Go Negosyo para sa OFW - Pat A. Sto Tomas

Posted at 01/10/10 4:46 PM

Nabanggit ko sa ating nakaraang kolum ang kahalagahan ng pagnenegosyo bilang isang makahulugang alternatibo para sa ating mga OFWs na nagnanais ng huminto sa pagtatarabaho sa ibang bansa at manatili na lamang dito sa atin upang makasama na for good ang mga mahal sa buhay.

Kapag ito ay ating pag-iisipan at paghahandaan, sigurado ako na ito ay magdudulot sa atin ng lalong maalwan na kinabukasan.

Katulad na lamang nitong dalawang OFWs na nabanggit ni Mr. Joey Concepcion sa kanyang column sa Philippine Star na may pamagat na TAGUMPAY at lumabas noong December 14 (page K-1) last year. Ako ay humingi ng kapahintulutan kay Mr. Joey Concepcion na i-reprint ang bahagi ng kanyang column para sa kaalaman ng ating mga tagasubaybay at baka sakali ito ay makapag-inspire sa marami sa atin na pag-isipan ang pagnenegosyo. Narito ang bahagi ng kanyang column:

“I would like to share real stories of ordinary people, who strive for a better life for themselves and their family. Regarded as our modern heroes, OFWs sacrifice their time for family in order to work abroad. Let me share with you the story of two remarkable OFW entrepreneurs and I hope that those who are about to give up will continue to try and try again.

Go Negosyo has encountered an inspiring tagumpay story of a former OFW we recently awarded in Davao. Her name is Myrna Padilla. She is the founder and president of Mynd Consulting and Management Services — a major player in the BPO industry in Davao.

The eldest of six children, Myrna was born to a fisherman and a housewife. They struggled to raise a family of eight in a small fishing village. At the age of eight, Myrna would dive 10 to 15 feet to gather wild seaweed and shellfish under the coral. She would sell them in the market and would give half of her profit to her mother. The other half, she would spend to buy pen and paper for school. Myrna also recalls the many nights that her family would sleep with empty stomachs.

Myrna worked her way through high school. After graduation, she tried her luck in Manila with the intention of working abroad. After doing odd jobs in the Philippines, Myrna also endured 15 years of working as an OFW in three different countries. She was also able to take short technical courses in basic IT and computer secretariat during her days off.

In 2006, she had to undergo throat and thyroid surgery. Myrna decided to go back home to the Philippines for the surgery and stay for good. Back home, she started her own IT-related business with her life savings. Three years later, she has come a long way from her diving days. Myrna is a true model for OFWs all over the world.

I encountered another inspiring OFW tagumpay story from last year’s City Microentrepreneur of the Year Award. I was one of the judges. During the deliberation, I came to know about the entrepreneurial journey of Mang Lino.

Elino Andres, fondly known as Mang Lino, used to work as an overseas Filipino worker in the Middle East with his wife. In 2001, he was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of blood cancer that deteriorates and weakens the body. This was when they returned to their home in Batangas.

With his sickness, he commuted back and forth from Nasugbu to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. The expenses for travel already became a burden on Mang Lino’s family. For months, he endured the continuous tests and treatments. As the medical expenses were hurting him as much as his disease, Mang Lino then qualified for a foreign foundation grant that funded his medication requirements.

For his wife and son, despite his condition, Mang Lino tried selling fish at the local market or working as a jeepney driver for income. He was able to observe as his innate ability to listen to his customers surfaced. He also ventured into selling eggs and participated in a promotion campaign by a major food and beverage company. Mang Lino was then loaned a motorcycle with a sidecar. Since he was restricted to selling the company’s products, he returned the sidecar and customized his own. With more grocery items and his egg supply, Mang Lino was able to set up his own rolling store, which generated more sales.

Mang Lino’s next move was his “Text Mo, Deliver Ko” service. His regular customers would text him their specific orders from the public market and grocery, and he would then deliver them along with his eggs and other regular grocery items. Mang Lino’s system allows him to minimize his working capital and the need to further increase his inventory. This business enabled him to qualify for a loan from a rural bank. He used the loan to set up a small convenience store to complement his rolling store. As his business progressed, he later ventured into the artificial insemination of pigs.

At 62 years old, he takes pride in one of his greatest achievements — education for his son, who finished Nursing. He feels blessed with the continuous medical support from the foreign foundation, the financial support from the rural bank, and the emotional support he receives from his family, friends, community and customers. He takes pride in overcoming his challenges, providing education for his son, and in raising a firm family.

Myrna and Mang Lino are indeed modern heroes. Their journeys are proof that nothing is impossible with the strong determination to succeed against poverty. They are only two of the countless OFWs all over the world who are struggling to provide a better future for their family. Myrna and Mang Lino are not ashamed of what they had to go through in order to survive. They are proud of both their accomplishments and struggles in life, which lead them to reach for tagumpay mula sa kahirapan.

To the OFWs out there and to those returning home to be with their families this Christmas, I do hope that this story will inspire you to plan for your future. One day, at the right time, you too can start your own negosyo and prove that Filipinos are not destined to be poor.”

Nakaka-inspire ‘yong nagawa ni Myrna at ni Elino di ba? Sa kabila ng kanilang pagkakasakit na siyang nagpahinto sa kanila bilang OFWs sila ay lakas loob nang pumasok sa pagnenegosyo at nagtagumpay nga.

Marahil, at malaki ang aking paniniwala na kayo ay magtatagumpay din sakaling kayo ay magdesisyon na pumasok sa pagnenegosyo sa darating na panahon. Kaya lang katulad na lahat na bagay na nais nating pasukan ito ay dapat lang na atin namang pag-isipan at paghandaan.

At malaki ang maitutulong dito ni Mr. Joey Concepcion at ng kanyang samahang Go Negosyo na nagbibigay ng libreng business advice. Kung kayo ay interesado pwede kayong makipag-ugnayan sa Go Negosyo Secretariat sa 5th Floor, RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer corner Sheridan Streets, Mandaluyong City. Ang telephone numbers ay (02) 637-9229 at (02) 637-9347. Ang kanilang e-mail address ay [email protected] o di kaya ay bisitahin ang kanilang website sa www.gonegosyo.net para sa libreng business advice.

Pag-isipan ang pagnenegosyo. Malay natin. Baka ang mga parating na mga bagong business Taipans ay manggagaling sa hanay ng ating mga OFWs.

Maraming salamat sa inyong patuloy na pagsubaybay.