Driven by its commitment to give Filipinos better work–especially professionals outside Manila,, 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’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.

Evan Tan, the Regional Director for Southeast Asia of talked about the benefits of freelancing in Romblon.

“With the rollout of the nationwide WiFi program, we at 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.

The recently concluded Rural Impact Sourcing workshop is part of the digitalPH initiative of the ICT Office, which aims to generate at least 1.6 million direct IT-BPM jobs for Filipinos by 2016, with at least 40 percent of this coming from the countryside.

Aside from the workshop held in Odiongan, Romblon, DOST and, 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 are planning to continue educating more professionals on how they can work online.


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