47 OFWs now U.S.-certified computer service technicians in Saipan

Forty-seven overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) became U.S.-certified computer service technicians after training under the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Saipan.
Citing a report of former labor attache to Saipan Carmelina Velasquez, Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Baldoz said the 47 were part of the total 3,118 OFWs who have benefited from various livelihood and skills upgrading courses, including computer training, and financial literacy and business planning facilitated by the POLO at the Filipino Workers Resource Center in the U.S. 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).
“To enhance our OFWs’ employability and competitiveness, our POLO in Saipan continues to implement training programs for our OFWs there,” said Baldoz, noting that Saipan is one of the 10 Philippine Missions worldwide that has been decided to be closed by the government.
The labor and employment chief declared the POLO in Saipan is giving flesh to the overarching goal enunciated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to “invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable,” particularly by “assisting OFWs in achieving financial stability through training, investments, and savings programs.”
According to the secretary, 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 U.S. 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.