The Philippine Embassy in Seoul held the pilot implementation of “Balikbayani Tourism Reintegration Program for Overseas Filipinos in Korea,” co-organized by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Philippine Department of Tourism in Seoul (PDOT-Seoul) and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), respectively on 29 November 2020.
In his opening remarks, Chargé d’affaires, a.i. Christian L. De Jesus highlighted that South Korea is the first Philippine Foreign Service Post to hold the Balikbayani Tourism Reintegration Program. “With its addition to our existing menu of services, our overseas Filipinos in Korea can now be equipped for alternative jobs, or to become future investors in tourism,” said Chargé d’affaires De Jesus.
Speaking on behalf of DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat, Director Rowena Yu-Montecillo of the DOT-Office of Industry Manpower Development cited the crucial role of overseas Filipinos in the country’s tourism industry.
The webinar is the Embassy’s 15th in the series of online seminars held this year to promote reintegration preparedness among the members of the Filipino community in Korea.
It covered topics on Philippine tourism industry outlook, business opportunities, government support for returning OFWs, micro-retail marketing, market demand, requirements, and business returns in farm tourism. The pilot webinar had 138 registered participants and over 2,100 views on FB Live.