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.Â Kudos toÂ Nito Roque of OWWA and Lori Forman, TJ JavierÂ 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.
Â 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.