OWWA Computer Training launched IT training as part of their long term mission for all the members. It’s more convenient as well as economical for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) around the world to communicate with their loved ones in the country through the so-called social networking sites in the internet such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype.
The convenience of this online channel is popular due to the accessibility and it only takes seconds to send and receive instant messages to their families and vice versa compared to snail mails known before.
OFWs and their loved can also talk virtually through the use of popular video chat especially via Skype. Moreover, it is also economical because it is cheaper than sending mobile messages every now and then that cost hundreds or thousands of pesos every month. OFWs need only to contact their local internet provider to install internet connections in their homes abroad.
However, this is the real truth that there are some OFWs who don’t know how to use such technologies. Others don’t even know how to type in a keyboard. As such, they just stick on sending short messages to their loved ones.
To solve the problem, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have launched, in partnership with Microsoft Philippines, the TULAY OR BRIDGE EDUCATION. OWWA Computer Training for OFWs aims to provide OFWs Information Technology (IT) training and access to technology that will enable them and their families to communicate through the internet.
The Tulay or Bridge Education Program is a part of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential (UP), a global initiative aimed at providing technology and skills for individuals. OFWs and their families learn the basics of computer applications such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel as well as internet and e-mail use at the Community Technology Learning Centers (CTLC).
Through Tulay, the OWWA Computer Training aims to gain IT skills that will enhance their work, thus increasing their value in the workplace. These new IT skills can further help them become more competitive in pursuing a career in the country upon their return.
The OWWA Computer Training for OFWs also aims to address the primary issue of family disintegration. It is hoped that through the project, problems arising from OFWs’ prolonged separation from their families will be greatly minimized and as it mitigates the social impact of being away from home because of the accessibility and ease of using technology to connect and communicate to loved ones at home.
The CTLCs being maintained and operated by DOLE-OWWA are located at the OWWA Central Office, OWWA Satellite Office in POEA, OWWA Regional Welfare Offices as well as OWWA overseas posts in Riyadh (KSA), Hong Kong, Taichung (Taiwan), Rome and Milan (Italy)
Thus, through the implementation of the OWWA Computer Training for OFWs, many OFWs would be knowledgeable enough to communicate with their loved ones online. They can not only save time and money but they can also talk with them as long as they want to.