THIS year’s OFW and Family Summit will focus on giving livelihood opportunities to overseas Filipino workers in agriculture, said Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food and director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG).
“The prospect for agriculture is promising with our government’s renewed commitment to support this sector. We are also starting to reap the benefits of our legislative efforts to train our farmers on modern farming techniques and financial know-how,” Villar said.
The 7th OFW and Family Summit is slated on Nov. 22 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
It will put on centerstage OFWs who turned successful entrepreneurs in agriculture or ‘agri-preneurs.’
The activity is open for all OFWs or beneficiaries such as spouse, children, parents or siblings of OFWs.
Registration is free upon presentation of a photocopy of passport or proof of remittance or seaman’s book or job contract and proof of kinship to OFW such as marriage certificate or birth certificate. Online registration can also be done through http://ofwsummit2017.villarsipag.org.
The one-day summit, themed “Kabuhayan sa Agrikultura para sa Pamilyang OFW,” will open with a welcome message from Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, followed by a message from former Senate President Manuel Villar, also founding chairman of Villar SIPAG.
Attendees will also benefit from experts who will speak on different subjects.
Lawyer Angelo Valencia, senior fellow for Agri-business, Development Academy of the Philippines, will speak on financial literacy; Engr. Irene Bringas, chief executive officer of the Abra Diocesan Teachers and Employees and Brian Belen of Ato Belen Farm will speak on farm school establishment.
Dr. Aladino Moraca, operations manager and program head on the Muscovado Project and Agribusiness Program of the Central Philippines State University, Iloilo City, will discuss how farm mechanization and processing help minimize production losses of farms.
Divina Quemi, manager and CEO of Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives, Vigan City; Lina Soriano, LandBank program officer on OFWs and Ed de Guzman, program officer on Agriculture Loans will tackle microfinancing available to OFWs through cooperatives and credit facilities.