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Landbank joins Pinoy WISE Events in UAE and Qatar

Landbank joined the successful back to back activities of Pinoy Worldwide Initiative for Investment Savings and Entrepreneurship (PinoyWISE) Movement in United Arab Emirates and Qatar from November 5 to November 15 to promote investments, agri-business and services to overseas Filipinos and families. Pinoy WISE is a network of government, NGOs, migrant and family organizations and private sector that provide financial education and promote investment, trade and tourism opportunities in the Philippines among the overseas Filipinos. Landbank has been a partner organization of Pinoy WISE since it was formally launched in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last November 23, 2012.

Landbank was represented by Rizaldy Cardinez, head of the Product Development Unit of the Trust Business Development Department of the Trust Banking Group in the first Pinoy WISE International Conference with theme: “Engaging Overseas Filipinos in Migration and Development Initiatives” which was held in Crown Plaza Hotel in Abu Dhabi on November 7-8, 2014. He presented the trust products of Landbank available for investment of the overseas Filipinos. The conference brought together more than 200 delegates from the Philippines, Singapore, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Germany, Netherlands and Italy. Parallel activity of the conference is the Exhibit of the participating organizations and provinces in which programs and services for overseas Filipinos, products and tourism destinations of partner Pinoy WISE provinces and private sector were showcased. Various agri-business and investment opportunities as well as services to the Overseas Filipinos and families such as the One Stop Migration Resource Centers and School-based program in addressing social cost of migration were discussed during the conference. The conference was organized by PinoyWISE- UAE, Atikha Overseas Workers & Communities Initiative, Inc. and the Bayanihan Council- an umbrella organization of all Filipino associations registered with the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi with the support of the Philippine Embassy United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Rizaldy Cardinez is part of the seventeen (17) Philippine delegation headed by Engr. Luis Banua, Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) who joined the event that included representatives of agri-based cooperatives lead by Cong. Rico Geron and Mr. Bon dela Roca of Soro-soro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC), representatives of Atikha; Dir. Mai Dizon- Anonuevo and PSR Aileen Constantino- Penas; Mr. Francisco Aguilar, CEO of an OFW owned corporation, the Filipino Migrant Workers Group Holdings, Inc. and representatives of the Local Government Units of Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Tarlac and Bohol.

From UAE, the delegates moved to Qatar for the Pinoy WISE Market Place Event with theme “Mamuhunan at Mag- Agri Negosyo, Serbisyong Tungo sa Pag-unlad ng Pamilya at Bayan Ko”. It was a one-day activity held on November 14, 2014 at Awsaj Academy Auditorium, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Qatar. Regional Director Luis Banua and Hon. Rico Geron, representative of the AGAP Party List provided the key messages of the event which is the importance of investing in the Philippines and the value for the Overseas Filipinos to engage in agriculture development. Other speakers shared good practices in mobilizing investment and providing economic and psychosocial services for Overseas Filipinos and families . The event gathered more than 150 overseas Filipinos and it was organized by PinoyWISE- Qatar and Atikha Overseas Workers & Communities Initiative, Inc with the support of the Philippine Embassy Qatar

The success of the conferences and study missions would not have been possible without the support of Pinoy WISE UAE and Pinoy WISE Qatar as well as PinoyWISE champions; Her Excellency Grace Relucio Princesa- Philippine Ambassador to United Arab Emirates and His Excellency Crecente Relacion- Philippine Ambassador to Qatar and partners of Pinoy WISE such as the Landbank of the Philippines.

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