Social Enterprise: Promoting Effective OFW Reintegration

The Center for Research and Communication held a round table discussion on the theme, Social Enterprise: Promoting Effective OFW Reintegration at the University of Asia and the Pacific on August 6, 2014.

The objective of the RTD is to bring together key stakeholders in the government and private sectors to discuss opportunities for the productivity and livelihood of OFW returnees.

Dr. Veronica Ramirez, CRCDr. Veronica Ramirez, CRC’s Director for Operations and holder of the BPI Professorial Chair for Migration and Overseas Filipino Work, welcomed the guests to UA&P and gave an introduction of the activity, after which, the speakers, presented on various topics. Dir. Albert Valenciano, Head of the Policy & Program Development Office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), spoke about “Investment Prospects for Professional Migrant Returnees.” Mr. Melvin Caseda, Chief of the Program Coordination and Monitoring Division of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), tackled “Livelihood Programs for Distressed and Displaced Migrant Returnees.” Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido of the Department of Labor and Employment gave a message on the theme.

Usec. Reydeluz Conferido, DOLE.Speakers from different institutions discussed the employment and livelihood prospects for migrant returnees in their respective fields: Mr. Bansan Choa, Adviser of Subdivision & Housing Developers Association, Inc. (SHDA) and Chairman of iRemit, on infrastructure and housing, Mr. Lamberto Ramirez, Vice President for Operations of Bagong Alyansa ng mga Mamamayang pang Transportasyon para sa Edukasyon at Reporma (BAMPER), on transportation, Mr. Alejandro Lukban, President of Co-opWorks, on cooperatives, Dr. Peter Lee U, Dean of UA&P School of Economics, on small-scale business opportunities in energy, and Mr. Jericho Cabacunga, Corplan Manager of Planters Products, Inc., on agriculture.

Participants of the RTD. Photo by CRC.

Participants of the RTD. Photo by CRC.

Participants of the RTD. Photo by CRC.

Participants of the RTD. Photo by CRC.

Mr. Sandy Gilles, lecturer for market education of First Metro Securities, gave a presentation on stocks. Mr. Ed Aller, head of the Agribusiness Division of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) tackled the agribusiness programs of SMC. Mr. Alfredo Palmiery, Chairman of the Federated Associations of Manpower Exporters, Inc. (FAME), the Philippines’s leading and largest umbrella organization of overseas manpower agency associations, gave his reaction and insights on the presentations. Dr. Bernardo Villegas, CRC’s Director for Research, gave the closing remarks.

Dir. Josephine Tobia of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Ms. Fidelina and Ms. Tessa Calalang of BPI Foundation, Mr. Lito Soriano of LBS Recruitment Solutions Corporation, Mr. Leo Parma and Mrs. Luisa Parma of Kagawani Foundation, Mr. Danny Moran of Amici Food Ventures, Inc., Ms. Cielo Garrido and Dr. Gary Leonardo of San Dionisio Credit Cooperative, Mr. Girard Matutina of Amalgamated Investment International, Mr. Paul Titular, Mr. Jun Domingo and Jun Bullian of BAMPER, Ms. Maria Ana Visitacion Domingo and Lito Acupan of Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), Dr. Cesar Villamayor of Quezon MMG Hospitals & Health Services Cooperative, Raymundo Magpantay of Planters Products, Atty. Katrina Tamayo and Patrick Itao of the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar, Ms. Helen de Guzman of Women’s Healthcare Foundation and Mr. Jame Lactao of UA&P Center for Student Affairs were among the participants of the discussion.