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Pinoy WISE HK holds two events for migrants

25 February 2017

Guests and participants of the back to back event of Pinoy WISE HK, the Reintegration Planning and Counseling and Market Place held at Best Western Plus Hotel.


More than 100 Filipino domestic workers attended an advanced level seminar held by Pinoy WISE HK or Pinoy Worldwide Initiative for Investment Savings and Entrepreneurship at Best Western Plus Hotel in Sai Ying Pun on Jan. 29.

The organizer, which provides free financial education to Filipinos in Hong Kong, urged participants to focus on their migration goal in the Reintegration Planning and Counseling session held in the morning.

The afternoon session called Market Place, gave migrants the opportunity to look at the different investment vehicles for their money.

The two events, organized by OFWs trained by Atikha last year to become speakers and lecture organizers, are part of the ladderized program of Pinoy WISE HK, with the first level being the basic financial education offered by other NGOs like Enrich, Ateneo-LSE and CARD HK
This is the reason why Atikha executive director Mai Dizon-Anonuevo, who spear-headed the opening of Pinoy WISE in Hong Kong, said she is thankful to all the financial education providers in Hong Kong. “Mas pinamadali nila ang aming trabaho,” she said.

Dizon-Anonuevo said she  is optimistic to get more migrants to invest in their own provinces since they already have basic financial education.

She said family members of migrant workers who join the program could benefit from Atikha’s  free seminars, livelihood trainings, business link-ups, investment programs and even social welfare intervention in their hometowns, when needed.

The event was highlighted by the signing of partnership agreements between representatives of Ifugao province led by board member Victor Bunnol Jr, Atikha and Pinoy WISE HK. The agreement is to forge cooperation to promote the culture of savings in all ten Ifugao organizations here in Hong Kong. Ifugao is one of provinces where Atikha has formed a partnership with the local government. The others are Agusan del Sur, Batangas, Bicol, Iloilo, Laguna, Mindoro, Tarlac and Surigao del Sur.
Pinoy WISE provides free financial education to anyone interested. Its basic course, or level 1, will be held on Feb 26, 9am-5pm at Bayanihan Centre.- Cris Cayat

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