Our Story

Pa’no ba yang online work? Gusto ko matuto n’yan kasi wala na ‘kong mababalikang trabaho sa abroad.

Hanapan mo naman ako ng online work na yan para sa bahay na lang din ako, para maalagaan ko mga anak ko.

Ma’am, pwede ba ko d’yan sa work from home na yan? Gusto ko po kasi magkatrabaho para may pera ako pang-aral ko ng college.

Nag-training naman ako kay ganito ng online work, may bayad pa nga yun eh. Pero pagkatapos ng training ang hirap naman pala makakuha ng work. Kaya eto, wala pa rin trabaho hanggang ngayon.

These are some of the questions about online work, and requests to provide online jobs that many founding members of FOPSCo would often hear.

The Filipino Online Professionals Service Cooperative (FOPSCo) was formed by a core group of trainers and resource persons of the DigitalJobsPH program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Before joining the DICT program, most of the trainers were already involved in providing online training programs. They share a common mission of training Filipinos in digital technologies to help them get online jobs or build online businesses. 

When the trainers were already part of the DICT, Ms. Janette Toral, the DICT’s Technical Advisor pitched the cooperative concept for the Filipino online community.

Initially, Rochefel Rivera (who has a background in organizing a cooperative), Sherlane Fortunado and Ms. Janette Toral discussed how the DICT can support a nationwide cooperative should it be organized successfully. Upon Ms. Janette’s advice that the DICT will be supporting the cooperative, all agreed that it’s about time to finally organize a cooperative for FIlipino online freelancers. 

Roche and Sherlane persuaded fellow trainers and friends from the online community to join them in forming a pioneering cooperative that will empower Filipinos, especially those in the countryside, to take advantage of digital technologies to gain employment or build businesses. 

And with just a few calls to close friends, FOPSCo was born, with the vision of uniting the whole online community to share in the task of nation-building through job creation. 

The road ahead is still a long way to go but the FOPSCo family believes that they will be able to overcome any setback as long as they work together for a common goal because they believe in growing together. 

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CORE VALUES

Growth

We constantly aim to grow both as individuals and as a community. Lifelong learning will push us forward to improve ourselves.

Professionalism

We’re committed to do what’s best for our clients and our cooperative. We focus on solutions that will make a positive impact on our clients’ business and on our cooperative.

Integrity

We will always act with integrity by being honest and ethical in our dealings with everyone that we do business with. 

Cooperation

We recognize that we will achieve the cooperative’s goals through unity and teamwork. We commit to the common goal of the cooperative by working together and contributing our own unique talents.

 

Our Awesome Team

Rochefel Rivera

Rochefel Rivera

FOPSCo Chairperson,

Member of the Board

Mark S. Esmana

Mark S. Esmana

FOPSCo Member of the Board, 

Head of Membership

Jeremiah Balan

Jeremiah Balan

FOPSCo Vice-Chairperson,

Head of Marketing

Raya Faye Marquez

Raya Faye Marquez

FOPSCo Member of the Board

Marl Ian Dionaldo

Marl Ian Dionaldo

FOPSCo Member of the Board,

Head of Sales

Racquel E. Asa

Racquel E. Asa

FOPSCo Member of the Board

Dennis Paguio

Dennis Paguio

FOPSCo Member of the Board

Sherlane Fortunado

Sherlane Fortunado

FOPSCo General Manager

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