In London, Labor Attache herself trains OFWs on edible fruit bouquet arrangement

Date Posted: September 23rd, 2014 03:28 AM


In London, Labor Attache herself trains OFWs on edible fruit bouquet arrangement Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in London headed by Labor Attache Joan Lourdes Lavilla for bringing the National Reintegration Program, for the first time, for OFWs outside of London. The program comprises of financial literacy and entrepreneurship seminar, and skills training program on edible fruit bouquet arrangement. Twenty-eight OFWs participated in the fruit bouquet arrangement training, coached by Labatt Lavilla herself, along with welfare officer Esperanza Cobarrubias. The training and seminar was brought by the POLO-London in collaboration with the Watford Filipino Association, through its President, Jonathan Agustin, on 31 August 2014 in the Hertfordshire, London. In the training, POLO officials imparted their knowledge and skills on the art of preparing, shaping, and arranging fruits into a bouquet as a creative way of gift-giving in any special occasions. The participants were also encouraged to engage in edible fruit bouquet arrangement as an entrepreneurial option. “A fruit bouquet costs £25.00 to £60.00, depending on the arrangement. With an affordable capital, earning is quite easy, providing additional income for our OFWs. It also provides fun and enjoyment in doing this art,” said Labatt Lavilla. Labatt Lavilla is optimistic that the OFWs can take advantage of this skill to become entrepreneurs in the London, and in the Philippines, should they decide to come home. “I encouraged the OFWs to share their newly-acquired knowledge and skills to other OFWs, their families, and friends, as they return in the Philippines. This can empower their family members staying in the Philippines for additional income,” Lavilla added. “The DOLE, through its POLOs abroad, continues the wide and effective implementation of its programs, providing OFWs alternative or additional means of income-generation. We also provides information campaign and strict monitoring process for the programs we implement, so as to deliver to the OFWs the message of appreciating entrepreneurship as a livelihood, upon their return in the Philippines,” Baldoz said. END/Virgilio Doroja, POLO-UK

Created Oct 23rd 2014, 15:11


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