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Fortifying OFW financial well-being

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Philippine ambassador to Belgium Eduardo de Vega.

Filipinos who choose to work overseas and far away from home embody the saying, “Not all heroes wear capes.”

They sacrifice the time better spent with their loved ones working in a foreign land to sustain the living of the ones they left at home. In spite of getting better compensation compared to working in their own country, some of them still have to deal with financial qualms.

This drove the Philippine Embassy in Brussels in Belgium to host an orientation seminar to promote financial well-being of Filipinos abroad and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among them.

“The huge turnout shows how our kababayans care about their future and their loved ones,” Philippine ambassador to Belgium Eduardo de Vega said.

“We are hopeful that the Embassy and our partner agencies have inspired them to properly invest their hard-earned money so that they can start a business, buy a house or retire comfortably in the Philippines,” the envoy shared.

Filipinos from two of Belgium’s biggest cities in Brussels and Antwerp gathered for a seminar that was planned and organized by various entities with same goal.

These included the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG Fund, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PITC).

The momentous event also capped the first time that a joint outreach project was implemented by both the embassy an PITC branch in Brussels with SSS London, Pag-IBIG London and the new OWWA Berlin.

Pegged to be participated by some 160 Filipinos, the orientation was headed by Commercial Attache Benedict Uy of PITC.

Also, Labor Attache Delmer Cruz of POLO-Berlin, Welfare Officer Sylvia Gabriel of OWWA-Berlin, SSS Representative Thelma Villanueva-Venturanza of SSS-London and Member Services Office Maria Mangalile of the Pag-IBIG Fund in London were present in the event.

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