The University has forged partnership with ATIKHA, Inc., a non-government organization (NGO) promoting the welfare of overseas Filipinos (OFs) and their families. The NGO also engages in capacity-building for the members of the migrant sector to acquire skills in financial planning to ensure that migration will contribute to the long-term development of the OFs, their families, and their communities. In accordance with the partnership agreement, the Training of Trainers on Gender-Sensitive Family and Income Management for Families of Overseas Filipino Workers was conducted last July 4 to 5, 2017 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) at the Lecture Rooms of the International Affairs Office, CITE Building, Pablo Borbon Main I, Batangas City.
Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo, BatStateU President, in his message, asserted the importance of migration of Filipinos to economy and development as a whole. He even called on researchers to include researches on migration and development in their agenda and gave the commitment of the University to pursue PAPs that would help OFW families. ATIKHA Deputy Executive Director Ms. Aileen Constantino Penas, served as the resource speaker and the workshop facilitator.
This two-day seminar was designed for migration stakeholders and front liners. The modules discussed contain concepts on Savings, Investment and Borrowing. The training also provided a hands-on exercise for the participants about budgeting, goal setting and financial planning. It tackled coping mechanisms and also conveyed tips for transnational families.
The training aimed to sensitize the trainers on the situation of the OFs and their families on various economic and social issues of migration and also to capacitate the trainers guiding the OFs in identifying and addressing their issues and concerns to enable them to achieve their financial and family goals. Promoting equality between men and women migrants and their families across generations as well as understanding how to share responsibility in family decision making on money and migration matters were also part of the seminar’s objectives.