WASHINGTON, DC – “ While the Philippine government is ready with all its reintegration programs for all our overseas Filipinos and returning workers, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to start a movement that acknowledges and taps the resources of non-government organization, civil society and the overseas Filipinos and the overseas Filipino workers themselves inspired by the Filipino tradition of bayanihan. This movement, dubbed as Balikabayanihan seeks to invite Filipino to a fellow kababayan in terms of acquiring new skills, if not enriching, exploring business opportunities and of tapping the right agencies of government,” Labor Attaché Angela Librado-Trinidad said in a webinar held here in Washington DC last February 18, 2021.

The webinar was conducted by the Embassy of the Philippines, through the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, in partnership with the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce in Metro Washington DC, in order to explore potential business and investment opportunities for Overseas Filipino, including Overseas Filipino Workers by showcasing a family farm, a cooperative and an online business.

Ms. Gigi Morris, School Director of MOCA Family Farm Learning Center stressed that the success of a family farm is not based on the size of the farm but on how the land and its inherent resources are optimized. “Trainings such as those provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TEDA) and other training centers are important to start and manage your farm, so we must attend and participate in these trainings,” Morris said.

Congressman Rico Geron, who also acts as CEO of Soro-Soro Ibaba Development Cooperative emphasized that while investing in cooperative helps their savings to grow, it also creates job opportunities for their local communities. Investment in a cooperative contributes to local economic development through its businesses and investments.

Online business opportunities were presented by Mr. Adjo Gonzalez, Business Development Specialist of AHG Direct Products and Services. Though there are many online businesses with limited start-up capital that one can venture on, it is important that in starting a profitable online business is to find a business idea that matches your skills and strengths. ###