OFW Corner

I have included as a Category an OFW Corner that will feature the latest news and services that are of great interest to our OFWs. I would also like to encourage our beloved OFWs to get their own blogs and am now working with OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque on how blogging can be included as part of their free IT Training Classes for OFWs and their dependents. Not a lot of people know that OWWA and Microsoft have opened up IT training facilities for our OFWs in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and very soon in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This was one of the projects I initiated during my stint as DOLE Undersecretary. These facilities and the free IT classes that go with it have enabled hundreds of OFWs to stay connected through e-mail and webchats with their loved ones. Kudos to Nito Roque of OWWA and Lori Forman, TJ Javier and Mae Rivera-Moreno of Microsoft for such a successful project!

Let me also report that Microsoft Philippines, Intel, PLDT, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration have come up with a special program called “Konek Ka Dyan.” Under this program, OFWs and their dependents here at home can apply for a one-year loan to purchase a specially-priced Personal Computer bundled with Internet access, webcam and other accessories. All an OWWA member has to do is to apply for that loan or authorize any member of his or her family to submit the application to OWWA. OFWs get special deals such as a notebook priced at less than 40K, a basic computer at around 24K and a more sophisticated model at a little more than 36K.

OFWs and their families who are interested in applying for the Family Assistance Loan of OWWA in relation to “Konek Ka Dyan” can drop by the OWWA Building at F. B. Harrison corner EDSA Buendia, Pasay City. The process is quick and you can also get a chance to win in the raffle promo where the top prize is no less than an Internet Cafe complete with PCs, a PLDT DSL connection, and other fixtures.

 For any announcements or concerns related to the lives and work of our OFWs, please post your comment and I will make sure it gets out in the blogosphere or are acted upon with dispatch by our hardworking and dedicated friends at DFA and DOLE.

Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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  • Hermelito M. Creer

    Dear Ms. Susan Ople,

    Greetings. I am an avid reader of your prolific writings in your column in Sunday Panorama and you featured once article re-OFW desiring to learn basic computing like excel, word, etc for free. Now that I have time for that I would like to avail of such opportunity. Will you furnish me the requirements? I used to be an OFW working in oil drilling and presently resident of Bocaue, Bulacan. I was born in San Isidro, Paombong but relocated to my present domicile.
    Recently, you featured Mr. Dave Almarinez a former OFW who is now engaged in MLM busines, may I know his present business address and contact numbers? Anyway, I never missed your columns in Panorama and very much impressed your style of writing, easy to understand, conveying across your thoughts clearly. I voted for you last election and will vote for you again. Most of your articles were about OFW, their dismal conditions and giving insight opportunities available. Perhaps majority of voting populations were not yet aware then about your concern for OFWs that you did not garnered enough votes for senator. Hopefully your facebook page will attract more readers and friends to exalt your cause in the senate seat.
    Thank you and more power
    Hermelito Creer

  • Hi Hermelito! Thanks for visiting my blog. I would love to see you in our Tulay classes. Would you be able to make it from 8 to 5 pm for ten days? Our office number is 833-5337. Just look for Mikka or Mark. Dave is currently in Canada on a family vacation but when he gets back, I’ll ask permission to give you his contact details. I hope you can drop by and visit the Blas F. Ople Center. It would give us a chance to get to know each other. Meanwhile, keep well and God bless. 🙂

  • Hermelito M. Creer

    Hi Ms. Susan,
    Thank you very much indeed for your reply and invitation. It is my honor to visit the Blas F. Ople Center and meet you personally. Yes, I can manage the ten days, 8 to 5 pm requirements for computer training. Wish you the best of health and God Bless.

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