Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes welcoming the OFW participants during the Forum
Free financial awareness seminar was given to more than 120 OFWs at the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 30, 2018, the eve of the 2018 Month of Overseas Filipinos (MOF) Celebration. Home to more than 600,000 Filipinos, UAE is a major destination of OFWs with the majority of the Filipino population working in the largest and most populous city of the country – Dubai.
The event “International Forum on Migration: Kaalaman sa Pera, Maginhawang Buhay ang Dala” was one of the several activities organized by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on the Celebration of MOF in partnership with the Philippine Consulate and Philippine Overseas Labor Office for the 2018 MOF Celebration.
It was graced by Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes and Labor Attache Felicitas Bay. Resource speakers from the government, private sector and the civil society who came from the Philippines and UAE shared and discussed various programs and services on financial literacy, migration and reintegration, tips on budgeting and saving, and business and investment opportunities. They include Ms. Carmelita Nuqui of the Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, Mr. Roel Martin of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Mr. Frencel Tingga of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, Welfare Officer Danilo Flores of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Trade Attache Charmaine Mignon Yalong of the Department of Trade and Industry, Social Welfare Attaché Judith Bacwaden of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Ms. Lowella Recto of Pag-IBIG Fund, Mr. Mark Roue Oliva of the Social Security System, Mr. Allan Miranda of The Global Filipino Investors, and Ms. Jessie Quintilla of EntrePinoy Social Enterprise.
Some of the programs and services highlighted during the Forum are “Small Business Management Training and Financial Awareness Seminar”, “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS)”, PESO Sense: Philippine Financial Freedom Campaign”, “BaLinkBayan: Overseas Filipinos’ One Stop Online Portal”, “Overseas Filipinos Remittances for Development (OF-RED)”, “Special Training for Employment Program”, “Kapatid Mentor Me Program”, “Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso (P3)”, “Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program”, “OWWA OFW E-Card”, “Modified Pag-IBIG 2 Savings Program”, and “SSS Flexi-fund Program”. These may be availed or accessed by OFWs and/or their families.
Philippine representatives also got to “meet and greet” with the more than 300 distressed Filipinas (mostly run-away) housed at the Migrant Workers and Other Filipinos Resource Center of POLO.
Dubai is a global “open” city and business hub of the Middle East. Thousands of Filipinos are attracted to live and work in Dubai because of the competitive remunerative package offered by employers and the ease of getting visit visa and converting it afterwards to work visa.
The IAC-MOF recently concluded activities in Kuala Lumpur, Pangasinan, Dumaguete, and Cagayan de Oro. The next National Forum on Migration will be held in Manila on December 18, the International Migrants Day.
Labat Felicitas Bay hosting the Forum
Ms. Carmelita Nuqui of PMRW giving a message to participants
Mr. Roel Martin discussing NRCO’s reintegration programs and services
Mr. Frencel Tingga discussing CFO’s PESO Sense Financial Literacy Program, BaLinkBayan, and OF-RED
Trade Attache Charmaine Mignon Yalong discussing investment opportunities for OFWs in the Philippines
Mr. Allan Miranda sharing his success story as an OFW businessman and the TGFI programs and services
Ms. Jessie Quintilla sharing her success story as a social entrepreneur of EntrePinoy
Danilo Flores discussing how OFWs can avail the OWWA OFW E-Card
Social Welfare Attaché Judith Bacwaden discussing DSWD’s psychosocial services for OFWs
Ms. Lowella Recto discussing Modified Pag-IBIG 2 Savings Program
Mr. Mark Roue Oliva discussing the Social Security System Flexi Fund Program
Meet and Greet with the wards of POLO-MWOFRC