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           Hear ye, seafarers and families!

This 2017, the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO),  in partnership with Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP), will open again a business plan competition for seafarers and their families.

The project “From Seafarers to Entrepreneurs: The 2017 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition (Harnessing Seafarers’ Capacities for Business Enterprises Development)” aims to encourage and hand-hold qualified seafarers intending to venture into social entrepreneurship and, at the same time, support the growth of jobs in their hometowns and communities.

            This will be on its third year since its commencement in 2015.

                “We are now in the process of planning and arranging the vital activities and undertakings related to this Competition. We are targeting to make this Competition more enhanced every year,” NRCO Director Chona Mantilla said.

                “Definitely this project will push through this year. Heto po ang aming tulong para sa ating mga marino at kanilang pamilya. Wala pong forever sa pagbabarko,” said ISP President Capt. Gaudencio Morales.

Last year, an Able Seaman from Bicolandia bagged the second “Business Plan of the Year” title in the Competition Final Round and Awarding Ceremony held at the Century Park Hotel Manila on 11 November.  

                Details on the media launching and competition process will be announced soon on the NRCO website www.nrco.dole.gov.ph, and NRCO facebook www.facebook.com/dole.nrco.

The ISP is a non-stock and non-profit organization formed and established for the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families. It aims to create avenues where the seafarers' families can improve their lives while the seafarers are on active duty; and to provide ways for their easier social reintegration after the culmination of their overseas jobs.

The NRCO, on the other hand, is mandated to develop, promote and implement a national agenda on sustainable return and reintegration to address the multi-faceted reintegration needs of returning Overseas Filipino Workers and their families, including the development of their hometowns and/or communities.

The primary clientele of the NRCO are returning OFWs who are classified as undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers; displaced, distressed and repatriated OFWs; returning OFWs or OFWs who return to the Philippines on a temporary basis with the intention of going back abroad; OFW returnees or OFWs who return to the Philippines with the intention to stay in the country on a permanent basis; and families of returning OFWs.

END (A. Camoral)