continue to do so to provide the needs of the family back home.  As OFW we should have a goal on when we should go home for good. But we cannot do this unless we already have a stable income in the Philippines that will be the source of our daily needs.  The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is another government agency that is helping Filipinos, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who wants to be entrepreneurs. As the DTI advice to OFWs, ‘Try entrepreneurship as an alternative livelihood.’





No Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) wishes to work abroad forever. Working far from your loved one is very hard, but OFWs continue to do so to provide the needs of the family back home.

As OFW we should have a goal on when we should go home for good. But we cannot do this unless we already have a stable income in the Philippines that will be the source of our daily needs.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is another government agency that is helping Filipinos, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who wants to be entrepreneurs. As the DTI advice to OFWs, ‘Try entrepreneurship as an alternative livelihood.’


But the question is how the DTI is helping OFWs or its family to start a new business?

1. Training and Seminars

The DTI has a series of training and seminars that are free to all who wants to learn how to do business or entrepreneurs or those who want their business to grow.

This July, below is the schedule of DTI's training and seminars. Common topics are about starting a business because many people want to start a business but the question is "paano?". The other topic is about enhancing skills, yes we have skills and if it is developed, we can earn from it.


2. Negosyo Centers

One of the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte to DTI is to establish OFW assistance desk in every Negosyo Centers nationwide. Even the president himself encourages OFWs to go into business as he said, "the government is ready to help the OFWs"

The OFW assistance desk role is to give advice to OFWs on what business they can go into depending on their passion, skills, and talents on opportunities that abound around, and on technology available.




For more information regarding Negosyo Centers, read this DTI Opens OFW Lanes at Negosyo Centers and this DTI Negosyo Center: For Those Who Needs Help Or Capital For Business!






  3. Loan Program

DTI together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has a livelihood loan assistance to returning OFWs and their families.

OFWs can apply for a loan assistance amounting to P100,000 and up to P2 million pesos

The program known as OFW-Enterprise Development and Loan Program (OFW-EDLP) was launched last September 2016.










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