IN a country teeming with jobless and underemployed individuals, the retrenchment of Filipinos working abroad worries everybody.
This is understandable since many Filipinos, like other people in the Third World, still prefer to work overseas because of low pay in the country.
Aware of this, Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to set up a startup office for OFWs.
Under Villafuerte’s House Bill No. 2883, the DTI is mandated to create a special Startup Office with an initial allocation of P100 million.
Villafuerte said the proposed DTI office would cater to startup entrepreneurs as part of government efforts to help displaced Filipino migrant workers.
Not only that. The Bicolano lawmaker also asked local government chief executives to come up with ordinances that would provide incentives to startup establishments.
Through these proposals, Villafuerte said the government would be able to restart the stalled Philippine Roadmap for Digital Startups.
The establishment of the new DTI office will not only benefit our returning OFWs but also other budding entrepreneurs, who find it hard to look for jobs in the country.
And we agree with Villafuerte that many OFWs have a lot of potential to become successful entrepreneurs because of their accumulated vast amount of experience and knowledge.
Some quarters said that losing one’s high-paying job abroad might be a blessing in disguise.
Baka maging daan pa ito para maging matagumpay na entrepreneur ang isang taong matagal na nagtrabaho bilang katulong, hardinero o mensahero sa Gitnang Silangan.