THE PROVINCIAL government of Iloilo recently launched a website containing opportunities for returning Ilonggo Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
‘BaLinkBayan’ is a portal that contains information on employment and investment opportunities, government services, and other philanthropic activities with which the OFWs can explore when they return in Iloilo.
It is an initiative of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the provincial government.
Marie del Rosario-Apattad, CFO project management division director said they like to engage the local government units (LGUs) in the initiative to also highlight their services and programs for migrant workers.
“We partnered with selected local governments for them to be able to personalize the site according to the needs of their constituents. We would like the province to highlight the investment opportunities that OFWs can explore when they go back here,” she said.
“As to philanthropic activities, maybe they want to donate or transfer the knowledge that they acquired while working in other countries,” she added.
Jayrel Encontro, PESO-Iloilo focal person for migration and development initiative said the website is expected to cater to more than 15,000 Ilonggo OFWs.
It will include inputs from different concerned agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Employment Association (POEA).
“The website also contains news releases from agencies concerning OFWs,” he said.
Apattad said the program was conceptualized after the CFO held a dialogue with several OFWs to ask them of what they want to see in the website.
CFO has previously launched the program in other areas and Iloilo Province is the pilot area for Western Visayas.
Apattad said they also plan to expand to other provinces such as Aklan and Antique.