OWWA lines up Sunday lectures, trainings for OFWs in HK
HONG KONG – Filipino workers with business to transact at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) office in Admiralty Centre will have some gainful activities waiting for them.
Welfare Officer Judith Santos told The SUN about a series of activities being lined up to help OFWs improve their skills.
One such activity was a lecture last Sunday, April 12, on natural remedies for medical problems conducted by Dr. Jesuscita Jao Sodusta, a physician who taught at Hong Kong University and now specializes in herbal health solutions.
But the main Sunday activity will be OWWA's bi-monthly post arrival orientation seminar (PAOS), slated to be held in the lecture hall of the new Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) on 11th floor of Admiralty Centre.
The PAOS used to be held monthly when POLO used to share offices with the Philippine Consulate in nearby United Centre.
Santos said OWWA is looking to hold a weekly PAOS, but is still trying to arrange the schedule.
For now, it is being held twice a month, and is usually attended by around 95 persons who are divided into two batches.
Welfare officer Lorna Obedoza, conducts the lectures.
"Pasingit-singit lang po, depende kung available ang resource persons," Obedoza said. (Our events are based on the availability of resource persons.)
The lectures and trainings are expected to focus on various subjects, depending on the OFWs' needs.
"These trainings, such as one on financial literacy, training for reintegration... they are part of our program. We will conduct them here," Santos said.
She said there will be a course in basic Cantonese which could help workers bridge the language barrier with their employers.
"At least, 'yung basic instruction ng amo maiintindihan nila," Santos said. (At least they would be able to understand basic instructions of their employer.)
Several training modules have been put on hold, however, pending approval from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Meanwhile, those who managed to catch last Sunday's lecture gleaned insights from Dr Sodusta on the natural remedies using fruits and vegetables, for all kinds of health problems.
For instance, the doctor recommended a concoction of blended red onions and garlic to cleanse one's colon, heal cancer and treat worms, or tea made from native herbs and weeds to cure diabetes, heart disease and myoma, among other illnesses.
Obedoza said those who are interested in future lectures can sign up with OWWA. – Rappler.com
This story is republished with permission from The Sun-HK, a content partner of Rappler.