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Livelihood training, membership promotion for OFWs in Brunei held

Manila (3 December) -- The Philippine Embassy in Brunei conducted a free livelihood training on Haircut, Style, Make-up, membership promotions and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) to Filipino expatriates based in Belait District, Brunei on November 21, 2010.

Held in cooperation with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), the activity is part of the Embassy's continuing effort to reach out to overseas Filipino workers.

A total of 47 participants attended the livelihood training program.

The livelihood training program aims to equip the participants with new knowledge and skills and to support the reintegration program of the Philippine government which provides overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with other self-employment opportunities and maximizes their potentials to become entrepreneurs upon their return to the Philippines.

Membership promotion was also conducted through issuance of OECs, which facilitates exit from the Philippines and exempts OFWs from paying travel tax and airport fees; and renewal of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) membership.

The resource speaker for the training was Ms. Jenny Sagrado, a known hair stylist and make-up artist of the Essentuals Beauty Hair and Nail Spa, located at The Mall Gadong.

The first half of the training started with a demonstration on haircut styles wherein all the participants were given the opportunity to learn through hands-on hair cutting. Winners of the best hairstylist were later declared.

The second half of training was devoted to simple and smoky make-up with the participants being taught the basic requirements on applying make-up during daytime and night time.

All participants were then required to put make-up to their co-participants, and the best makeup artist was proclaimed.

Labor Attaché Elizabeth O. Recio likewise presented the principles/theories and practices on Personal Financial Management and promoted the culture of savings toward financial independence.

The POLO issued 81 OEC's and 21 OWWA membership renewals under its membership promotion program.

The participants appreciated this training as a practical program that can also benefit their own family members, and requested POLO to conduct other skills trainings. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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