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Department of Labor and Employment

National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO)

November 2019


Cebu Provincial Gov’t issues resolution supporting OWWA-NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition

The provincial government of Cebu recently issued a resolution to support the Business Plan Competition of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), in partnership with Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP).

Authored by Provincial Board Member Thadeo Jovito Ouano, the Resolution No. 1876-2019 aims to support the proposal of OWWA to hold a Business Plan Competition for seafarers and their families which will help in the promotion of the reintegration preparedness of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with their families.

Stated in the resolution is that the competition will help our seafarers strive hard in order to win and get a change to do business with support of OWWA and its affiliated manning agencies for the success of their chosen businesses.

            The NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition aims to provide seafarers and their families intending to set-up their own business the help they may need to develop viable business plans and ideas and turn them into business solutions to real social problems in their hometown or community.

Cebu is one of the provinces in the Philippines were most Filipino seafarers came from. According to the NRCO data, since the inception of the competition in 2015, there were three finalists from said province.

The  Competition is a special project of the NRCO and ISP. Each year since 2015, seafarers bagged the Php 500,000 grand prize:

  • 2015 – Seaweeds Farming in Masinloc, Zambales by seafarer William Gaspay
    • 2016 – Soft Broom Making in Manito, Albay by seafarer Ryan Mark Antiquera (together with his parents Freddie and Elsa)
    • 2017 – Ruminant Feeds Production and Distribution in Sta. Ignacia, Tarlac by Capt. Oswald Rollorazo & Jason Javier
    • 2018 – Metro Cebu Express in City of Naga, Cebu by seafarer Dr. Nelson Mejia, Jr.


The Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines 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. ###