Established in 1967, The Center for Research and Communication (CRC) of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) is a private voluntary organization with core operations in social research, education, economics, management and communication. Founded by Dr. Jesus Estanislao and Dr. Bernardo Villegas, CRC is known to be at the forefront of research on overseas migration.
Promoting Effective OFW Reintegration is the theme of this year’s social enterprise forum. Its goal is to promote entrepreneurship for migrant returnees as a means of livelihood. Bansan Choa talked about Infrastructure and Housing as a business prospect since there is a growing market of retirement homes. Today, the Philippines is considered one of the top retirement destinations in the world due to the following reasons: low cost of living, young and articulate population, availability of medical facilities and retirement infrastructures.
Other guest speakers and their topics include Albert Valenciano (Policy and Program Development Office Head of OWWA) – Investment Prospects for Professional Migrant Returnees, Melvin Caseda (Program Coordination and Monitoring Division Chief of National Reintegration Center for OFWs) – Livelihood Programs for Distressed and Displaced Migrant Returnees, Lamberto Francisco Ramirez (Vice President for Operations of Bagong Alyansa ng mga Mamamayang pang Transportasyon para sa Edukasyon at Reporma) – Transporation Livelihood, Peter Lee (UA&P School of Economics Dean) – Small Scale Energy Business Opportunities, Ian Francis Loria (AVP for Administration and Operations of Planters Products) – Agricultural Livelihood and Alejandro Lukban (President of Co-op Works) – Cooperative Livelihood.
Veronica Ramirez, Operations Director for CRC facilitated the forum while Dr. Bernardo Villegas, Research Director for CRC gave the closing remarks.