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OWWA RWO-NCR Building Stronger Partnerships with LBP and DTI

March 5, 2017
OWWA RWO-NCR Building Stronger Partnerships with LBP and DTI

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR) officers met with the representatives of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on 14 February 2017 to strengthen its partnerships in improving the delivery of the OFW Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) to the OFWs and their families.

 

The EDLP is an enterprise development interventions and loan facility of OWWA in partnership with LBP. The goal of the program is to help the OFWs and their families create a viable business enterprise that will provide them with a steady income stream and to create employment opportunities in their community. The program has 3 phases namely: the Program Orientation and Business Appreciation phase, Project-Specific/Visit to Demo Farms/Immersion phase and the Business Plan Writing Seminar phase wherein the applicants must attend all these phases to be able to fully understand the program.

 

RWO-NCR Director Emma V. Sinclair presided the meeting in discussing the role of each participating office/bank for better delivery of the EDLP. Some of the topics discussed during the meeting were the different types of business project proposals for the program, the documentary requirements needed by the applicant to avail of the loan and the possibility of allowing the loan borrower to apply for a loan again once the previous loan has been fully paid.

From L to R: Mr. Zandro Almendrala presenting the EDLP; Mr. Jose Aryiel Castor, Department Manager/Overseas Representative Officer of the Land Bank of the Philippines, clarifying some issues on the loan policy.
 

The frequently asked questions received from the EDLP applicants were thoroughly discussed so that RWO-NCR, LBP and DTI would have specific answers to queries. Also, several issues about the program were discussed to further improve the implementation of the program. The RWO-NCR Director requested LBP and DTI representatives to provide a list of new business opportunities for guidance of the applicants.

 

To end the meeting, the representatives of OWWA RWO-NCR, DTI and LBP all agreed to conduct a monthly consultation meeting in order to ensure that the program is delivered effectively.

 
From first row L to R: Annaliza Estrada, from the Reintegration Unit, Dahlia Nuñez and Mary Joy Mojica from DTI, Joshua Agner, Jose Aryiel Castor and Francis Fellone from LBP, OWWA RWO-NCR Director Emma Sinclair, PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa, Cristina Gutierrez from LBP, Zandro Almendrala, Head of Reintegration Unit, Ronaldo Robles from LBP and from the 2nd row L to R:  Aaron Joseph Abad, Erik Ripalda, Rolando Pocholo Talento, Veah Fleurdeliz Escote and Krysha Maree Ablis from the Reintegration Unit.