25 August 2019, Seoul - One hundred seven (107) Filipinos in Korea attended the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Seminar organized by the Philippine Embassy, through the joint efforts of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) and the Embassy’s Consular Section on Sunday, 25 August 2019 in Seoul.
Ambassador Noe A. Wong commended the participants on their continued interest in preparing themselves for their future, and noted the impressive number of attendees to the seminar. “As almost all of you are EPS workers, I would like to say that you are very fortunate because your employment conditions here in Korea allow you to save money and receive adequate social insurance benefits, which gives you the advantage of making substantial investment or securing capital for starting your own business in the future.” He affirmed the Embassy’s commitment to provide continuing programs that would support the plans and dreams of every Filipino in Korea to become an investor or entrepreneur as these are key to the country’s national development.
Collaborating resource persons from the Embassy were Labor Attaché Ma. Celeste M. Valderrama who presented the National Reintegration Program for OFWs, Vice Consul Lyza Marie Viejo who handled the topic Investment Options for Overseas Filipinos, and Commercial Counsellor Jose Maria Dinsay who discussed the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) TNK program and key steps on becoming an entrepreneur.
“The bottom line is attitude”, says Mr. Ramon Fernando, CEO of Nippon Tech Philippines, and a former OFW turned successful business owner who gave a presentation on Negosyo Tips for OFWs. He encouraged the participants to continuously discover business ideas especially while here in Korea, seek every opportunity to acquire new skills, master their craft, and complement one’s hard work with faith in God.
The TNK seminar on investment and entrepreneurship development is part of the Philippine Government’s Reintegration Preparedness Program for Filipinos in Korea. For those who intend to pursue the full entrepreneurship development course, PTIC’s Commercial Counsellor Dinsay announced that the next seminar will be on 13 October 2019.