Department of Labor and Employment
National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)
Dr. Nelson Mejia, Jr. (2nd to L) received the Second Tranche of the prize in the amount of Php 300,000 during the inauguration of M/B Eiryl, the first-built sea vessel of his own MCE Shipping Lines, in City of Naga Boardwalk, Cebu last 19 February 2019. Also, in photo are (L-R) DOLE RO7 Assistant Regional Director Lilia A. Estillore, NRCO OIC-Director Roel B. Martin, and OWWA RO7 Supervising Administrative Officer Reynaldo Jacalan.
Cebu City --- The Php 500,000 grand prize winner of the 2018 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition received the second tranche of such prize during the blessing and inauguration of his first-built sea vessel.
The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and its partner, Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP) awarded the Php 300,000.00 to Dr. Nelson Mejia, Jr., 27, during the launch of M/B Eiryl in City of Naga Boardwalk, Cebu last 19 February 2019.
“Timing ang pag-award ng Second Tranche (Php 300,000) dahil magiging part ng capital expense natin ‘yon. May parts sa vessel natin na pwede na natin i-procure and with that, we can achieve the target operations by March of this year,” Dr. Mejia stated.
It can be recalled that his entry “Metro Cebu Express” won the 2018 NRCO-ISP Business Plan of the Year last 9 November 2018 in Manila.
After the Competition, he immediately formed the MCE Shipping Lines which aims to provide alternative mode of transportation to City of Naga residents going to Cebu City via sea. The business venture likewise created new employment opportunities to residents of Naga and nearby municipalities.
“The MCE Shipping Lines targets commuters who want to reach their destinations in Cebu more convenient than the land travel. The brand “My Boat” sea fleet consists of eight 64-seater boats and two 15-seater sea jeepneys,” Dr. Mejia said.
“Ang docking area nito ay dito sa City of Naga port. Thirty minutes lang ang magiging biyahe mula dito (City of Naga) hanggang Cebu City. Mabilis lang compared sa biyahe by land,” he added.
Dr. Mejia also told NRCO that he expects to employ twenty-five (25) personnel for the initial operation of the M/B Eiryl.
An initial validation has been conducted by the NRCO Region 7 Reintegration Officer prior to the awarding.
On April 2019, the NRCO and ISP will conduct an on-site visitation in the City of Naga, Cebu to monitor the initial operations of the business. The remaining amount of Php 150,000 will also be handed over to Dr. Mejia.
The 2018 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition is a special project for seafarers and their families. It aims to encourage and handhold seafarers to venture into business and entrepreneurship and, at the same time, support the growth of jobs in their respective communities. ###