Facebook to provide online security, entrepreneurship training for OFWs

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2018 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jun 07 2018 07:27 PM

Facebook to provide online security, entrepreneurship training for OFWs 1
Facebook Philippines and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration launch a training program for OFWs in Manila. ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Facebook will provide digital literacy and online entrepreneurship training to Filipinos before they leave for work abroad, under a partnership with the government that was launched on Thursday.

An initial 40,000 outbound overseas Filipino workers will participate in the maiden training in July, which will cover online security and privacy, critical thinking and spotting fake news, according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Another 1,500 will undergo entrepreneurship training, officials said.

Overseas Filipinos need to "feel safe online," said Claire Deevy, Facebook Director of Community Affairs for Asia Pacific.

"The training will help workers overseas who are disconnect with their families maximize the use of Facebook," Deevy said. 

Security and privacy training will help OFWs reduce the risk of falling for scams and human traffickers, said OWWA administrator Hans Cacdac. 

"We will continue to positively utilize these type of media for better protection of OFWs and their families," Cacdac said.

Details on the training are available on www.Pilipinas.fb.com and www.owwa.gov.ph.