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For a digitally safe OFW

OFW are among the most engaged and active communities online. Together with OWWA and our partners, we want to help OFW develop digital skills including the ability to think critically about what they see online

Bea Micaller

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Volunteer trainers (seated from left) for the Digital Tayo Program, Christopher John Sandro, Rex Holgado and Jack Corpus, together with Facebook Philippines Public Policy and Programs manager Christopher Kuzhuppilly (seated rightmost) are presented with Certificates of Appreciation.

In the age of technology, it is imperative to educate the public on how to be digitally safe and secure.

With them being far from home and the Internet as their tool to be connected with their loved ones at home, overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are among the most active groups of people online.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office, in collaboration with social media giant Facebook and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), organized an event that aimed to equip Filipinos in Singapore on digital safety, privacy and security.

“OFW are among the most engaged and active communities online. Together with OWWA and our partners, we want to help OFW develop digital skills including the ability to think critically about what they see online, so they can become better informed digital citizens and continue to have a positive and authentic experience online,” Rahimah Abdulrahim, Facebook director of public policy for Southeast Asia, said.

“Digital Tayo” provides OFW with modules that encompass topics such as safeguarding online privacy and identity, engaging in respectful digital discourse and being aware and responsible of digital footprint.

“We are glad to be working with Facebook in empowering OFW with knowledge and tools to help them connect with their families back home and contribute to their communities,” Joseph del Mar Yap, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, said.

“Digital literacy is an invaluable asset to our modern-day Filipino heroes. We look forward to supporting OFW organizations who will be conducting these trainings in the coming months in Singapore,” he added.

Over 140,000 overseas workers have participated in the digital literacy workshops since last year.
Two hundred Filipinos attended the workshop held at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore Chancery.

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