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TESDA launches agribusiness program for OFWs

THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it has launched a program to train repatriated overseas workers in agribusiness.

At the launch on March 16, TESDA Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña said the program is intended to aid overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the pandemic, while addressing food security concerns.

“There are a lot of opportunities in agriculture. You can also establish your own mini-organic farms,” Lapeña said.

Lapeña said the Agri-Negosyo Para sa OFWs program will also open participants’ projects to investment and financing and assist in creating business plans.

He said 1.2 million individuals registered with TESDA’s online programs in the March-December period, with about 100,000 of them OFWs or their dependents.

In November, a joint memorandum circular was signed by TESDA, the Departments of Agriculture, Trade and Industry, and Science and Technology, and the National Economic and Development Authority to implement integrated programs and services related to agribusiness.