Working Remote 2019 Takeaways PART 1: What the Government Does to Empower Freelancing (Department of Information and Communication Technology)

I would like to share with you some of the most important takeaways I have enjoyed learning from the Working Remote 2019 last September 2019 at SMX Convention, SM Aura, Taguig City.

This is the first part of the several other year-ender entries I would want to share especially for those who might want to explore the world of freelancing in the Philippines.

It was an extraordinary experience for me and my little boy as we traveled all the way from Baguio City to have a dip in this two-day learning spree. As I mentioned in my previous post, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me because I do not really go big on joining particular events such as this one.

The first I ever joined an event for freelancers was last October 2018 in Pasay, which was paid for by my boss. He said, it was time I actually learn about freelancing for myself and not merely for my employers. I enjoyed the October 2018 OFFCON and when I found the Working Remote Convention announcement in Facebook, I wanted so much to go but it does not fit my current budget.

I was just blessed to have Miss Eunice of Working Remote to give me such chance.

Please excuse my son, he was trying to get away from me to run around in the hall 🙂

The event was practically one of the best learning adventures I ever took. I am not a college graduate and many times, I am measured because of my educational background. The Working Remote 2019 proves to be one of the most concise, yet most effective learning conventions I have attended, giving Filipino Freelancers a good look on their current condition and the future that they want to paint for themselves.

There were several important points that were shared during the convention.

I guess it would be better if I would create separate blog posts discussing every point in order to give you an idea on what Filipino Freelancing is and if it is the way of life you might have always wanted to live.

Here are some of the main points presented during the convention:

  1. Finding our Place in the Philippine Freelancing Economy
  2. Understanding the Basics of Philippine Freelancing
  3. How freelancing is definitely changing the Philippine Economy
  4. How individuals wanting to freelance could take the first step forward
Work at your own convenient time and have control over what you earn through freelancing

Right now, I want to share how DICT or the Department of Information and Communication Technology here in the Philippines makes a distinct impact on how freelancing is becoming one of the fastest-growing industries and job providers in the country.

Miss Emmy Lou Versoza-Delfin, program manager of DICT, has provided us with a distinct series of facts that determine the efforts that the government has been putting into work in order to give the Filipino community a better option than leaving the country in order to earn better and give their families a chance to enjoy better lives.

In 2017, a training project has been launched by DICT to provide trainees a direct connection with SMEs or Small and Medium Enterprises that are still aiming to make a name in the field of online marketing. Being an SME in the Philippines is not an easy task to take- especially when it comes to opening their doors to becoming familiar online through social media and other tools that could change the way they survive in the industry.

The training offered by DICT targets individuals who hope to gain a better knowledge of the internet, how it works and how it could be used to improve their lives and the way they manage their source of living.

Before this listening to this speech, I had no idea about the efforts of DICT. I am well aware of the programs of TESDA but not that of DICT. And to be honest, I felt proud to know that there are educational programs provided by the government, aside from ALS by DepEd, to provide individuals who want more out of life but do not have so much of the fortune needed to pay for a good education in this country.

With the aim of creating a community of digitally knowledgeable individuals, this program by DICT also aims to decentralize the area of capitalism where the digital industry thrives. With this in mind, the hope of lowering the population of individuals going to manila and its neighboring cities and provinces.

Creating Next Wave Cities and additional Digital Cities in the Philippines, this project by DICT is reaching out far and wide across the country, including Marawi. The results of the project were both interesting and compelling. The speech included clips of individuals who were successfully assisted through the program. Coming from different provinces and different walks of life, these individuals challenged everyone in the audience to take the chance in freelancing.

DICT’s programs also included specifically designed modules for Women as well as PWD’s. It basically breaks the barrier between the people and their fears of not being able to join the freelance force because of different circumstances they have to weather in their lives.

One of the most impressive experiences is that of Raquel’s who has Cerebral Palsy. She now works online and is able to sufficiently provide for her health and her family. Instead of sitting and wallowing about her situation, she fought forward and her courage was matched by the training and assistance that DICT offered.

Powered by one of the country’s fastest internet providers, Converge ICT also provided an empowering discussion on how the freelance industry is being powered through the general assistance of both the public and private entities in the country

Overall, the speech of Miss Emmy Lou Versoza-Delfin from DICT and Converge ICT’s confirmation on the goal of the government to empower the freelancing industry assures that there is something more to Philippine Freelancing in the coming years compared to its current state now.

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