Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Agri-fisheries business options laid before OFWs in South Korea

Filipinos attended a seminar organized by the Philippine Agriculture in South Korea to learn of possible businesses they can invest in upon their return to the Philippines.
Held at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) on February 19, more than 150 Filipinos attended the Agribusiness Investment Forum to learn about the various investment opportunities in agriculture and fisheries industry.
OFWs were taught how they can invest in livestock raising, high value crops, coconut and aquaculture production to give them options to continue building their wealth after their return and to help stimulate the sector in the Philippines.
Reintegration programs and financing options for OFWs were also discussed to teach them what government programs they could rely on to start their businesses with.
Aleli Maghirang, head of the Philippine Agriculture Office in Seoul, said the event was organized in response to Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol's goal of providing people easy access to investment opportunities.
"It aims to provide our stakeholders not only with investment opportunities but also easy access to financing. By doing so, we will be able to boost the productivity of the agriculture and fisheries sector, improve our food production which can cater both the domestic and export markets,” Maghirang said.
Sally Han, an English teacher in South Korea, said the seminar "was a great help for OFWs in South Korea" as it helped them learn how to invest their money wisely.
“Itong seminar na ito, nakadulot ng malaking tulong para matuto ang mga OFWs dito sa South Korea kung paano nila gamitin ang kanilang pinaghirapan mula sa buong job contract nila,” Han said.
Michael Sarmiento, a Filipino community leader based in Gimhae, agreed and thanked the government for the opportunity. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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