Realizations from My First Online Jobs Talk & Training Workshop In Mindanao

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Realizations from My First Online Jobs Talk & Training Workshop In Mindanao

Every couple of months, I get invited to speak and share about Online Freelancing, but the my talk last week is not an ordinary one. What made it different is the fact that it is the first time that i am giving a talk about online freelancing in Mindanao. It’s a fulfilment of one of my visions 2 years ago that I will be able to go to different parts of the country from NCR, then Luzon, to Visayas and Mindanao. But what even makes this speaking engagement that I had in mindanao so different is the fact that many are afraid of going due to armed conflict happening there. Who would want to go to a place where you know your very life and safety might be in danger. But of course, I was proven wrong. Allow me to share with you the 4 things I learned and realized during my Trip there. 

NOT ALL THAT IS REPORTED IN THE NEWS ARE ACCURATE AND TRUE

A couple of days before my departure, I am a bit jittery already because of the news that i've read. I've checked different websites and found some very alarming and quite scary happenings there. I am ready to let this speakign engagement pass but I got a call from the executive deputy director of the DOST-ICT office, Mr. Mon Ibrahim and said that there is nothing to worry about since the place that we are going to is actually his home town and he knows the people there. That call gave me confidence and increased my hope that nothing wrong will happen. To cut the story short, I was able to go and had a good time there. I didn't even feel that I am in mindanao. It's just like any other province in luzon and visayas that i've been into. Lots of trees and farm lands. Very refreshing. I didn't see any military presence or check points. What the news reported are only on certain spots. Mindanao is really big. Its like saying that there are rebels in ilocos norte, which means the whole Luzon is full of rebels. Of course, you still need to exercise precaution justl ike going to any place that you are not familiar with, but the fear that mindanao is a dangerous place is very much unwaranted.  

THERE ARE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO EXPLORE AND VISIT.

The place that we've visited to give a workshop about online jobs and freelance work is in the town of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. It's an hour ride from the airport going to the town proper of kapatagan but the travel and going there is nothing but spectacular. There are so many beautify scenaries. You can see vast farm lands, majestic mountains and so much more. The clock seems to have slown down there and I am loving every second of it. :) I heard they have lots of waterfalls in the area. That is an adventure on its own already. 

THE PEOPLE ARE WARM, FRIENDLY AND VERY ACCOMMODATING

Another thing that I noticed about the place are their people. They are so welcoming and friendly. I can say that I experienced there the genuine trait that Filipinos are known for, our warm hospitality. Our host, Paul Lagura, councilor of Kapatagan town in Lanao del Norte, in behalf of the town's Mayor, Benjie Y. Baguio, showed us the best places and sumptous foods that the town can offer. 

THEY ARE TECHNOLOGY-SAVVY AND THERE ARE ALREADY LOTS OF ONLINE FREELANCERS THERE.

One of the biggest surprise to me is to see that there are already online freelancers in their town, and one of them is someone that I gave some freelance work in the past. This is a real confirmation that the "Rual Impact Sourcing Workshop" that I am part of is really a solution and a game changer to the lives of those who live in rural areas where there are less opportunities for conventional work, but extremely abundant with highly skilled and educated citizens. Through the continuous growth and availability of the internet all over the country, I am sure that many areas, especially in other rural places will slowly but surely benefit from the opportunities and growth that having an online jobs career and lifestyle can offer. 

To sum it all up, Mindanao is not mamasapano, maguindanao, and any other places you hear news of rebel attacks and bombings. Mindanao is a big place that we pinoys should try to explore. I am sure with the increasing number of online workers in that region, many towns and cities in mindanao will soon be in the Philippines ICT map, and I am glad to be part of that change. There will be more places that we will be visiting around the country and I hope to visit your cities and town very soon. 

How about you? Do you think making online freelancing jobs available in your town or city will be a big help? Kindly leave your comments below. Don't forget to share this post in Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Until next time, God bless to all of you! :) 

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