Work-Skills Connect

A Community-based Quarantinnovation


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In partnership with The Design Thinking Factory, Voice of the Free launches Work Skills Connect—a community-based project which aims to help returning overseas Filipino workers and displaced workers find decent work in their home province of Negros Occidental.

Dubbed as a quarantinnovation by its originator, former Bacolod councilor and incumbent VF board member Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, Work Skills Connect is designed to help communities recover from the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the extended lockdown period in the country by bridging the gap between displaced workers and businesses looking for skilled workers. Atty. Batapa-Sigue shared that she was inspired by the Bacolod-Barter Community on Facebook wherein users are able to freely exchange goods and services —an online community also born during the quarantine period.

The project's official Facebook page was revealed last July 9, 2020 via Zoom. Representatives from VF, TDTF, and partner government agencies attended the online launch to introduce their respective roles and express their potential contributions for the project.

Partner agencies included Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), and the Overseas Filipino Worker Federation of Negros Occidental.

Overall, developers and agencies offer access to information, skills training, and employment opportunities to workers who will become part of the Work-Skills Connect Community.
The project piloted in Negros Occidental and will be launched in other provinces once it's fully developed.
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