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Pinoy WISE Encourages Overseas Filipinos from UAE and Qatar to invest in their Local Communities

The first Pinoy WISE International Conference with theme: “Engaging Overseas Filipinos in Migration and Development Initiatives” was held in Crown Plaza Hotel in Abu Dhabi on November 7-8, 2014. It brought together around 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.


Delegates headed by RD Luis Banua, Regional Director of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA 4 A), Mai Dizon-Anonuevo of Atikha and Congressman Rico Geron, CEO of SIDC shared about agri-business and investment opportunities in Cavite, Laguna and Batangas, Tarlac and Bohol 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. 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.


The Pinoy WISE Market Place with theme “Mamuhunan at Mag- Agri Negosyo, Serbisyong Tungo sa Pag-unlad ng Pamilya at Bayan Ko” was held on November 14 at Awsaj Academy Auditorium, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Qatar. RD Luis Banua was the Keynote Speaker who encouraged the overseas Filipinos to share their resources towards the development of their communities. The delegates from Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Tarlac shared the good practices in providing economic and psychosocial programs. 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.


Pinoy WISE is a network of government, NGOs, migrant and family organizations and private sector to provide financial education and promote investment, trade and tourism opportunities in the Philippines among the overseas Filipinos.

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; HE Grace Relucio Princesa- Philippine Ambassador to United Arab Emirates and HE Crecente Rela-cion- Philippine Ambassador to Qatar.

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