new breed of Filipino workers has come to change the way “online” operates.
Students, as well as interested residents from various towns in Bataan, took part in a comprehensive discussion on “online freelancing” in the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Workshop: Online Job Seminar at Lou-‘is Grand Ballroom, Balanga City on November 28.
According to Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines (DCAP) Founder Genesis Reonico, who served as the seminar’s resource speaker, these new OFW’s (or Online Filipino Workers) — individuals who venture in digital career — could spell a solution to the massive migration of Filipinos looking for more profitable earnings abroad.
“We have already solved the problem. This [online job] lets individuals earn without leaving home and family. Online workers could be the heroes of tomorrow,” Reonico said.
ONLINE JOB DEFINED
While the majority of the population sees online occupation as slacking off, or escaping reality, the DCAP founder, in his overview of online jobs industry, emphasized that working in the digital world requires intensive focus and discipline.
“Strategize when starting in an online job para makuha mo ‘yung ‘value service’ na tinatawag,” he said.
According Reonico’s website –OnlineJobsUniversity.com, online jobs career is a viable option to have a good, sustainable and comfortable life by working from home and rendering skills and services to foreign clients, thus, earning dollars without the need to go abroad and leaving loved ones. It could also help reduce the unemployment problem in the country.
Other DCAP members and RIS technical training graduates who also attended the event shared their inspiring stories of success in the online world. In a video presentation, a newbie freelancer told viewers that he is currently earning three (3) dollars per hour or roughly 15,000 pesos monthly.
Like any typical job, freelancers also get bonuses, raises and could even build their own agency as they gain experiences and sets of skills over time. The differences are the faster promotions and the benefit of working at home that only online job could offer.
In addition, Reonico advised attendees on how to clinch clients. He said that blatantly boasting certain skills should be discouraged.
“Ano naman kung expert ka sa isang bagay? Tell your clients how your skill will help them. Talk about the value,” he expounded.
Meanwhile, former factory worker and Bataan native Jennifer Vinuya, now a social media manager, also shared how her hardships paid off, and explained the beauty of online jobs.
“This program is meant to give you more knowledge,” Vinuya said.
She also provided tips on how to make a good impression on clients through making portfolio websites.
City Government of Balanga, through the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and digitalPH, initiated the event to encourage participants to be digitally active in line with the city’s vision.
In behalf of Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia, City Accountant Myrna B. Roman, welcomed everyone as they set digital career opportunities.
In terms of the next RIS technical trainings, DICT FOO Luzon Cluster 2 Director Cheryl C. Ortega confidently expects more interested learners as Bataenos are beginning to have a better appreciation of online freelancing.
“ICT is for everybody. ICT is a digital equalizer,” director Ortega said.
The seminar ended with five (5) random attendees picked by Reonico for a free exclusive online job mentorship. By Kalvin Gerald S. Orgasan