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June 28, 2017

Koronadal City – OWWA XII, in its utmost desire to provide OFWs with worthy and valuable information with its reintegration programs and services initiated the conduct of 1st OFWPreneur Congress last June 21, 2017 at KCC Convention Center, General Santos City.


A total of 541 Overseas Filipino Workers comprised of OFW Family Circles,  Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) Applicants, Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) awardees and availees  and various OFW stakeholders in the government convened for the 1st OFWPreneur Congress dubbed as "Magkasangga para sa Kapakanan at Kabuhayan ng mga OFWs.".


Various OFW stakeholders in the government discussed their reintegration program initiatives and services that could be availed by the modern heroes. Among them: Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Technical Education and Skills Authority (TESDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


The event is one of the agency’s ways to promote its reintegration programs that generally aims to impart knowledge to the OFW community with various entrepreneurial techniques and strategies in order for them to be reintegrated to the society.


Atty. Llewelyn D. Perez, Officer-in-Charge of General Administrative Service (GAS) Division, said in her message that OWWA as an agency tasked to promote and protect the welfare and interest of OFWs and their families, continuous to develop innovative reintegration programs and services, all for the betterment of the OFW community. She also assured the full support of the agency to all OFWs who wanted to engage into worthwhile business endeavors. Dir. Benny I. Reyes of Regional Operations Coordination Service (ROCS) Division also graced the event.


Meanwhile, it also served as an avenue for the agency to recognize the outstanding milestones of OFW-Entrepreneurs in the SOCSCKSARGEN region. It also showcased various products of renowned OFW Family Circles (OFCs) in the region.


Thirty (30) distressed Overseas Filipino Workers also received Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Livelihood Cash Assistance amounting to P 20,000.00 each.


As one of the 2B OFW Reintegration Program recipients, Gina B. Nesperos of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat takes pride to be recognized by the agency. She said that this recognition motivated her to become an even better OFWpreneur and be an inspiration to many more modern heroes.


Other OFWPrenuer awardees are the following: Jennie Porras-Ropales of Mlang, North Cotabato for Land Based Category; Capt. Ronal W. Sarmiento of Genenral Santos City for Sea Based Category; Emilia L. Canto of Pres. Quirino, Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Recipient; and Old Polacion Maitum OFW Family Association for Group Category.


Other government agencies and social partners were also present in the event to provide immediate questions and actions to OFWs inquiries and concerns, to wit:  Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), Social Security System (SSS), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Manulife Insurance Company and Department of Agriculture.


Officer-in-Charge Marlyn E. Jamero is very optimistic that the concluded event will be very beneficial to all Overseas Filipino Workers who are planning to engage in business. Further, she reminded them to remain courageous and patient despite the challenge they will meet along the way. 

Atty. Perez during her inspirational talk.
OFW Family Circles who joined in the Trade Fair Exhibit
Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Awardees
OFW Gina B. Nesperos giving her inspirational message to all attendees.
Competent personnel from various government agencies who managed the OFW Help Desk
OFC President Rosa D. Laguindam of Old Poblacion Maitum OFW Family Association during her inspirational message.
Jennie P. Ropales, OFW for more than two decades to four countries, getting emotional as she shares her inspiring story.
BPBH awardee Emilia L. Canto receives her Plaque of Recognition from [L-R] Oic Jamero, Atty. Llewelyn Perez and Dir. Benny I. Reyes after her message.
Capt. Ronald W. Sarmiento though physically not present in the event gave a message through recorded video.
[Speakers L to R] : Leonard V. Flores, Chief TIDS – DTI XII; Jeanette E. Escaño, Regional Coordinator – NRCO XII; Lixton M. Melendez, Account Officer – Land Bank of the Philippines
[Speakers L to R] : Helen Sambile, Chief Regiistration Division – CDA XII; Christelyn R. Caceres, OIC Chief, Programs and Services Division – OWWA XII; Engr. Richard Amparo, Provicial Director – TESDA XII

[Speakers L to R] : Edgar A. Soguilon, Supervising TIDS – DTI XII and Romel Patrick E. Tanghal, Supervising Economic Development Specialist – NEDA XII.