Mr. Carlo A. Ramos, an OFW from Opol, Misamis Oriental, is the first recipient of the Innovations for Filipinos Working Distantly from the Philippines (iFWD PH) assistance from DOST 10. The ceremonial online turnover of the project fund was held on January 21, 2022, together with nine Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) beneficiaries in the region.

Mr. Ramos’s company, the Ramos Fabrication and Steel Works Services, specializes in window casement, trusses and roofing, window grills and standee, railings, and gates.

The assistance from DOST iFWD Ph helps the business cater to new and existing product demands through the acquisition of new equipment such as cut-off machine with bar cutter and angle grinder, buffing machine with inverter welding machine and drill, inverter mig welding machine with steel bar bender rebar, cigweld cutting outfit with lazer, miter saw with gravity type spray gun, air compressor, straight grinder, and circular saw with bench grinder.

DOST iFWD Ph helps the firm in serving their customers with fabricated metal products more efficiently and quickly thereby providing additional income and generating employment in the locality.

Overall, the DOST iFWD Ph is a DOST program that includes capacity building and financial assistance for OFWs and its beneficiaries who have been repatriated or have come back to the Philippines and intended to stay in the country. The program aims to provide support and opportunities for OFWs and their immediate families to establish technology-based enterprises in the country allowing them to choose to stay in the country. (Rafael Paulo Zosa, DOST-Misamis Oriental)