47 OFWs become US-certified computer technicians in Saipan

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[/caption] Citing a report of former labor attache to Saipan Carmelina Velasquez, Labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the brand new technicians were part of the 3,118 OFWs who have completed various livelihood and skills upgrading courses, including computer training, and financial literacy and business planning facilitated at the Filipino Workers Resource Center in the US territory in 2011. The Polo is now led by welfare officer Julia F. Fabian as officer-in-charge. In her report, labor attache Velasquez identified the 47 OFWs as Marcelo V. Masilungan, Gil Gapor, Sandy Gonzales, Roland Conde, Emer Banayos, Angel Deliva, Amado Tumbaga, and Rolando Vicencio, who composed the first batch of the certified trainees; Amor Zapata, June Florentino, Angeles Carandang, Edmin Elayda (second batch); Carlos Cortes, Rey Opena, Ana Marie Ocon, Cynthia Gugulan, Jovenal Bonafe, Emil Garra, Olive Yana, Johannes Obligacion, Hermelina Nuesca-Tanghal (third batch); Zaldy Quebral, Marilyn De Leon-Quebral, Edith Villanueva, Marichu Malabar, Marlon Echaure, Nenita Espinosa, Alex Racoma, Joe Lopez, Robert Sierra, Fil Romeo , Esper Jaro, Archie Ladringan, Nestor Tumaquip (fourth batch); and Mildred Pabilando, Manolito Basa, Jon Beating, Fernando Salacan, Edihuel Necesito, Edgar Caras, Leonita Tumaquip, Joel Fernandez, Rebecca Flores, Marlon Regaton, James Abuy, Harriet Ragasa Arenas, and Ethel Baskinas (fifth batch). Baldoz noted, however, that Saipan is one of the 10 Philippine missions worldwide that are scheduled to be closed down by the government. The labor chief said computer service technicians are in-demand both in the Philippines and abroad. The DOLE?s JobsFit 2020 Project includes computer technicians among the in-demand, hard-to-fill occupations, particularly in the cyber services industry, which is one of 12 key employment generators (KEGS) in the Philippines?s economy. ?With the US certification, the 47 OFWs are ready to compete with the best computer technicians in the world. Their enhanced qualifications opens them the door of immense employment or entrepreneurial opportunities once they return to the Philippines,? Baldoz said. ]]>

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