About 138 former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) employed by Mohammad Al Mojil Group (MMG) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) attended a special Program Orientation on Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) at the OWWA Multi-Purpose Hall on 09 March 2017. The special program orientation was conducted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office – National Capital Region (OWWA RWO-NCR).
The OFW Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) is an enterprise development interventions and loan facility of OWWA in partnership with LBP and DBP. 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 first phase of the program is the Program Orientation and Business Appreciation, the second phase is the Visit/Immersion at existing business enterprises and the third phase is the Business Plan Writing Seminar. The applicants must undergo the three (3) phases to fully understand the program and to prepare and teach them on how to start or expand their business.
From top L to R: Head of Reintegration Unit Zandro Alemendrala delivering the background of the EDLP and PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa together with Mr. Joshua Agner, Ms. Shirley Alisangco and Mr. Ronaldo Robles, representatives from LBP, answering questions from participants. From bottom L to R: PSD Chief Ma. Teresa Capa giving her closing remarks and Engineer Joey Borja expressing the sentiments of former MMG workers.
Ma. Teresa Capa, Chief Program Services Division, oriented on the salient points of the program while Mr. Zandro Almendrala, Head of Reintegration Unit, discussed the EDLP. Also present were Mr. Joshua Agner, Ms. Shirley Alisangco and Mr. Ronaldo Robles, Account Officers from Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), to answer the questions on the loan facilities.
Mr. Almendrala reminded the attendees that “Ang pagtatayo ng negosyo ay dapat pinaghahandaan at inaaral ng maigi. Ang negosyong inyong iniisip ay dapat viable business project.” He also reminded them about being committed to their business, “Lahat din ng business ay dumadaan sa ups and downs. Wala namang negosyong di nalulugi. Failures are avenues for new learnings.” After the orientation, certificates were handed out to the attendees for attending the Program Orientation for EDLP.
On the other hand, Engineer Joey Borja, who arranged and coordinated with OWWA-NCR the conduct of the special orientation, expressed the sentiments of MMG workers that OWWA considers creating a new package of livelihood program that would address their financial difficulties after repatriation from KSA.
Ms. Capa ended the meeting by saying “Sana sa pamamagitan nitong orientation ay naging bukas ang inyong pagiisip sa pagnenegosyo. Andito kami para ihanda kayo sa pagtatayo ng negosyo. Hindi ito madali at ito ay may kaakibat na pagbabago sa inyong buhay. Sana I consider ninyo ang long term effect nito kung kayo ay magtatayo ng business.”