National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)
A plain-turned-entrepreneur housewife of a seafarer established her own business through the cash prize she received during the awarding ceremony of the 2018 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition last November 2018.
Ms. Ana Liza Apigo from Dupax Del Norte, Nueva Viscaya joined the Competition with “Integrated Farming” as her business plan. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, she and her husband decided to stop the implementation of said business, and ventured into selling of fruit juice and named it as " Nata de Coolers".
“Nag-start po kami last January 2019. Meron lang akong isang assistant na gumagawa ng product. So far, patok naman po ang negosyo namin,” said Apigo.
They started selling the coolers and introduced them to schools, stores, bakeries, and LGU offices.
“Kumikita kami ng Php 1,000.00 sa isang araw. Malakas naman po siya kasi gawa nga ng init ng panahon ngayon. Medyo struggle lang po sa packaging kasi wala kaming makinarya sa ngayon,” Apigo said.
Even though they got struggles in packaging and production because of lack of machineries, she used what she learned during the Mentoring Round about packaging and labeling of products.
Apigo shared a message with NRCO to her fellow wives of seafarers: take every opportunity to avail government programs like the NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition, because a program like this is a tool to enhance our capability to improve our lives.”
The NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition 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. Acceptance of entries for this year is on 22 May to 6 September 2019.