OWWA, Facebook expand digital literacy

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, together with Facebook, announced the expansion of its digital literacy program to reach overseas Filipino workers on-site.

The program, which covers topics on digital discourse, online privacy, safety, and information literacy, aims to reach OFWs in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East.

The launching was led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, and Facebook’s Head of Community Affairs for Asia-Pacific, Beth Ann Lim during the Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration held at Palacio de Maynila.

In his message, Administrator Cacdac underscored how OWWA keeps up with technology to deliver its services and programs to OFWs.

“We are glad to be expanding our digital literacy program with Facebook for OFWs based in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Middle East. Our shared vision is an empowered OFW community that would have the critical skills to vet information they find online, and consistently use privacy and safety tools available to them,” said Administrator Cacdac.

The digital literacy program for OFWs was launched during the Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration in 2018, and was initially intended for departing and returning OFWs.

On its first year of implementation, the program has trained over 140,000 OFWs on digital skills for discerning credible content online, and respectful digital discourse.

Over 600 returning OFWs were also provided online business skills training to help them find alternative sources of income.

Lim, on the other hand, assured Facebook’s continued support for OFWs and their families.  

“We recognize that overseas Filipino workers depend on our platforms to stay connected to their families and everything important to them back home. Facebook will continue supporting OFWs and their families, to ensure they have a positive, safe and authentic experience on our platforms, wherever they are in the world,” said Lim.

Topics: Overseas Workers Welfare Administration , Silvestre Bello III , Hans Leo Cacdac , Beth Ann Lim , Migrant Workers’ Day Celebration
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