Saturday, 4 April 2009

Skills training for displaced OFWs offered


CEBU CITY — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has urged overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have lost their jobs to avail of free business and skills training seminars.

Minerva Yap, director of the National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center (NERBAC) in Cebu, said they have been holding free seminars on the business permit and licensing system every Wednesday afternoon.

Displaced OFWs who want to become entrepreneurs will find the seminars useful. Entrepreneurs who equip themselves with sufficient knowledge on the intricacies of business will have a better chance at success, especially in difficult times, Ms. Yap said.

During the seminar, participants can interact with speakers from the DTI, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Corp. (PhilHealth), Pag-ibig Fund and the Cebu city government.

Another free seminar, this time on enterprise development, is being conducted together with a skills training session every Tuesday (except in the fourth week of the month) from March to June this year in all DTI provincial offices in Central Visayas.

NERBAC, which was launched in Cebu in November 2006, was put up to assist start-up and expanding businesses in licensing and registration, knowledge and information management and proactive investment marketing. It is aimed at reducing red tape and improving efficiency in government services.

The center is supported by the Private Sector Promotion Program (SMEDSEP), a development cooperation project between the Philippine and German governments.

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