Dir. Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A conveys his message in the M&D Forum

The Regional Development Council, through the Committee on Migration and Development (CMD), conducted the 2019 Calabarzon Migration and Development (M&D) Forum on October 22, 2019 at the Santa Rosa City Sports Complex, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. The M&D Forum is an annual regional activity to promote and strengthen the mainstreaming of M&D in planning, programming and projects’ implementation of the regional line agencies and local government units.

With this year’s theme of Migranteng Pilipino: Kaagapay sa Pag-Unlad ng Bayan, participating OFWs and their families were encouraged to invest in different economic opportunities to achieve financial stability and enhance their socioeconomic welfare. The one-day activity showcased the services and programs of government agencies and local government units that provide economic opportunities for overseas Filipinos and their families. Twenty-three booths and exhibits of regional line agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, provincial CMDs, cooperatives, financial institutions, business enterprises and non-government organization were made available to participating OFWs and their families.

Mr. Paulo G. Velasco (Santa Rosa City Cooperative Development Office), Mr. Bon Ian D. Dela Roca (Soro-Soro Ibaba Development Cooperative), Mr. Jerry Pangilinan (Skin Magical Cosmetics), and Ms. Rogelyn Pangilinan (Skin Magical Cosmetics) serve as resource person in the talk show
City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas visits the activity and interacts with exhibitors
Participants explore the booths and exhibits

Topics presented during the plenary included: Economic Integration for OFWs; The Role of Cooperatives in M&D and Franchising 101; and How to Invest in a Franchise. These were discussed by Dir. Ma. Luisa S. Reyes of OWWA Region IV-A, Ms Kathlene Dianne T. Amoyan of CDA Region IV-A and Mr. Jorge Noel Y. Wieneke, III of the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI), respectively. Testimonials on successful businesses and cooperative development involving OFWs were showcased during the talk show. TESDA Laguna Office also pampered the OFWs and their families by providing free haircut, manicure/pedicure and wellness massage.

Participants avail the free wellness massage provided by TESDA Laguna

In his message, Dir. Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A encouraged participants to take advantage of the opportunity to gain valuable information, access government services and build networks that will contribute in enhancing their socioeconomic welfare. In the conclusion of the program, Dir. Estrella Mai Añonuevo of Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. reiterated the importance of commitment, hard work and creativity to ensure successful investment.

Participating OFWs and their families during presentations

The Forum was attended by 234 OFWs and their families from the five provinces of Calabarzon.. Staffs from regional line agencies and state universities and colleges also attended the activity. The Forum was conducted in partnership with the City Government of Santa Rosa, Laguna.

Jennylyn P. Jucutan, NEDA Region IV-A | October 29, 2019