Gov’t launches another ‘agri-negosyo’ program for OFWs

The government has launched another ‘agri-negosyo’ program for returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), but it’s no longer just the Department of Agriculture (DA) that is involved.

Five national government agencies, including DA, recently signed a joint memorandum circular (JMC) to implement integrated programs and services in agribusiness, specifically for repatriated OFWs.

The JMC covers the programs, projects, services, and initiatives of DA, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and National Economic Development Authority.

“It is such a testament o the strong resolve of the Duterte administration to helping our repatriated OFWs and their families begin to make a brand new start by putting together responsive and sustainable social protection packages for them,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said, noting that food and agribusiness have always been a good investment.

Through the JMC, the Agri-Negosyo (ANYO) Para sa OFWs Program will offer strengthened and more efficient delivery of agribusiness-related programs and services from the concerned agencies to address the urgent need to provide a livelihood for repatriated OFWs.

“This whole of government approach will be key to helping them succeed at the end of the day and there is much opportunity for us to challenge ourselves and encourage the OFWs to get engaged in micro, small, and medium enterprises with our nurturing and support,” Dar said.

Dar heads the IATF Task Group on Food Security, which was created as part of the whole of the government strategy to ensure food sufficiency despite the challenges of the pandemic.

The Task Group is composed of 20 government agencies collaborating together to make action plans focused on food resiliency, energy, food value chain and logistics, water, food procurement and distribution, and agribusiness.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who chairs the IATF Food Security Sub-Task Group on Agribusiness, stressed the importance of the government’s complementation strategy to address the needs and offer more opportunities for the returning OFWs recognized as the country’s heroes.

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