Five more batches of trainees composed of Filipino workers and dependents in Milan attended and completed the Basic Italian Language Course for Beginners and the IT training on Basic Computer Operation.

In a simple but lively closing ceremony on 8 September, Consul General Marichu Mauro congratulates  ninety-five (95) graduates who are Filipinos mostly aged 15 to 24 years, for diligently attending classes in the afternoon and on weekends for two summer months of July and August.  Taking note that the training graduates are newcomers to Italy, she assured them that their newly acquired knowledge and skills will not only help them better integrate into the Italian culture and ways of living but also prepare them to better work prospects.

The Philippine Consulate General supports the various integration programs of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) as these programs prepare Filipinos with work attitude, knowledge and skills necessary as new entrants to the Italian labor market.

Training graduates expressed their interest to enroll into the advance courses of Italian language and IT training.  POLO-OWWA prepare for specialized course offering on computer systems design, networking and troubleshooting and computer-aided graphics design.  A review class will be offered for Filipinos who will take the Italian language exam as requirement for Carta di Soggiorno application.  Interested Filipinos in North Italy may enroll directly to POLO-OWWA or through the Filipino community organizations.

Each training batch were also provided financial literacy seminar, values enhancement training, and post-arrival orientation seminar conducted by the Consular officers including the attached agencies POLO, OWWA, Pag-Ibig and SSS.