Seafarer wins P500,000 for 'walis tambo' business plan
Photo from NRCO Facebook page
For his business proposal involving THE "walis tambo," a seafarer won half a million pesos in cash prize in a yearly competition that seeks to reward the seafarer with the best business plan.
Ryan Mark Antiquera's "walis tambo" business proposal was picked from a total of 41 entries sent in by seafarers since the Business Plan Competition was announced in June.
His proposal was lauded for its "simplicity and practicality" and adherence to the organizers' objective of turning seafarers into entrepreneurs who can "support the growth of jobs" in their hometowns.
The competition was organized by the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP).
Aside from the cash prize, Antiquera will also receive assistance in registering his business and enjoy other services from the local government unit that would hopefully bring him home for good.
Nine other entries were shortlisted for the competition and were granted prizes ranging from P20,000 to P100,000.
Jackie Lou Abejaron from Region 9 received P100,000 to start her "hermosa weaving" business for coming in at second place.
Industry Choice Awardees Ma. Socorro Nonato of the National Capital Region (NCR), Michaelle Legaspi of Region 4-A , and Juncel Rosal of Region 11 took home P50,000 for their proposals.
The remaining finalists received P20,000: Angelo John Carlo Cruz, Karen Anastacio, Mitchelle Bringas, Zelda Into, and Nydia Delfin.
Winners also received a copy of the ISP's "Gabay ng Pamilyang Marino" handbook, which contains relevant and practical information for seafarers, their families, and would-be seafarers.
NRCO Director Chona Mantilla encouraged seafarers to join the competition next year and cited the success story of the 2015 Business Plan of the Year awardee as proof of its success. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News