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Region 12 OFW Association Establishes New Resto and MiniMart in Koronadal City

Koronadal City – The newest Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Resto and Minimart located at Barangay General Paulino Santos (GPS) this city is now open for business to serve Koronadaleños after its formal opening which was graced by DOLE 12 Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi.

Davie P. Celestial, a former OFW in Taiwan who worked as a spray painter for two years, is now leading 26 active members of the United OFW Region 12 Association to sustain their newest economic endeavor through the said business which also markets OFW products.

“The OFW Resto and Minimart was established foremost to encourage OFWs to invest their money wisely, through this business we also market former OFW products like eggs, rice, peanut butter, spicy vinegar, banana chips, and calamansi juice,” Celestial said.

He added that each member of the association contributed P1,000.00 for the start-up capital of the restaurant and minimart.  Celestial also revealed that their association was created after the Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training attended by 60 OFWs last September 2017 wherein DOLE XII Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi challenged them to invest their hard earned money correctly.

Celestial is now processing their documents to be a registered workers association in DOLE to access a livelihood grant to augment their business capital.

“We would like to thank DOLE - NRCO for the continued support and we are inviting everyone to patronize OFW Resto and Minimart which will be of great help to the new heroes of the country who want to invest their money and come home for good.

Managed by Nerio La Luna, who was a Seaman for 35 years and a winner of the Integrated Seafarers’ of the Philippines (ISP) Business Plan Competition last year with his Duck farm project, the OFW resto opened last January 29, 2018 and opens for business Monday to Saturday at 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Earlier, DOLE XII- Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano, CESO IV said that the agency will continue to help stakeholders who are committed to improve their lives through economic activities.


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