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By John Maico Hernandez

In a move to help two Balikabayanihan Scholars and iFWD PH Applicants of the current batch enrolled in a training for returned migrants called Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) facilitated by Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative and National Government Agencies such as Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Batangas conducted an online Boot Camp on October 22 via Google Meet.

Balikabayanihan Scholars who partook the activity were Ms. Lilibeth Danan, an OFW returnee from Singapore and a resident of Taysan, and Mr. Derek Garcia, an OFW returnee from United Arab Emirates and a resident of San Juan, Batangas. During the Boot Camp, they shared the challenges confronting them in writing their business plans. They also presented the parts which they find difficult to accomplish and those with lacking inputs.

DOST-Batangas staff, Mr. John Maico Hernandez and Mr. John Michael Florendo, served as the facilitators of the boot camp. They shared their expertise in writing business plans and provided plan-specific inputs to help the two potential iFWD PH Applicants. They also provided Ms. Danan with suggestions on improving her existing food products and processes and on complying with the basic food safety requirements.

Ms. Danan and Mr. Garcia are expected to graduate the SIYB Training this November and avail DOST iFWD PH Program. The iFWD PH short for Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines is DOST’s response to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on displaced OFWs, their dependents, and other Filipinos living abroad who would want to go home or invest in the country for financial stability and security.