The awardees this year are: WOW Spa and Beauty Salon, Waffle Express, Passi Balik-sa-Bayan, Inc, Spa Kalusugan /Sanctuaryo Beauty and Wellness Training Center, Lucky’s Panganan, and Lingap Galing Cleaning Consultants. While the business plans were mostly submitted by teams, WIMLER observes that in some cases a member of the team is the one who actually implemented the business plans but with the full support from other team members. In view of this, WIMLER also recognizes the team members for their contribution.
The business plans are aimed at enhancing the participants’ skills and knowhow in starting a social enterprise. If properly implemented, the business could help their eventual return and reintegration in the Philippines. Since LSE was introduced in Hong Kong three years ago, 158 Filipino migrant workers and some Filipino residents in Hong Kong have already graduated and presented a total of 65 business plans. Those who are interested in implementing their business plans receive mentoring and coaching.
To find out how the business plans are faring, WIMLER HK issued a call to all alumni to submit descriptions of their respective businesses. Proofs such as business permit, SEC registration, and pictures are required to be able to qualify.
So far, five teams and one individual responded. “We hope this recognition will inspire other LSE graduates to follow their footsteps. Nothing is impossible if they work hard,” Leila Rispens-Noel, co-founder of WIMLER Foundation HK said.
“We are aware that many LSE alumni defer the implementation of their business plans until they finally decide to go home for good. They have difficulties finding the right people to manage the business. Some need to raise the required capital although others have started preparing the necessary documents required to start a business in the Philippines. Others are taking additional courses in Hong Kong to enhance their skills and qualifications. For instance, a group of LSE graduates are now busy acquiring accreditation from TESDA.” The 44 LSE 30 participants who graduated last October 11 are not yet included in this call.
The LSE is a joint initiative of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (ASOG) with the Overseas Filipinos Society for the Promotion of Economic Security (OFSPES), SEDPI, Ugat Foundation, the Philippine Consulate, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The course is organized and coordinated in Hong Kong by WIMLER Foundation HK.
Profile of 2015 Awardees
Wow Spa and Beauty Salon
Waffle Express Cart
Lucky’s Panganan is an eatery set up by Lynette Fajardo and her teammate Abeguel Ong, both LSE 22 graduates and Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong. After attending LSE 22, they came up with an idea where to invest some of their savings while working in Hong Kong in preparation for their re-integration. Panganan is an Ilocano term of eatery. The purpose of the business is to help students and their community by offering them affordable and healthy meal.
Since noodle dishes are popular, affordable and easy to prepare, they decided to venture into noodle business. Lucky's Panganan started operations last February 2015 with the help of Lynette's parents, Mr. Esteban Garcia as cook and Mrs. Connie Garcia as financial manager.
Lucky’s Panganan is located near some schools in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya like Saint Mary’s University, Bayombong Central School, PLT College, and Nueva Vizcaya State University exactly where their targeted clients can be found. Their other purpose is to support feeding program in their community for grade school pupils. Lucky Panganan gives free nutritional food every three months in cooperation with Guardians Bona Fide For Hope Foundation Inc. and Guardians Nationalist of the Philippines Bagong Silang - Chapter Yuen long Hong Kong.
“LSE has big impact on me specially in setting my personal goals. I learned many things from LSE and I feel little by little, I am achieving some of my plans like setting up my own business to help not only my direct family but also other people,” says Lynette.
“I know I will not be working in Hong Kong all my life. It is difficult to be separated from my family. I cannot take care of my own children and watch them grow.”
“LSE opened my eyes that I should be reunited with my family. With the help of my parents, I hope to see my business grow so one day soon, I can go home for good.”
Passi City Balik-sa-Bayan, Inc.
Ten elementary pupils from Anecito Panolino Elementary School in Brgy. Dalicanan, Passi City, Iloilo received educational assistance in 2015 with the help of Passinhon abroad. In addition, they organized Giving and Feeding program in five barangays of Passi City.
Spa Kalusugan Hong Kong /Sanctuaryo Beauty and Wellness Training Center Bacolod City
Lingap Galing Cleaning Consultants
Lingap Galing Cleaners (LGCC) is a company with a social mission established in late 2012. It was set up by returning migrant workers from Hong Kong in partnership with development professionals, community organizers and concerned local entrepreneurs based in the Philippines to offer livelihood and additional income sources to low-income women in various communities in Metro Manila. The team members are: Ching Baltazar, Cristina Cayat, Lenlen Mesina, and Gina Ordona.