National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)
Twelve years of being a seafarer was not an easy job. You need to sacrifice your time with your family to support them. That is the life of a seafarer who once dreamed to become an entrepreneur.
Born from the City of Davao, Mr. Juncel Rosal takes his step to change his path. “Naalala ko yung kasabihan: walang forever sa pagbabarko-- pero sa pamilya meron”, he said. In 2016, Mr. Rosal decided to join the NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition which was organized by the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) in partnership with Integrated Seafarer of the Philippines (ISP). Having his determination to create a business plan “Integrated Hog Farming”, he won the 5th prize in the said competition and got the Php 50,000 cash prize. However, there were bumps and diversions along the way.
Rosal was not able to continue his proposed business due to some setbacks as to where to put his piggery. He also got conflicts in processing permits. Nevertheless, he did not stop there.
“Tamang tama noon, mag-December na. Marami nang demands for lights and sounds dahil party time. Since dati mayroon kaming lights and sounds business ng tatay ko, may nagtanong sa akin kung pwede pa ba akong kunin na provider. Tiningnan ko. Click naman siya hanggang ngayon,” Rosal said.
He paused for pursuing the hogs farming and decided to continue the lights and sounds business which is running for two years.
“Ginamit ko yung napanalunan ko para ipagpatuloy yung lights and sounds. Sa umpisa nag re-rent lang kami ng mga gamit o equipment para ma-cater namin ang mga clients namin then yung income ginamit namin sa pag upgrade ng gamit,” he said.
Every month, Rosal receives Php 80,000 to Php 100,000 income from his business. “Malaki ang naitulong nito sa akin. Kung wala siguro akong pinagkakakitaan ngayon, siguro bumalik na lang ako sa pagbabarko. Wala kaming anak ni Misis pero masaya ako na makatulong sa anak ng kapatid niya na pinag-aral naming. Sa wakas magkakaroon na kami ng teacher, at magtatapos na siya sa susunod na taon,” said Rosal.
“Yung mga natutunan ko sa Mentoring Round ng NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition gaya ng Financial Literacy at Human Resource Management ay nagamit ko rin sa business ko ngayon. Tumutulong ako sa mga kabataan na 18 years old pataas na magkaroon sila ng summer job habang bakasyon nila sa school o di kaya nag aalok kami ng part time job,” he added.
Rosal said that he still has plans of putting up the Integrated Hog Farming. According to him, he wanted to be hands-on with this business.
He also got an advice for his fellow OFWs. “Mahirap mangibang bansa kaya habang nasa ibang bansa sila importante na makapag-ipon sila. Kapag plano nila na magtayo ng business ituloy nila basta kailangan magsikap at magtiyaga,” he said.
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.