Driven by its commitment to give Filipinos better work–especially professionals outside Manila, Freelancer.com, the world’s largest freelancing marketplace, together with The Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICT Office), spearheaded the final leg of its Rural Impact Sourcing workshops in Romblon, a third-class municipality in the Philippines, on December 8 this year.
According to the Freelancer.com’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia Evan Tan: “We believe that online jobs will present a vast opportunity for rural Filipino professionals to raise their economic status without leaving their respective communities.
“With the rollout of the nationwide WiFi program, we at Freelancer.com are excited to be one of the avenues where professionals from rural areas can get high-paying jobs–all at a click of a button.”
Romblon (a part of the MIMAROPA region which consists of other island provinces namely Mindoro, Marinduque, and Palawan) has over 280,000 residents as of November 2015 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. 18,218 of its population are academic degree holders, while 80,912 are high school graduates. The province has 94.7% literacy rate.
Aside from the workshop held in Odiongan, Romblon, DOST and Freelancer.com, together with Online Jobs University and other partners, have toured in Bulacan, Bohol, Pulilan, Camarines Sur, Oriental Mindoro, and Tacloban this 2015.
Thousands of attendees have benefited from the Rural Impact Sourcing workshops in 2015, and DOST and Freelancer.com are planning to continue educating more professionals on how they can work online.
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