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PCG to work with CARD HK in giving fin-lit to OFWs

24 September 2019

By Daisy CL Mandap
Image may contain: 15 people, including Emelia Dellosa, Fidelita Lagud Galia, Leo A. Deocadiz, Marites Palma, Victoria Reyes Munar, Edna LolaAktibista Aquino and Venus Alunday, people smiling, people sitting
Congen Raly Tejada with Card HK's officers and trainors


Consul General Raly Tejada has given the go-ahead for the Philippine Consulate to serve as the venue for the free financial literacy seminars given to Filipino domestic workers by Card HK Foundation.

His assurance came as Card HK held its first financial education seminar at the Consulate on Sept 22, with 47 Filipino household workers taking part.

Before the start of the seminar, Congen Tejada met with a delegation from Card HK who briefed him on what the foundation has been doing to help migrants plan for their future and avoid the debt trap, the biggest bane of Filipinos who go abroad to work.
Tejada acknowledged the big problem faced by the community in weaning Filipino workers away from high-risk loans, and enthusiastically agreed to provide the venue for Card’s future fin-lit seminars.

The group from Card HK was made up of founder Edna Aquino, Board member Leo Deocadiz, lead trainor Victoria Munar, trainor Marites Palma and Card, Inc. area manager Jireh Duhina, who came to observe the training process.

Aquino said more than 3,000 OFWs in Hong Kong have undergone Card HK’s fin-lit training since it began nine years ago.
What’s unique about the program, she said, is that migrant workers who had undergone the training are now conducting it themselves, like Munar and Palma. This is in line with Card HK’s advocacy of empowering migrants not only through emancipating them from money-related problems, but also in allowing them to help others.
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CG Tejada addressed the fin-lit participants

Aside from the fin-lit program, Card HK also conducts entrepreneurship and livelihood trainings for OFWs.

Deocadiz noted Card HK’s tie-up with its mother organization, the Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning micro enterprise Card MRI in the Philippines, in providing a follow-mechanism for the families of OFWs who have undergone training.
He said that an exposure trip to the community work done by Card MRI, especially with family members of Hong Kong-based OFWs, was what convinced him to join the foundation.

Aquino cited Munar as an example of those who have been helped, saying her two daughters had been recruited to work with Card in the Philippines.

Duhina, who has been following up on HK-based trainees, said that of the 3,040 OFWs who have joined the fin-lit program, Card MRI has managed to visit the families of 2,248.

Of these, 1,1621 families have joined Card’s programs, which include savings, loans for business, health care and insurance.

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CG Tejada with Card officers pose with participants

Card HK Foundation was founded by Card MRI in April 2010, on the belief that through its educational and training programs, Filipinos in Hong Kong can be helped in building their capacities toward financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Its website adds: “The goal is to support them in realizing their aspirations to have a better future for themselves and their families back home, and to eventually promote harmony between Filipino employees and their employers here in Hong Kong, thereby ultimately benefiting the entire city.”

Those interested to join Card HK’s future trainings can visit its Facebook page, Card Hong Kong  Foundation, to sign up and get more information.
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