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Left Photo -  PCG Xiamen’s Acting Head of Post Elaine Mae V. Laruan-Hernandez welcomes attendees of the
Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan forum at the Consulate General on 15 May 2021 while Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta. Romana
of the Philippine Embassy in Beijing provided the Inspirational Keynote Message – Right Photo

Filipino teachers, university students, and business professionals trooped to the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen on 15 May 2021 to attend a Forum on Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan organized by the Philippine Consulate General in cooperation with the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. 

Ambassador Jose Santiago Sta. Romana provided the Inspirational Message and while commending the Filipinos for their perseverance in these times of adversities, also encouraged them to never lose hope.  He said that the Forum is “a great opportunity to learn ways to improving (themselves) and (their) families through entrepreneurship and other livelihood pursuits”.  He also thanked them for their steady cooperation with the Consulate General and assured them of the Consulate General’s commitment to assist them, in return.

BDO Unibank Inc. Vice President Ms. Patricia Lei S. Alvarillo shared the following P’s during her video-taped Presentation about Financial Literary (Savings and Investments): Pandagdag Puhunan;  Para Handa sa Sakuna;  Para Handa sa Pagtanda; and Para sa Inyong Pamilya.

She encouraged attendees of the Forum to not just keep their money in the bank as savings but should invest, either in equities or stock markets, for higher potential returns.

STR John Paul Iñigo presented information about Trabaho Negosyo Kabuhayan (TNK), an initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry and other sectors of our society to generate more jobs by promoting entrepreneurship.  STR Iñigo encouraged the attendees to embrace the entrepreneur mindset and the right entrepreneurial attitude and seek guidance from private sector partners through a Mentor ME (micro entreprenuers) program of the DTI and the Philippine Center for Entreprenuership (PCE) to help the country’s micro and small enterprises (MSEs).

The attendees have expressed appreciation for the Forum and hoped that similar activities can be held at the Consulate General in the future.