In another pioneering initiative, the Philippine Embassy in Seoul held the webinar launch of Promoting Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness to Filipinos in Korea, or “PEAK Pinoy” on 21 March 2021 in Seoul.
PEAK Pinoy builds on the successes of entrepreneurship, agribusiness, livelihood and investment seminars conducted by the Embassy since 2018, through Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) led by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC); Kaalaman, Kabuhayan para sa Kinabukasan (KKK) led by Philippine Agriculture Office (PAO); and the National Reintegration Program led by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO – OWWA).
With PEAK Pinoy, the Embassy introduces an innovative and integrated approach to providing entrepreneurship and agribusiness seminars for Filipinos in Korea that is customized to their needs, featuring opportunities in the different regions of the Philippines and providing important linkages between Philippine-based offices and Filipinos even while they are still in Korea. On 18 March 2021, the PTIC, PAO and POLO signed an agreement to collaborate, develop and implement PEAK-Pinoy in the next two years.
Embassy Charge d’ Affaires (CDA), a.i. Christian L. de Jesus, who witnessed the signing, remarked during the launch, “Sa pamumuno ng ating Pangulong Duterte, ang mga sangay ng ating pamahalaan tulad ng DA, DTI, DOLE at OWWA ay nagsanib pwersa para mas mapadali at mapalakas ang kakayanan ng mga mamamayan, lalo na ng ating mga returning overseas Filipinos, na mag-negosyo sa ating bansa. Ang PEAK-Pinoy ay pagpapatunay na kasama ninyo ang inyong Embahada sa layuning ito.”
Unveiling the Agri-Negosyo Program for OFWs, DA Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Caballero presented how this one-stop shop facility on agriculture and agri-business related programs and services of DA, DTI, DOST, DILG and TESDA can assist returning OFWs in starting and transforming traditional agriculture to more modern, high value agribusiness.
DTI Undersecretary Irineo Vizmonte cited the particularly keen interest of OFWs in Korea in entrepreneurship and encouraged participants to take advantage of every opportunity to develop entrepreneurial mindsets, innovation and marketing while in Korea.
“We are always thankful for all the webinars the Embassy provides us. These are very helpful for someone like me who is going home for good this year,“ wrote J. Besilos, an OFW in Korea who was one of the 120 registered participants to the first PEAK Pinoy seminar series.
The Embassy announced that the succeeding PEAK Pinoy seminars which will focus on entrepreneurship and agrinegosyo opportunities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will commence in May 2021.