Recognizing opportunities in every crisis, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Japan trained migrant Filipino workers on food specialty, real estate, and online learning which are considered ‘bestseller’ businesses this ‘new normal.’
Dubbed ‘Negosyong Patok Ngayong COVID-19: The Champion Mindset,’ POLO – Japan conducted the training in collaboration with the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTIC) and in Tokyo and Osaka and Entrep-Academy Coach Jonathan Q. Petalver.
Petalver encouraged the trainees to shift from being an “Overseas Filipinos (OFs) to being an Overseas Filipino Entrepreneurs (OFEs).”
“We can overcome this pandemic and build as one nation with a Filipino spirit of Bayanihan. We are on our second step, learning new skills, retooling and upscaling our dear kababayans not only in Japan but all over the world who are joining us today through FB live”, Tokyo Labor Attaché Marie Rose C. Escalada said in a report over the weekend.
The event was held via Zoom and was also simultaneously live-streamed at POLO-OWWA Tokyo Official Facebook Fan page, reaching about 2,300 views and 5,400 social media users as of last week.
Elmer B. Poblete, a participant, and works as Supervisor, thanked POLO, OWWA, PTIC, and Coach Petalver for the online training which gave them tips and knowledge on starting a business.
“I realized that I could be a champion as early as today. As a young OFW, I could have a chance of being an entrepreneur with a disciplined mindset,” Poblete said.
POLO Welfare Officer Amy B. Crisostomo said the online training will be the start of more training and interventions for overseas Filipinos in Japan. She assured that the agency will continuously assist OFW OWWA-members in realizing their dreams of establishing a business.
The online training is a part of the Reintegration-Preparedness Program of POLO-OWWA Tokyo which aims to support and develop personality, enhance the skills and capabilities of OFWs, and mainstream returning OFWs into their communities.