Freelancing is the wave of the future. It has opened up opportunities to many Filipinos to earn OFW income in the Philippines. It's even regarded as OFW 2.0 or Online Filipino Workers 2.0. A fitting moniker for the new age Filipinos.
And the government acknowledges the trend. I mean we are one of the go-to countries in terms of remote worker recruitment, so why not make it available for most of the Filipino population?
That's why the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) launched programs to this initiative.
Formerly the Rural Impact Sourcing (RIS) Program, the DICT spearheaded the DigitaljobsPH Program to bridge the gap between unemployment by creating meaningful ICT-enabled jobs in the socio-economically disadvantaged areas.
They have been offering free trainings to encourage the untapped talents to become online professionals. A total of 1,832 were trained in the first year of implementation. And DICT targets more than 2000 to be trained this coming year.
Paystaff at PISCON 2019
And to kick off this year, the DICT launched the 3rd Philippine Impact Sourcing Conference (PISCON) last July 16 and 17 with over 600 participants all over the Philippines. This is to address and entice the Filipinos to start their remote working even if they are not in the metropolis.
And! The Paystaff team is privileged to be part of the panel speakers for one of its segments. Chief Marketing Officer Jennicel Foronda tackled the importance of easy and effective payment solutions for freelancers.
Paystaff is the brainchild of our CEO, Rica Jankulovski out of qualms of Filipino Freelancers. After handling hundreds of Filipino Remote Workers for around 10 years, Rica wants to address these major problems: delayed payments, low Forex rates, and hefty bank charges.
With Paystaff, you can experience secure and reliable payment solutions to the Philippines with High Forex rates. Plus! No more hefty fees. Isn't that how it's supposed to be?
Moreover, top thought leaders and experts in the field of freelancing gathered to share their valuable insights to further our craft. Here are the Key Takeaways from PISCON 2019.
Available Jobs Will Drastically Change in the Coming Years
Technology is fast evolving. And with it come new problems and opportunities. The problem, Artificial intelligence is taking over human jobs. Companies can now fully automate operations with fewer costs and much efficient than humans.
What will happen to our workforce then? It's either you wallow in fear or be flexible and adjust to the changing times. The opportunity is, a lot of jobs are created because of this innovation.
I mean, Social Media Manager and SEO expert is not even a thing 10 years ago. Now, almost all businesses need to be optimized for both. And Cling Meng Adora, the Linked Senior Regional Manager can attest to that in his Future Skills Report.
Everyone Can Do It
You might think that only those who graduate college or with a more privileged background can start freelancing.
PISCON proved that wrong. Yes, privilege can be an advantage. But it's just that, a head start. If you want to build your remote working career, you just need to equip yourself with a marketable skill needed, and you can start as one.
PISCON has provided multiple scholarships to people and one heart-wrenching video stood out from the rest. It's the story of Sittie Nor Jehan Macapundag from Marawi and Racquel Sarah Castro from Binan.
Sittie Nor Jehan Macapundag from Marawi
Sittie was previously an online teacher in the war-stricken Marawi. When the fighting started, Sittie didn't know what to do for her livelihood. War brought so many casualties.
When DICT launched the program in Marawi, Sittie became one of the scholars with the many hopefuls. Right now, she earns enough money to have a better lifestyle and spend time with her family.
It's a testament that even at far-flung places, you can still be a successful remote worker.
Racquel Sarah Castro from Binan
Racquel is a PWD who never gave up and pursued her dreams. She had a hard time with discrimination in work. For the past 10 years, she didn't have a stable job. Because when people finally see her, they just lose interest.
As she emotionally said, "they saw my disability, not my ability."
But with the help of freelancing alongside the DICT scholarship, she is now a full-fledged 6-digit earner content writer. Imagine that? Now, she inspires and helps a lot of PWDs reach their goals thru freelancing as well.
You might be in the same shoes as they are or even worse. But the point is, if they can do it, you can do it too.
Remote working is here to stay. It has provided jobs not only to privileged individuals but also for everyone. It's like a great equalizer. The government is even recognizing its potential. The question is, will you take advantage of it too?
If you want to learn more about remote work and freelancing, you can check out the Working Remote Conference happening this coming Sept 13 and 14. We have invited top of the line speakers from here and abroad to share their expertise.
Whether you are an aspiring freelancer or an experienced one, the upskilling you can get from the event is surely worth it. The tickets are running out fast. Check out the Working Remote website for more info.