ILOILO CITY, Aug 10 — Close to 10,000 Overseas Filipino Workers and their dependents have availed of the free computer training by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) here.
In data gathered from OWWA, a total of 9,809 individuals have availed of the Tulay (Bridge) Project since it was launched in this city in April 2008. It is being supported by the Microsoft Philippines under its Unlimited Potential-Community Technology Skills Program.
The free training aimed to equip returning OFWs, their relatives and those from the informal sector with computer skills to help them find better employment opportunities. It also eyed to decrease the incidence of family break up due to absentee parenting, hence strengthen their ties through the use of internet facilities.
Conie H. Binarao of the OWWA program services division said that those interested to avail of the program can just proceed to their office, submit requirements and choose their schedule depending on their preferred module.
The modules available include computer fundamentals I that run for 10 days; computer fundamentals II that cover word processing fundamentals, presentation fundamentals, internet and world wide web fundamentals (15 days); spreadsheet fundamentals (four to five days); digital media fundamentals (four to five days) and Learn and Earn: Using Technology Wisely.
Binarao said that a night class from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. was also made available to accommodate more interested learners.