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Seafarers urged to join business plan competition

THE National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino workers (NCRO) has urged active and inactive seafarers in Central Visayas to join its business plan competition.

The NRCO and the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines (ISP) have set the deadline on Sept. 6, 2019.

Interested seafarers and their families are encouraged to finalize their start-up business plan proposals.

Seafarers joining the 2019 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition have a chance of winning P500,000 cash prize.

In a report to Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 Director Salome Siaton, NRCO 7 coordinator Dexter Paro said interested seafarers should be able to meet the deadline.

The 2019 NRCO-ISP Business Plan Competition is a special project for seafarers and their families by the NRCO, in partnership with the ISP.

It is open to active seafarers preferably those who are planning to retire from sea life and inactive seafarers, who have been in the Philippines for not more than five years.

“Both should be interested to venture into entrepreneurship,” said Paro.

Participants, he added, may join the competition in solo, duo or by group for a minimum of three members and a maximum of five.

“Entrants, whether solo or those falling under other categories, must be Filipino citizens and should be 25 years old or older than that,” he explained.

Qualified seafarers, who are currently on duty but are unable to attend the presentation and coordination activities related to the competition must have at least one official representative—an immediate family member—who will handle all the tasks and activities required in the competition.

All types of start-up business plans are welcome except for those that hailed from the idea of a franchising business, which means entries should be original.

Proposals could be submitted to nrcoispbusinessplan@gmail.com or at ro7.nrco@yahoo.com or at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) Regional Welfare located at the second floor of the Dole 7 Building, General Maxilom Avenue corner Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.

2018 winner

The NRCO, an agency under the supervision of the Dole and the Owwa, is mandated to develop, promote and implement a national agenda on sustainable return and reintegration of overseas Filipino workers.

The ISP is a non-profit organization formed and established for the welfare of Filipino seafarers and their families.

Last year, Dr. Nelson Mejia from Cebu City bagged the grand prize of P500,000 for his Metro Cebu Express (MCE) business proposal.

Mejia is the chief executive officer of MCE Shipping Lines that launched its fleet of passenger vessels named MyBoat ferrying passengers from the City of Naga to Cebu City.

A total of 10 finalists competed for the grand cash prize.

The primary aim of Mejia’s proposal is to provide alternative mode of transportation via sea due to traffic in Cebu City while creating new job opportunities for the Cebuanos, most especially the seafarers and their families

“I really have this dream of putting up a business that has a great impact on the community. Matagal ko nang plano ang ganitong negosyo para maibsan ang traffic sa Cebu,” said Mejia during the final round pitching. (CSL)


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